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ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman as the No. 8 prospect at his position of DE.

The "DE" position does not include Vic Beasley, Alvin Dupree and Leonard Floyd, so Oakman might even be further down the edge rushing list. We are highlighting the ranking because it breaks groupthink, which is frequently a thought provoking exercise. Prospects like Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun and Utah's Nate Orchard are listed ahead of Oakman.
Source: ESPN
Nov 26 - 11:06 AM

Baylor coach Art Briles said Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty is this year's Blake Bortles and the best QB in the 2015 draft.

"Obviously, I'm biased," Briles added. NFL.com's Charles Davis understands the comparison. "Petty (6-foot-3, 230) is similar in size to Bortles (6-5, 232), and he's a big, strong runner, just like Bortles," Davis wrote. "Will Petty rise up draft boards like Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, did? That remains to be seen, but I do expect that the closer we get to the draft, the more NFL people are going to like what they see from Petty, especially when they get a chance to meet and work with him closely." Davis believes UCLA's Brett Hundley, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston will all be rated ahead of Petty if they declare early, but didn't dismiss the possibility of Petty shooting up draft boards during the post-season evaluation process.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 25 - 8:16 PM

Baylor redshirt sophomore WR Corey Coleman caught three passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Oklahoma State.

Coleman's game has taken a big step forward this season, to the point that coaches are manufacturing plays to get the ball in his hands (he had three carries for 24 yards in addition to his receiving work). Earlier this month, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks praised the third-year sophomore. "He blows past defenders on vertical routes with his speed and burst," wrote Brooks, "yet he displays the balance, body control and wiggle to make big plays on the perimeter on 'catch-and-run' plays." Coleman has 4.38 wheels and a 45-inch-plus vertical jump.
Nov 23 - 5:01 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty went 18-for-29 for 262 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's victory over Oklahoma State.

He added 23 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Coming into the game, Petty had strung together three consecutive games without an interception; he had just three total prior to Saturday. Outside of those miscues, Petty was stellar, completing over 60-percent of his attempts and spreading the ball evenly amongst his deep receiving corps.
Nov 23 - 4:44 PM

Baylor senior LB Bryce Hager "doesn't scream future NFL player, but his football smarts and competitive nature belong at the next level," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Hager leads Baylor in tackles with 73. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline praised the senior earlier this month. "He’s a tough, run defending linebacker who plays assignment football," wrote Pauline." The analyst added that the two-time All-Big 12 LB (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) "grades as a late round pick who’ll do well on the inside of a 3-4 alignment."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 21 - 6:58 PM

Six of seven writers at the Dallas Morning News placed Baylor over TCU in a recent survey.

A survey of writers doesn't mean much, but it is telling that people close to both teams seem to view Baylor as being a superior outfit to their Big-12 rivals. Baylor has the benefit of a win over TCU, something which could potentially become a headache for the playoff committee if the Bears and Horned Frogs end the season tied atop the standings. As is, in the most recently released ranking, the committee had TCU ranked at No. 5 and Baylor at No. 7, with Ohio State splitting the middle of those two.
Nov 18 - 10:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that he did not think there would be a senior quarterback drafted in the first fifty picks of the 2015 NFL Draft.

"My draft prediction for the 2015 class? For the first time since 1994, a senior quarterback will not be drafted among the top-50 selections," wrote Brugler. Brugler actually went further than that, floating the possibility that there wouldn't be a senior QB drafted in the Top-100 if Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty failed to impress in pre-draft workouts.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 11 - 5:15 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty's performance against Oklahoma "showcased several of his strengths as a quarterback."

"But against the Sooners, he did a better job of showing functional mobility to extend plays outside the pocket and hit targets downfield for big plays vertically. And once the defensive backs started playing off coverage, Petty was able to pick on the Oklahoma defense with quick throws underneath. His full evaluation is still a work in progress, but Petty's performance on Saturday showcased several of his strengths as a quarterback," The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Petty completed 32 of 42 attempts for 387 yards and one touchdown in Baylor's 48-14 win against Oklahoma. Brugler notes that when the Baylor prospect "gets in a rhythm, he is highly efficient passing downfield, showing touch, timing and placement." Our own Josh Norris has Petty ranked as the No. 9 quarterback on his board.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 11 - 2:43 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks observed that Baylor redshirt sophomore WR Corey Coleman "is beginning to make his mark" in the Bear offense.

