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Bills signed Baylor P Spencer Roth.

Roth (6'4/227) graduated with the second-best punting average (43.7 yards) in Baylor history, earning first-team All-Big 12 as both a junior and senior. Over 40 percent of his punts in 2014 landed inside the 20-yard line, and Roth only had one punt blocked in his college career.
May 3 - 6:37 PM

Cowboys signed Baylor WR Antwan Goodley.

Goodley (5'10/209) made 30 starts for the Bears, parlaying 150 catches into 2,366 yards (15.8 YPR) and 21 TDs. After a prolific junior season, Goodley's numbers dipped as a senior due to a year-long quad injury. Goodley ran 4.44 in Indy before recording an explosive 10-foot-7 broad jump at Baylor's Pro Day. Old for a rookie, Goodley turns 24 in September and is a straight-line athlete with inconsistent hands. His calling cards are vertical ability and physical tackle breaking after the catch. Not built like a perimeter receiver and a questionable fit for the slot, it's fair to wonder how Goodley's game will translate. He may max out as a sub-package wideout and kickoff returner.
May 3 - 6:24 PM

Rams traded up with the Jets to select Baylor ILB Bryce Hager with the No. 224 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Hager (6'1/234) made 32 starts as Baylor's middle linebacker, piling up 24 TFLs, seven sacks and five forced fumbles. He made second-team All-Big 12 in each of his final three seasons. Hager showed pro-quality athleticism at the Combine, running 4.6-flat with a 35-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump, also pumping 26 reps on the bench. Although he is not built ideally for inside linebacker, Hager flashes impressive first-step burst and plus pass-coverage skills. He may end up on the weak side in the pros.
May 2 - 5:36 PM

Jets traded up to select Baylor QB Bryce Petty with the No. 103 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Petty (6'3/230) made 25 starts at Baylor, finishing his career with a 62.7 completion rate and 62:10 TD-to-INT ratio. Although it affected his accuracy at times, Petty showed toughness as a senior by playing through multiple fractures in his back. Petty is athletic for a quarterback, running 4.87 with a 34-inch vertical and strong agility scores. Petty spent his college career in a one-read shotgun offense, and his 2014 tape had a lot of blemishes. Still, Petty combines quality size with NFL-quality arm strength and high-end movement ability. He needs time to develop, but has a shot at becoming a starter. The selection of Petty bodes poorly for Geno Smith's future (or lack thereof) in New York.
May 2 - 12:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes you "can't rule out" Baylor QB Bryce Petty in the "late 1st" round.

The Baylor prospect has received the most interest from the Saints, Rams, and the Bills, according to Brugler. The Bills put Petty through a combine interview and had him for a private workout, while the Saints had Petty in for an official visit and private workout. Not to be outdone, the Rams had a combine meeting with the Baylor QB and put him through a private workout, and had him in for an official visit.
Apr 30 - 2:41 PM

The Saints believe Baylor QB Bryce Petty "is the best pure passer" in the 2015 draft, according to Bob McGinn.

McGinn notes the Saints worked Petty out last week and goes as far as to mock the quarterback to the Saints at No. 31. "Petty has time to learn how to make reads and play from under center without having to play," McGinn writes. As crazy as it seems, Petty in the first round would give a team the right to accept or deny a fifth year contract option, which is important for quarterbacks. Cutting Drew Brees after 2015 would save roughly $20 million in salary cap.
Apr 30 - 6:52 AM

Baylor WR Levi Norwood is "tougher than he looks with upside to be a slippery slot option and punt returner in the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Norwood averaged 20.2 yards per kick return, while averaging 8.7 yards per punt return. In 2014, Norwood lost playing time in 2014 and only started in five of 10 games played, but did see time as the Bears primary punt and kick returner. In 2013, Norwood hauled in 47 receptions for 733 yards with eight touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 28 - 2:58 PM

An NFL scout recounted how Baylor HC Art Briles said QB Bryce Petty is "a better passer than [Robert] Griffin and a similar athlete but not as fast."

