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Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty went 9-for-13 for 123 yards and an interception at the Senior Bowl.

Petty faced a steep degree of difficulty last week in transitioning from Baylor's no-huddle, spread offense to pro-style formations at the Senior Bowl. His acclimation wasn't always smooth, though Petty did show scouts impressive tools. Petty told Newsday last week that he feels like he's the No. 1 quarterback in the draft.
Jan 26 - 10:09 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that some personnel men "continue to get caught up in [Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley's] body type.

"At 5-foot-10, 220 pounds, he has been likened to a running back," Zierlein wrote. "But his deep speed was on display Thursday, and Goodley got off of press coverage with ease for most of the morning. Goodley was a vertical threat at Baylor and was used as a running back on some zone-read plays, but one scout said Goodley had an eye-opening week showing off his potential outside of the Baylor scheme." Last month, an NFC South scout noted that Goodley's "body type screams Anquan Boldin." Goodley runs a 4.39 second forty.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 1:33 AM

The Browns were "very impressed" with Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty's "demeanor" in their talk with him, reported ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

"Petty could be an intriguing option for the Browns, possibly as a one- or two-year stash option to develop him behind the scenes," Fowler wrote. "Petty has good size (6-foot-2 3/4, 230 pounds) and wasn't overly accurate at Baylor (low-60s completion percentages) but made up for that by averaging nearly 10 yards per passing attempt over two seasons as a starter. He's athletic for his size, notching 20 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons." Petty struggled a little bit during the first few days of Senior Bowl practices -- which probably isn't a surprise given the offense he was coming from -- but he isn't suffering from a confidence crisis. He told Newsday this week that he feels like he's the No. 1 quarterback in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 24 - 4:23 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks observes that Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty "has struggled stringing together completions in team drills" at Senior Bowl practices.

"Petty has struggled stringing together completions in team drills over the past two days and the questions persist about his ability to transition into a pro-style system after thriving in Art Briles' innovative scheme at Baylor," Brooks wrote. The Baylor prospect needed a strong performance to impress evaluators this week, and that hasn't been the case as of yet. Brooks notes that, Petty is a "work in progress and he will need time to develop at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 4:10 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty told Newsday.com this week that he feels like he's the No. 1 quarterback in the draft.

"I feel like I'm No. 1. I really do," he said. "That's not a cocky thing, it's not an arrogant thing. It's just me being confident in what I do and understanding that I have a learning curve." Though Petty has all the tools to succeed in the NFL, we've been down on him because he rarely had to deal with pressure or covered receivers and at times looked uncomfortable when he did. The Baylor prospect hasn't yet proven to analysts and scouts that he can win from within the pocket.
Source: Newsday.com
Jan 23 - 3:13 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes "more questions than answers remain when it comes to [Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty's] future in the NFL" and now believes "there is a good chance" that Petty (and all other senior QBs) won't go in the top 100.

"During the morning practice Wednesday [at the Senior Bowl], Petty did a nice job with his footwork, showing good movements skills with his three and five step drops and improved timing with his targets," Brugler wrote. "However, he bobbled several snaps and had a tough time with the process from under center, appearing out of sync and uncomfortable. Petty made some nice throws, but his ball placement was up and down and he also seemed to be thinking too much as he makes the jump from a spread, shotgun offense at Baylor where most his reads came before the snap." ESPN's Todd McShay wrote earlier this week that Petty "is the top quarterback prospect at the Senior Bowl" and "has a chance to really stand out this week and improve his chances of being the third QB selected in the 2015 draft." Petty has shown off his tools thus far, but he hasn't yet proven to analysts and scouts that he can win from within the pocket.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 5:21 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty "accuracy and timing were off" at Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice.

"For a player inexperienced in a pro-style system, he did a nice job taking snaps under center and did an adequate job with his footwork in his drops. However, Petty's accuracy and timing were off, something that could be the result of undeveloped chemistry between him and his targets, Brugler wrote. Brugler has mentioned recently, that Petty could "cement himself as the top senior quarterback prospect and worthy of a top-100 draft pick." With a solid week at the Senior Bowl, Petty has a chance to improve his stock, but Brugler believes Petty "needs to show consistent improvement each day in practice."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 21 - 3:22 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks reports that "scouts are paying close attention to how quickly [Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty] adapts to playing in a pro-style system this week."