Coleman caught the eye of the national scouting community in Saturday's game against Oklahoma, where he caught 15 passes for 224 yards. "He blows past defenders on vertical routes with his speed and burst," wrote Brooks, "yet he displays the balance, body control and wiggle to make big plays on the perimeter on "catch-and-run" plays." Coleman possesses a 4.38 40-time and a 45+" vertical jump. At this point, the sophomore has supplanted Antwan Goodley as Bryce Petty's go-to target.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 10 - 7:33 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that Baylor senior LB Bryce Hager is helping to guide an underrated defensive unit.

Hager notched 8.5 tackles and intercepted a pass in Saturday's big win against Oklahoma, which earned him the status of "Week 11 Riser" from Pauline. "He’s a tough, run defending linebacker who plays assignment football," wrote Pauline, saying that the 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior "grades as a late round pick who’ll do well on the inside of a 3-4 alignment." Hager is a two-time All-Big 12 Linebacker.
Nov 10 - 5:15 PM

In the event of a tie atop the Big-12 at the end of the season, CFP executive director Bill Hancock issued a statement saying, "The conferences will advise the [playoff] committee who their champions are. If a conference has co-champions, then the committee will take that into consideration."

The Big-12 is one conference that goes with co-champions in the event of a tie at the end of the season. The issue for Baylor and TCU is that the Bears already beat the Horned Frogs, coming back from down 21 points in the fourth quarter. Yet TCU is currently ranked ahead of Baylor and could make the college football playoff ahead of them, despite the head-to-head loss. Baylor wraps up its season with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, while TCU finishes with Kansas and Texas.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 9 - 9:48 PM

Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley had nine catches for 92 yards in Saturday's win over Oklahoma.

Goodley played a secondary role in the receiving game, as Bryce Petty was gunning it to Corey Coleman repeatedly (Coleman finished with 15 catches for 224 yards). Even second fiddle in Baylor's offense tends to get a lot of play. This was the case for Goodley on Saturday. Goodley is just 5-foot-10, but he weighs 220 pounds and knows how to use his bulk to separate from defenders.
Nov 9 - 9:23 PM

Baylor redshirt sophomore WR Corey Coleman caught 15 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 48-14 win over Oklahoma.

In addition to the big receiving day, Coleman also had a five-yard touchdown run. Coleman was consistently finding room to work downfield and averaged 14.9 yards a catch in the contest. This marks back-to-back huge games for the sophomore. Last week, he compiled 172 yards against Kansas. Coleman runs a 4.38 forty and is a perfect fit for Baylor's offense.
Nov 9 - 9:10 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman was largely neutralized by Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson on Saturday.

Oakman is generally able to use his athletic ability and sheer power to bull-rush less physically talented offensive linemen. "Besides being ripped, Oakman is also very quick. He has an explosive first step off the ball that also shows up when he closes on ball-carriers, often resulting in violent collisions," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote. Thompson was able to hold Oakman to an unofficial 3.5 tackles, though. The Baylor star was only able to get one hit on OU quarterback Trevor Knight. Incidentally, that was the hit that helped knocked Knight out of the game. While the quiet game against a solid tackle is noteworthy, we don't think it will effect Oakman's potential Top-10 draft status.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 9 - 2:21 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty completed 32 of 42 attempts for 387 yards and one touchdown in the school's 48-14 win over Oklahoma.

After Petty had his ups and downs against TCU and WVU thanks to pressure, Oklahoma decided to drop players into coverage and let the quarterback hit open receivers. Why Bob, why? Petty was decisive on what Oklahoma gave him and was able to hit a nice downfield touch throw that concluded in the endzone.
Nov 8 - 4:59 PM


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