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Baylor freshman RB Abram Smith suffered a torn ACL in practice.

Smith is expected to miss most of, if not all of, the coming season. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder was a three-star recruit for the 2017 cycle. This counts mostly as a depth blow for Baylor, as Terence Williams and JaMycal Hasty figure to be taking the bulk of carries with the Bears once the regular season boots up.
Apr 24 - 12:52 PM

Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd transferred to Baylor.

This is a big-time acquisition for new HC Matt Rhule, who has already navigated, in addition to the ongoing scandal at Baylor, a change in offensive philosophy and a large migration of NFL talent to the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Hurd left Tennessee after complaining about the offensive philosophy. Hurd, a former five-star recruit, also cited unspecified injuries. Perhaps because of those injuries, Hurd wants to change positions at his new school. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that he will play receiver at Baylor. At his listed dimensions, Hurd would be one of the largest receivers in the NFL (to say nothing of college). He is one inch shorter and eight points heavier than Plaxico Burress' listed playing size. Hurd was a gifted receiver out of the backfield who had 67 receptions across 33 career games in Knoxville. Hurd will sit this season to satisfy the NCAA's transfer rules. He'll have one year of eligibility remaining in 2018.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 10:24 AM

Baylor QB Seth Russell (ankle) was cleared by doctors during his medical recheck Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis.

Russell fractured his left ankle on Nov. 12. He also fractured a bone in his neck in 2015. At the NFL Combine last month, he only threw and went through interviews while ballparking himself at 80-percent health. Russell worked out for the Cowboys at their local prospect day recently and talked with six teams after Baylor's pro day earlier this month. Russell posted a 60/18 TD/INT ratio over the last two seasons. He's hoping to hear his name called late on Day 3. Russell will be a priority UDFA if that doesn't happen.
Source: ESPN
Apr 14 - 3:23 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora to Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon.

"They have identical size and speed, with strong effortless hands, but a lack of route running was a big question for Gordon," writes the PFF analysis team. "He was able to take that next step in the NFL (on the field only) and Zamora definitely has that same potential." The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder did not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine due to his animal abuse case from over the summer. During Baylor's pro day earlier this month, Zamora turned in a 40-yard dash in the mid 4.4's, plus a 40-inch vertical jump. He also addressed his off-field troubles, saying, "I'm not an aggressive guy or somebody you have to worry about in the future coming up on TV." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as an undrafted free agent when all is said and done, but there is a chance that his athletic traits could be enough to induce a team into taking the plunge late on Day 3.
Apr 11 - 4:14 PM

The Cowboys hosted Baylor QB Seth Russell at their local prospect day at team headquarters.

Russell has been cleared to work out by doctors after he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in November. A neck injury wrecked the season before that, so durability is a big concern here. Russell, a late Day 3 hopeful, has worked with former NFL QB Jon Kitna during the pre-Draft process. He posted an outstanding 60/18 TD/INT ratio while on the field over the past two seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 12:53 PM

247Sports' Steve Wiltfong reports that former Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd is visiting Baylor this weekend.

Hurd had previously taken visits to Cal, Ohio State and Louisville. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder opted to take his leave from Tennessee midway through the 2016 campaign, leaving the team in October. He could have entered the 2017 NFL Draft, but has instead decided to try to find himself a transfer home. A try for the supplemental draft later this summer cannot be ruled out, though. In his last full campaign with the Volunteers in 2015, Hurd rushed for 1,285 yards (4.6 YPC) and 12 touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 190 yards and two additional scores over the course of 13 games played.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 8 - 12:12 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that the Los Angeles Chargers "met extensively" with Baylor QB Seth Russell before Wednesday's pro day.

