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Baylor senior WR Levi Norwood "is on the leaner side, and he can get stronger as a route-runner," observes ESPN's Steve Muench.

Norwood stands 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, plenty big enough for the Big 12, but not quite ideal for the pros. "On the plus side, he's a smart slot receiver who exploits seams in underneath zone, shows some savvy setting up his breaks and has the toughness to make plays over the middle," Muench wrote. "While he doesn't always field the ball cleanly, he shows good body control competing for 50-50 balls."
Oct 26 - 10:49 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench writes that Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley "looks more like a running back than a receiver, and he's tough to bring down after the catch."

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound prospect runs a 4.39 second forty. "He knows how to throw his weight around and has long arms for his frame, so he can win 50-50 balls downfield, even though he's on the shorter side. While he's got the burst to separate underneath, he's a developing route-runner who can improve his footwork, savvy and consistency," Muench wrote. "Goodley can also do a better job of extending his arms and catching away from his frame." He didn't record a catch in the first three games of the season with a quad injury, but has 27 catches for 473 yards and four touchdowns in four games since his return.
Oct 26 - 10:37 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty's lower-body mechanics "were an issue coming into the season and remain a concern at this point," writes ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He doesn't reset well when moved off his spot, his weight transfer is inconsistent, and he can fail to get his hips around on outside throws -- all of which affect his accuracy," Muench wrote. "The good news is he's usually accurate and can put excellent touch on the ball when he throws in rhythm. Petty will also have to improve his ability to read defenses and adjust to a pro-style offense, but he's mastered Baylor's offense and has a great work ethic." We aren't as high on the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Petty as others. Perhaps no thrower in the country benefits more from his coaching, offensive system, and supporting cast. Under those conditions, a future first-round pick should consistently torch opponents. Petty doesn't do that, playing like a Heisman candidate in some quarters and a benching candidate in others.
Oct 26 - 9:01 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench wrote that Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman "needs to improve his game before I'm willing to label him a first-rounder."

Muench believes Oakman's height can work against him, as the defensive end isn't able to sink and bend around the edge as effectively as players similarly as athletic. The analyst also believes Oakman could improve in run defense and play consistently harder. "Oakman has first-round natural ability, and it will not surprise me if he goes in the first round when he enters the draft -- whether that's in 2015 or 2016," Muench wrote. "Yet I gave him a second-round grade at this point because his motor is inconsistent, it's too early to tell whether or not teams are comfortable that his off-the-field mistakes are behind him and he's a one-year starter with technique issues." Muench compares Oakman to former second-round picks Calais Campbell and Margus Hunt.
Oct 26 - 8:46 PM

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis notes that Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty's "roller coaster Heisman campaign took another dip against West Virginia."

"Has anyone had a more up-and-down Heisman campaign than Petty? The Baylor quarterback looked sluggish in a win over Texas on Oct. 4. He redeemed himself with fourth-quarter heroics in a shootout victory over TCU last week. But on Saturday Petty’s roller coaster Heisman campaign took another dip against West Virginia," Ellis wrote. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Petty, completed 16-of-36 attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-27 loss against West Virginia on Saturday. Ellis believes Petty's "Heisman shot hinges on eye-popping stats and his leadership of a contending team."
Oct 22 - 3:20 PM

West Virginia DC Tony Gibson explained his school's defensive success versus Baylor by saying "we just went all in with the blitz game."

"Gibson’s logic in blitzing Baylor was two-pronged. First, he wanted to make Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty uncomfortable, which West Virginia did with four sacks," Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans wrote. "...West Virginia’s pressure was also meant to keep its defenders from being stressed by having to both play pass coverage and stop the run." This is not a good sign for Bryce Petty, a quarterback prospect who is used to throwing to open receivers from a clean pocket. Evaluators will point to this game and hope he can improve from it.
Oct 22 - 11:47 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty's "performance in the West Virginia game was discouraging to see and summed up several of his issues as he transitions to the next level."

