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NFL Media reports that Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango was advised by the NFL Draft Advisory Board last December to stay at Baylor.

Drango considered jumping to the pros early and submitted paper work to check in on his status. The board apparently didn't think he'd go in the first two rounds, perhaps because he was coming off back surgery and was never 100-percent healthy last season. The board got it wrong with D.J. Humphries and may have done so with Drango, but the Bears' prospect can now potentially move into the upper-half of Round 1 with a great season. "The Bears' third-year starter at left tackle might play in a hurry-up, no-huddle offense, but don't mistake him for a finesse player. He is one of the best run blockers in the Big 12," wrote Chase Goodbread.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 6:44 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread believes Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman "can overwhelm offensive tackles purely with physical traits and less with technique."

"There remains a sense among Big 12 insiders that he's still not fully tapped his vast potential. That might have something to do with the fact that he can overwhelm offensive tackles purely with physical traits and less with technique," Goodbread wrote. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound prospect has a NFL-ready-frame and shows a ton of athleticism for a prospect his size. In 2014, the Baylor prospect lead the Big 12 with 1.54 tackles for loss per game.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 3:40 PM

Baylor redshirt junior QB Seth Russell has run a 4.49 second 40-yard dash.

That time is faster than Marcus Mariota's. And it isn't all: Baylor has measured his vertical jump at 41.6 and his broad jump at 10-feet, 4-inches. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Russell is the latest NFL prospect behind center for Baylor. Russell shares Bryce Petty's good frame, big arm and surprising athleticism, but we're hoping to see a bit more natural polish when structure breaks down this fall. Russell has one of the nation's best supporting casts, led by WRs Corey Coleman and KD Cannon.
May 19 - 12:48 AM

NFL Media notes that "some think [Baylor redshirt junior QB Seth Russell] could be better than his predecessor [Bryce Petty] behind center."

Russell briefly led the nation in passing efficiency last season when filling in for an injured Petty. He was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for dropping 438 yards and five touchdowns on Northwestern State in September. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Russell should be one of the nation's most prolific passers in 2015 and is a darkhorse early Heisman candidate.
Source: NFL.com
May 18 - 9:33 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that if Baylor junior DT Andrew Billings can improve on his "technique and discipline," he'll "soon be playing" in the NFL.

"Although he needs to improve his backfield vision and pre-snap anticipation, Billings flashes dominant qualities when he keeps his pad level low, rolls his hips at the point of attack and pushes his momentum into the backfield. If the technique and discipline catch up to his natural brawling strength and mentality, then he'll soon be playing in a NFL stadium near you," Brugler writes. The Baylor prospect became a full-time starter for the Bears in 2014, recording 37 total tackles, 2 sacks, with 11.5 tackles for loss.
Source: CBS Sports
May 18 - 3:31 PM

Baylor redshirt senior LT Spencer Drango "could be next year's version of Zack Martin or Brandon Scherff," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Entering his fourth season as Baylor's starting left tackle, Drango could be next year's version of Zack Martin or Brandon Scherff – a dominant college left tackle with a first round skill-set that projects best inside in the NFL," Brugler wrote. While some analysts have mocked Drango as a first-round talent, our own Josh Norris did not have a first-round grade for the Baylor prospect. Brugler notes that Drango's "transition from Baylor's spread offense to pro-style will be a sizeable challenge." In order for Drango to improve his draft stock, he'll have show and prove he can be a dominant force this season.
Source: CBS Sports
May 18 - 2:38 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman's "development as a senior in 2015 will ultimately determine whether he's a top pick or not."

"A freakish specimen on the hoof, Oakman physically has the look of a future high draft pick, but his development as a senior in 2015 will ultimately determine whether he's a top pick or not," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound prospect usually gets noted for his physique for first, however, Oakman will have to impress with his technique moving forward, to show evaluators he's able to put it all together. The Baylor prospect recorded 19.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks for the Bears last season.
Source: CBS Sports
May 18 - 2:21 PM

Baylor redshirt senior LT Spencer Drango "could be a swing player in the NFL at guard and tackle," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

Newberg praised Drango for "wisely" returning for another year at Baylor and ranked him as the No. 22 prospect. Drango, who has started 34 games on campus, only allowed one sack last year. "He graded out at 88%, had 31 knockdown blocks and 16 touchdown resulting blocks," Newberg documented. "He gets off the ball very well and plays with good leverage."
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 6:24 PM

Scout.com's Jamie Newberg grades Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the No. 14 prospect in the nation.