"Evaluators will closely scrutinize his fundamentals, mechanics and footwork to see if he can handle the basic requirements of playing the position at the next level," Brooks wrote. "In addition, scouts will want to see if his spectacular production as a two-year starter was a byproduct of playing in a unique offensive system or a result of his superb judgment directing an offense that stresses the defense with tempo and spacing." An AFC North area scout told NFL.com: "My grade is a projection based on what I think he can do rather than what he did this year. I think his back was a bigger problem for him than people realize." ESPN's Todd McShay wrote this week that Petty "is the top quarterback prospect at the Senior Bowl" and "has a chance to really stand out this week and improve his chances of being the third QB selected in the 2015 draft."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 11:38 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty "is the top quarterback prospect at the Senior Bowl" and "has a chance to really stand out this week and improve his chances of being the third QB selected in the 2015 draft," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay

Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley declined invites, giving Petty quite the platform in front of scouts. Hundley probably made a mistake, though that's a story for a different blurb. "[Petty] has outstanding character and football intelligence, and he will win over the coaching staff during meetings," McShay wrote. "He also has good size, arm strength and enough mobility. What I'm looking to see out of Petty is his ability to read coverages while dropping from under center (which he rarely ever did at Baylor), and whether he can show good anticipation on intermediate and vertical throws in a more pro-style offense." Petty is currently seen as a mid-rounder, but he could move up draft boards with a strong winter. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Petty could "cement himself as the top senior quarterback prospect and worthy of a top-100 draft pick."
Jan 20 - 8:41 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler proclaims Senior Bowl week a "money week" for Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty.

"This is Petty's week," Brugler wrote. "Let's call it a "money" week for him because it's a chance for the Baylor passer to cement himself as the top senior quarterback prospect and worthy of a top-100 draft pick. The Senior Bowl is crucial to Petty's pro evaluation because it gives scouts a chance to study him under center and outside of Art Briles' shotgun, spread offense." Brugler is spot on here. Petty's stock -- perhaps at a Round 4 level heading into the event -- could easily increase by two rounds or decrease by two rounds depending on his performance. Though Petty has all the tools to succeed at the next level, we've been down on him because he rarely had to deal with pressure or covered receivers and at times looked uncomfortable when he did.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 7:35 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty won the 2014 Seminole Tribe of Florida Bobby Bowden Award.

The award is given to the FBS player who best epitomizes a student-athlete as a role model on and off the field, in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. "This is meaningful for me for two reasons," Petty said when accepting the award. "First it’s an award about Christ, and to me that’s the ultimate prize anyway – when we talk about success, it needs to be credited to the One who has enabled us to have success. Second, the platform we have as football players is not to be taken for granted. Too often, players think it’s just about them and get too caught up in thinking that all have the same opportunity and that’s not true. We’ve been given a great opportunity – we need to keep it in perspective – it’s not just about wins on the field, it’s as much about off the field accomplishments." Indiana S Mark Murphy and Ole Miss DL D.T. Shackleford finished runners-up for the award.
Jan 12 - 2:11 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty as a Rd. 4 prospect.

Petty's stock is going to be interesting to monitor over the winter. We agree that he should be viewed presently as a mid-rounder, but don't be surprised if Petty either moves up or down boards significantly during the evaluation process. He has all the tools to succeed at the next level, and has posted ludicrous stats at Baylor, but Petty rarely had to deal with pressure or the possibility of covered receivers. When he did, he often looked uncomfortable. Baylor's offense is elite in its ability to isolate matchups and force receivers open, and the school goes six or seven WRs deep on the depth chart. Petty has much to prove this offseason, and his work begins at the Senior Bowl.
Jan 9 - 5:13 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Baylor "will really miss" senior LB Bryce Hager "patrolling the middle of the field" next season.

"The Bears' defense received a huge boost for next season with Shawn Oakman returning, but they will really miss Hager patrolling the middle of the field," Brugler wrote. "He lacks ideal athleticism and range, but his first step and ball awareness are above average." Hager was a consensus Preseason All-American Candidate and showed up on numerous watch lists including the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Bronco Nagurski Award, and the Rotary Lombardi Award. While Hager's measurables won't blow you away, consider us fans of his. Hager is highly intelligent, getting to the football quickly due more to his brains than his feet.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 9 - 3:38 PM

NFL scouts want to see Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty throw as well in the postseason as he did in the Cotton Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Petty went 36-for-51 for a Cotton Bowl-record 550 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's 42-41 loss to Michigan State. "His numbers would have been even better if not for a couple of drops from his receivers," Rang wrote. "By spreading defenses out wide with alignment and challenging often with vertical routes, Baylor's offense creates space for Petty to throw the football. Scouts are going to want to see Petty throw just as well in a more traditional offense at the Senior Bowl, but on breaking routes and verticals, alike, he generally showed terrific ball placement." Petty is currently seen as a mid-rounder, but he could move up draft boards with a strong winter.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 5 - 7:13 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty ended his career in style, going 36-for-51 for a Cotton Bowl-record 550 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's 42-41 loss to Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.

The 550 yards were the fourth-most ever in a bowl game. Petty looked like a first-rounder in the first three quarters, leading Baylor to 496 yards. In the fourth, Baylor's offensive line wore down and its offense bogged down, leading to only 87 Bear yards and a 20-point Spartans' comeback. The prospect looked like a Day 3 pick in that stanza. Petty was sacked on consecutive plays on the last drive, and his interception almost shouldn't be counted against him, as it was a desperation heave in the face of pressure down one point with two seconds left. Petty had a great end to the season after struggling earlier this year. Some attribute those struggles to a neck injury he sustained in the opener.
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