Russell has been training with former NFL QB Jon Kitna as he tries to work his way into the late Day 3 conversation. During his pro day work, Pauline hears that Russell's work in passing drills was "accurate and crisp." While the Baylor product has yet to take part in athletic testing due to the dislocated ankle he sustained back in November, he plans on making himself available for such tests on April 20. Prior to that, Russell will be in Indianapolis for medical rechecks on April 14 and April 15.
Apr 7 - 12:35 PM

Baylor WR K.D. Cannon has visits with the Lions and the Rams scheduled, according to Cowboys beat writer Charean Williams.

Cannon is a difficult projection, but his physical talent is definitely impressive. There are always questions for receivers coming out of the Baylor program, as everything is built off the vertical route and receivers basically run sprints and then rest. Expect Cannon to be selected on the third day.
Apr 6 - 10:28 AM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles took part in the Birmingham Football Coaching Clinic with UAB coaches.

Briles was among those who lectured high school coaches on "Making Concepts Into Themes." He told those present that he hoped to coach for another decade. He will have to work toward that after his reputation was absolutely torched in the sexual assault scandal which leveled the Waco community last spring. While Briles predictably declined to speak on the scandal, he did open up about his job plans, saying, "There are a lot of different opportunities, but we'll just have to see if that's what it leads to. This is the first time in my life that I've ever been open and free because I started coaching before I graduated college." While Briles does not currently hold a position at any level of coaching, he mentioned the possibility of working as a volunteer or consultant in 2017.
Source: AL.com
Apr 2 - 2:49 PM

Baylor strength coach Kaz Kazadi has been reassigned to a role outside the athletic department.

"Baylor Athletics acknowledges his years of service, and we appreciate his focus on our student-athletes and programs," Baylor said in a statement. Kazadi was initially hired by then-HC Art Briles back in 2008, when he initially served as associate athletic director for athletic performance.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 12:13 PM

Pro Football Focus compared K.D. Cannon to Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin.

"Benjamin has established himself as a deep threat in the NFL, averaging 15.1 yards per reception in his five-year career. Cannon should be able to have similar success in stretching the field as he develops the rest of his game," writes the PFF analysis team. The outlet believes that the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder's speed and acceleration "should play immediately at the next level." Cannon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He figures to land solidly as a Day 3 pick.
Mar 24 - 4:53 PM

Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams reports that, despite rumors, former Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd will not be returning to the Volunteers.

Further, Hyams added this intriguing tidbit: "Don’t be surprised if he enters supplemental draft. I don’t see him sitting a year." Hurd would have to sit out next season if he transfers to another FBS school to satisfy the NCAA's transfer rules. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has visited Louisville, Ohio State and California since leaving Tennessee, but he's remained quiet about his future intentions. Stay tuned.
Mar 22 - 1:22 PM

Outside of his size, a regional NFC scout said it's "hard for me to find [the] strengths" of Baylor C Kyle Fuller.

Fuller has an ideal frame at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds with arms over 34-inches long. Outside of that? Well, we'll let NFL Media's Lance Zierlein take the floor: "Below-average athleticism and body control hinder his effectiveness, but he has the physical traits that teams will likely look to mold. Has enough anchor that he can neutralize at the point of attack, but he probably won't be much of a block winner in the future."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 12:52 PM

Baylor WR K.D. Cannon clocked a 40-yard dash of 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

Stellar showing from Cannon in the sprint. Not all of the wideouts have run the event yet, but the 5-foot-11, 182-pound Baylor's products time was the fastest among the first group of receivers. He said on Friday that he is hoping to "wow" scouts and evaluators with his route-running work, which he has been focusing on during training. The speed was always there.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 12:13 PM

Baylor WR K.D. Cannon believes that he will "wow" the NFL when they see his routes.

Corey Coleman was raked over the coals repeatedly last spring for his supposed route deficiencies given Baylor's limited tree. Cannon is trying to work ahead of such criticism, saying that he has focused much of his training on his route-work. While it could be argued whether or not he should have declared -- Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is of the opinion that it was a mistake -- he could make for an intriguing Day 3 selection.
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