"Oakman is a monster with incredible size at 6-foot-8," wrote Newberg. "He literally has enormous talent, as Oakman is long, quick and strong at right defensive end." The 275-pound Oakman, a Penn State transfer, recorded 48 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks last season. CBS Sports' Rob Rang grades him as the best senior prospect in the nation.
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 5:08 PM

Baylor redshirt senior LT Spencer Drango was named an honorable mention on Mel Kiper's first Big Board of 2016.

The board is 25 names deep and Kiper added a dozen names that he considered but didn't ultimately include, a group including Drango. "Has the length and quick feet to deal with speed off the edge," Kiper wrote. Todd McShay recently mocked Drango to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 26, while Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Drango going in the first round.
May 16 - 8:49 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the No. 22 prospect on his first Big Board of 2016.

"A shredded athlete with big-time length at nearly 6-8, Oakman has great quickness and in some ways the look of an NBA small forward who packed on 40 pounds of muscle," he wrote. "He can win with quickness but has good strength and can use it when he doesn't let blockers use his height against him and dislodge him by getting into his body and taking away all his leverage. If he continues to build on 2014, he could have a monster season." The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Oakman, a Penn State transfer, had 19.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks last season. CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls him the best senior prospect in the nation.
May 16 - 4:52 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay mocked Baylor redshirt senior LT Spencer Drango to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 26.

"The Colts didn't address their offensive line until the seventh round of the 2015 draft, so tackle could be a glaring need by this time next year," he wrote. "Drango has good size (6-6, 310) and experience (three-year starter) at left tackle. He underwent back surgery last offseason." Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Drango going in the first round of his own mock draft. As with skill position players, NFL teams are wary of tackles in spread systems. Drango must have a dominant season in pass protection to assuage those concerns.
May 15 - 6:25 PM

ESPN's Max Olson ranked Baylor as having the No. 1 receiving corps in the Big 12.

You thought it would be another school? "Only the Bears can lose three seniors and still argue they'll be even better at receiver," he wrote. Corey Coleman and KD Cannon are the headliners, but the Bears are deep again with intriguing redshirt freshmen Ishmael Zamora and Chris Platt pushing for playing time. Throw in gifted backups Lynx Hawthorne, Jay Lee and Davion Hall and emerging tight end LaQuan McGowan and you have the makings of one of the country's best units. "Together, they'll all help Seth Russell take control of this prolific Baylor offense," Olson wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 9:33 PM

Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman went No. 29 to the Dolphins in Josh Norris' first 2016 mock draft.

"As much as I like Oakman, I would love for him to put his ability on display more frequently," he wrote. "Do not expect him to bend and turn the corner. Instead, look for ridiculous speed to power." ESPN's Todd McShay shipped Oakman to the Bills at No. 16 in his own mock draft. "This is a pick based on potential, not production," he wrote. "We were underwhelmed by Oakman's performance on tape this past season, but he is very physically gifted (he's listed at 6-9, 280) and could rise up draft boards this year if he plays with more urgency and consistency." Opinions vacillate wildly on the talented but enigmatic Oakman. CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls him the best senior prospect in the nation.
May 12 - 9:48 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang prefaces by noting that "teams are hesitant to invest early picks in blockers from spread attacks" but believes Baylor redshirt senior LT Spencer Drango's "frame, feet and strength are impressive."

Baylor's longtime starter at left tackle could have been a first-rounder last year but decided, as Shawn Oakman did, to return to Waco for another run at the Big 12 Championship. Drango (6-foot-8, 315 pounds) is headed for the very top of the draft if he shuts down the spate of top-shelf edge rushers he'll face this year. The analyst ranks Drango as the No. 8 senior prospect in the land.
Source: CBS Sports
May 11 - 8:24 PM


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