"In a weak crop of senior quarterback prospects, Petty was widely believed to be the top senior at the position, but his performance in the West Virginia game was discouraging to see and summed up several of his issues as he transitions to the next level," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Petty, completed 16-of-36 attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-27 loss against West Virginia on Saturday. The Bears prospect "has a lot of positive throws out there along with size, mobility and resilient toughness to rally the troops, but NFL teams are already weary about quarterbacks from spread offenses and game tapes like Saturday's won't help his draft stock," according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 4:01 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty's struggles against West Virginia "only add to the concerns" surrounding his draft stock, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Petty completed 16-of-36 attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-27 loss. Those stats aren't great, and we certainly won't argue that Petty played well, though it should be pointed out that he was the victim of a handful of crushing drops by Baylor's receiving corps, which has disappointed this season. "[Petty's] struggles against West Virginia matched the concerns many have with Petty in his NFL transition: Struggles against pressure, too many predetermined reads and little touch downfield," Brugler wrote. "Petty seemed out of sync with his targets and couldn't get into get into a rhythm, struggling with a crowded pocket and easily becoming rattled."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 19 - 6:34 PM

Baylor redshirt senior T Troy Baker will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

This likely ends the starting right tackle's career at Baylor. Baylor really struggled in their loss to West Virginia, and this personnel loss will only stay with them. Bryce Petty is feeling more pressure in the pocket this season and is not responding well.
Oct 18 - 5:12 PM

Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley caught nine passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in the school's 41-27 loss to West Virginia.

Goodley still has his issues when having to catch away from his body, but with the ball in his hands he runs like a running back. This was on display on a 63 yard touchdown catch and run. His draft process will be an interesting one, likely full of praise and criticism.
Oct 18 - 4:26 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty completed 16 of 36 attempts for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 41-27 loss to West Virginia.

Petty was not good. He struggled dealing with pressure when his primary two options were not available. Many consider Petty a great downfield thrower, since he is asked to throw four verticals frequently, but this is one of the biggest myths in college football. Petty might as well close his eyes when tossing it 20+ yards down the field, as there is no precision or preferred placement. His receivers don't help when they drop catchable passes.
Oct 18 - 4:07 PM

Craig Smoak of ESPN 1660 reports that Baylor head coach Art Briles announced that redshirt junior G Desmine Hilliard had wrist surgery and will be out for the rest of the season.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Hilliard was one of the Bears best pass blockers and was a powerful blocker that helped stabilize Baylor's run the game. The Bears prospect injured his wrist during the final drive of the game against TCU. In Hilliard's absence, the Bears will look to junior college transfer Jarrell Broxton to step into his role.
Oct 17 - 3:07 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler points out that Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley "has been on fire over the last three games."

In those three contests, he's gone off for 18 receptions, 341 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Goodley didn't record a catch in the first three games of the season while dealing with a quad injury, but has acquitted himself as well as could have been hoped since returning. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound prospect, who runs a 4.39 second forty, hauled in 71 passes for 1,339 yards and 13 scores last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 16 - 7:00 PM

Baylor redshirt senior Bryce Petty continues to be ranked as Mel Kiper's No. 3 QB.

Petty is also a top 25 player on Kiper's big board. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston rank as the top two quarterbacks, with Brett Hundley, Connor Cook, Sean Mannion and Dak Prescott checking in after Petty. The Baylor quarterback won multiple weekly college football awards this week thanks to his and the school's late comeback victory against TCU, but as a whole his performance was bad. Petty really struggles throwing from pressure and to covered receivers. That is a problem.
Source: ESPN
Oct 16 - 12:22 PM

ESPN's Brock Huard writes that "NFL decision-makers loved what they saw" from Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty during Saturday's come-from-behind win over TCU.

Petty erased a 21-point fourth quarter deficit against a vicious TCU defense, a performance Huard thinks "will get him in the Heisman conversation." The analyst added: "Want to know what 'putting a team on your (now healthy) back' and 'willing a team to win' looks like? Commit last Saturday's fourth quarter in Waco to memory. In a league that so often comes down to fourth quarters and the ability of QBs to put negative plays behind them, NFL decision-makers loved what they saw from the prototypical passer with an atypical comeback." We loved what we saw from Petty in the final 10 minutes of the game, when he essentially played flawlessly, but it should also be mentioned that he struggled mightily for the game's first 50 minutes. Petty needs to be more consistent.
Oct 15 - 5:30 PM


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