"If you're an athlete, don't you think you can get under center?" he added. "Problem is, everybody wants instant success today." Petty has been downgraded for playing in Briles' high-octane, super-spread shotgun attack, but the truth of the matter is that we just don't know how he'll translate to a pro-style offense. "He plays in a kid's offense, like a Thanksgiving Day game offense," another scout said. "He's going to have to be retooled. He's got size, feet, quickness of release, a strong arm. How long will it take to reshape him?" Another evaluator made a troubling comparison. "He's Christian Ponder-like with a better arm," the scout said. "Somebody's trying to create something there. I'm not going to rule out that he won't start some games. But then people will realize he has some deficiencies."
Apr 28 - 12:43 AM

Despite playing in a spread scheme, Baylor QB Bryce Petty "looked confident in the pocket, held his ground when necessary and at times showed he can be patient in finding an alternative receiver," observes Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com.

"His release looks three-quarters side arm, but he makes it appear natural and gets rid of the ball quickly," Cooney wrote. "Petty must prove he can transfer his abilities from his up-tempo, one-read college offense to a more demanding and sophisticated NFL system. He spoke about his experience in a pro system at the Senior Bowl as if it were a trip to another planet." The analyst's thinking seems to conform to the NFL's own warming to the star Bears' prospect: If stashed on the bench for a year or two, the thinking goes, Petty could emerge as one of this year's best QBs. "Petty may be the surprise of this quarterback class. If he gets to a team that gives him time to develop skills that were overlooked or not used in the Baylor system, Petty may develop into a productive NFL quarterback," Cooney wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 7:18 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Baylor QB Bryce Petty could be an "early 2nd round" target for the Rams and Saints.

The Baylor prospect has already had private workouts with both teams. The Rams and the Saints are in the market for a quarterback to groom, and both teams could honestly wait until later to grab a QB, with veteran quarterbacks already in place. Brugler notes that he has a "4th to 5th" round grade on Petty. Using a second round selection on Petty, may be a tad high for his services.
Apr 23 - 2:43 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley named Bryce Petty, Sean Mannion and Garrett Grayson as the three QBs in the second tier of this draft class.

The exclusion of Brett Hundley's name will raise the eyebrow of many, and some might even say it means the Bills are targeting Hundley. We definitely won't go that far. Expect the Bills to select a quarterback at some point in this draft, perhaps even with their top selection which comes in the second round. Bryce Petty is the name we'd link to the Bills.
Apr 21 - 10:06 AM

The NFL's opinions on Baylor QB Bryce Petty range from future tight end to legitimate starting quarterback, reports CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

"He is a tremendous kid and a great athlete and throws a great deep ball. I suspect that results in him going pretty high," writes La Canfora. We've documented these wildly disparate opinions over the past several months. As for Rotoworld, we fall somewhere in the middle: We see the top-notch tools, and we also recognize that much of Petty's insane collegiate production came as a result of Baylor's innovative spread schemes. For us, a Round 2 investment is simply too risky. ESPN's Adam Caplan predicts Petty will be the No. 3 QB picked.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 12:07 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan pegs Baylor QB Bryce Petty as the favorite to be the No. 3 QB picked.

The race for the right to go behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota -- and the probable second-round call that designation will bring -- has been fun to follow this offseason. UCLA's Brett Hundley began as the clear favorite, logic we argued with until he no longer was. Colorado State's Garrett Grayson was called this class' "sleeper" QB until the attention he had received precluded him for being called a sleeper. Caplan says Grayson is a candidate to "go higher than most expect," but we wouldn't be truly surprised unless he went in the top half of Round 2. Petty has superb tools, but absolutely must be sat on the bench for no shorter than one year to learn.
Apr 17 - 8:43 PM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty will work out for the St. Louis Rams in Waco, Texas, on Saturday.

Petty makes all sorts of sense for the Rams as a Day 2 developmental investment. The Rams will roll with veteran QB Nick Foles in 2015 and perhaps 2016 as well, which would give Petty a nice parachute as he makes the daunting transition from Baylor's hyper-spread collegiate concepts to the NFL's conservative pro sets. Some think the Rams would take Marcus Mariota if he drops to No. 10, but the odds of that happening are long.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 3:28 PM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty is visiting the Jets on Monday and Tuesday, according to Manish Mehta.

Whether it is right or wrong, everything points to Petty being selected in the second round. Other options include the Bills and Texans. Do not expect Petty to have success early in his career if asked to start. Yes he throws the ball downfield and is athletic, but he has had major issues against pressure or when throwing to a covered second receiver.
Apr 13 - 9:04 AM


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