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NFL Media notes that Baylor redshirt junior QB Seth Russell "is as certain as any quarterback in the country to post big numbers this season."

Russell has only thrown 85 career passes, but he's already being talked about as a premier Heisman candidate. Outside of the junior's talent, you know why already. "When is the last time a quarterback playing for head coach Art Briles struggled to move the chains?" wrote Chase Goodbread. "The Baylor offense is a Ferrari, and if Russell has been trusted with the keys, he'll only need to keep it out of the ditch."
Source: NFL.com
May 27 - 8:57 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney advised bettors to take a long look at Baylor redshirt junior QB Seth Russell's 33-1 Heisman odds.

"[Art] Briles and his staff already think there are things Russell can do that [Bryce] Petty could not," he wrote. "If Russell puts up the same eye-popping numbers Petty did and Baylor is in the Big 12 and national conversations, Russell could certainly make a run at New York." For one thing, Russell is more athletic. He has run a 4.49 second 40-yard dash (he also has a vertical jump of 41.6 and a broad jump of 10-feet, 4-inches). Some also believe the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Russell is a better pure passer. We haven't seen enough of him to be confident in that assessment yet, but remember that Russell did win Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for dropping 438 yards and five touchdowns on Northwestern State in September when Petty was hurt.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 12:06 AM

Bleacher Report's Greg Wallace writes that there's "little doubt [Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon will] be an impact receiver in the NFL."

The 6-foot, 175-pound Cannon "has excellent deep speed, making him a perfect fit in Baylor's wide-open offense," Wallace wrote. As a true freshman, he posted 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns. There's still room for improvement, of course. "He could become more consistent," Wallace wrote. "He had four games with at least 124 yards receiving and six games with less than 40."
May 26 - 10:21 PM

NFL Media compares Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman to Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals.

"Oakman is quickly putting himself in a class by himself from an athleticism standpoint," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "But there's really no NFL defensive lineman other than Campbell (6-8, 300) who resembles the 6-9, 280-pound Baylor star in terms of physical stature." Campbell was merely a second-round pick -- in hindsight, of course, a steal -- while Oakman is a surefire first-rounder who will go in the top 10 if he has a huge season. Oakman has players like Campbell to thank for his stock being higher than his production would dictate to this point.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 2:26 PM

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


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