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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

Baylor QB Bryce Petty completed 34 of 95 attempts (36 percent) on throws 20-plus yards downfield, totaling 1,472 yards, 20 touchdowns and one interception, according to PFF.

No offense in the country is better at isolating wide receivers and defensive backs, forcing one on one matchups the quarterback can attack. The production is outstanding, but the completion percentage is not. Petty throws deep, but we would not call it an overly accurate area of the field.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 6 - 9:17 AM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty "has a strong chance to develop into a quality NFL quarterback," the National Football Post's Greg Gabriel believes.

"The game is important to him and he wants to be a great player," Gabriel wrote. "He is not ready to step in and play and he will need time, patience, and coaching to make the proper adjustments to the NFL game. If he is not forced into action and is given the time to develop, by his third year, he should become a good starter." The analyst acknowledges obvious questions about Petty, pointing out that Baylor's offense facilitated half-field reads and rarely forced him to go past the second read, but believes Petty will eventually acclimate swimmingly to the NFL. "He has fairly good mechanics, a strong arm and a quick release," Gabriel wrote. "He can spin the ball well and throws a very catchable pass. He showed very good accuracy and ball placement on the shorter throws, but like many spread QB’s, his accuracy and ball placement fell off on deeper throws."
Apr 4 - 7:37 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Baylor QB Bryce Petty is a perfect fit for the Cowboys.

With Tony Romo turning 35 this month, Dallas has to begin making plans for a long-term successor. That's where Davis thinks Petty comes in. "Remember, Jerry Jones was this close to turning in Dallas' draft card for Johnny Manziel in the first round last year," Davis wrote. "Keeping Petty, from Baylor, in Texas would be a nice match. He's a big, strong-armed QB who can get the ball down the field -- that's music to the ears of Dez Bryant. With Romo entrenched as the starter, Petty could sit, learn and adjust for a while before being thrust into the fire."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 8:21 PM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty and Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson are second-round picks, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper made the statement on a Thursday conference call, adding the two are competing to be the third quarterback selected. We are shocked it has come to this. Petty is an athletic passer who likes to throw downfield, but that does not mean he is good at it. He did not show the skills to overcome pressure or display comfort when throwing to covered receivers. Grayson has worked through simplified progression and is comfortable inside of structure, but he is limited. Neither should be drafted before the third day.
Mar 26 - 1:41 PM

Baylor WR Levi Norwood may have earned a draft selection with his performance at the school's pro day, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The event was important for Norwood, who was getting his opportunity to perform for scouts after getting snubbed from the combine. "Norwood ... [caught] passes cleanly as both a receiver and returner -- perhaps earning himself at late-round draft selection in the process," Brugler wrote. Norwood had 47 receptions for 733 yards (15.6 yards per catch) and eight scores in 2013, but lost playing time in 2014 to a spate of stud young receivers, including freshman star KD Cannon, a development that hurt his stock. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein believes Norwood (6-foot-1, 196 pounds) "has a unique ability to make tacklers miss after the catch with elusive hips rather than foot quickness."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 12:25 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay thinks Baylor QB Bryce Petty is "worth the investment" for a team that doesn't need to play him right away and has a good teacher as a QB coach.

"Steep learning curve but he's smart, [and a] tough [football] player," McShay tweeted. "Petty has compact stroke so can perform in tight spaces. Really spins it [and is] naturally accurate." The analyst added that "many" of Petty's errant throws had to do with rushed feet, and are therefore correctable. Petty's stock is on the upswing. He's moved into the No. 3 QB slot on a lot of boards, and also may have earned a call in Round 2.
Mar 21 - 6:58 PM


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