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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

Baylor coach Art Briles, QB Bryce Petty and QB guru George Whitfield all think the prospect can go in the first round.

"Turn on the tape and you can see that," Briles said. "And then his character and leadership and toughness just add that much more to it. I don't think there's any question that he's a first-rounder." Petty hasn't been mentioned as a first-rounder, but that certainly isn't deflating his confidence. "I don't think too many guys grow up saying they want to go in the second round," Petty said. Speaking to the media, Whitfield mentioned several recent first-round quarterbacks from recent draft classes like Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker. "Don't you think Bryce is better than those guys?" he said. Nobody can match Petty's stats -- he threw for 8,055 yards and 61 touchdowns in two years as starter -- but some evaluators are concerned about his shift from Baylor's extreme spread formation to the pro-style sets in the NFL. "It just takes one team," Briles said.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 20 - 9:32 PM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty "looked really solid" at the school's pro day and "was on the mark with most of his throws," noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"While that's usually the case with pro-day workouts, the creativity of quarterback coach George Whitfield leant to the cause," Pauline wrote. "Petty took snaps from underneath center, was forced to throw over and around about a handful of long (6-foot, plus) tackling dummies placed in front of him and had to watch out as Whitfield chased him with a broom." Earlier on Thursday, venerable analyst Gil Brandt compared Petty's upside -- not his style -- to Jimmy Garappolo's. Many have moved Petty ahead of Brett Hundley into the No. 3 ranked QB position, including ESPN's Mel Kiper and NFL Network's Mike Mayock. "Petty was very accurate with most of his throws, and except for a few deeper routes, did not have receivers waiting on the pass or twisting to grab errant throws," Pauline wrote.
Mar 19 - 11:14 PM

Baylor WR Antwan Goodley clocked a 4.41 second short shuttle and a 7.15 second 3-cone on Thursday.

Goodley posted a great 4.44 second forty at the combine before pulling out of other drills due to a cramped hamstring. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound prospect's body has been compared to Anquan Boldin. ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Goodley as a Day 2 prospect.
Mar 19 - 5:59 PM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty "is like Jimmy Garappolo was last year, in terms of ability, not playing style," according to Gil Brandt.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Petty had an impressive pro day on Wednesday and showed off his strong sharp arm, completing 69 of 77 passes on the day. The Baylor prospect has put up some solid numbers in his time at Waco, passing for 8,055 yards and 61 touchdowns the last two seasons. However, Petty will have to prove to teams and evaluators that he's able to transition his game to the next level. ESPN's Mel Kiper and NFL Network's Mike Mayock now have Petty as their third-ranked QB in the draft. Petty could be a possible target to be had, in the second or third round of the draft.
Mar 19 - 3:13 PM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty has visits scheduled with the Cowboys, Chargers and Rams.

This is the second quarterback the Chargers have shown interest in, along with Marcus Mariota. It is worth noting which teams show interest in quarterbacks, especially if their situation at position seems "secure." Jerry Jones has a tendency to evaluate them every year, no matter what.
Mar 19 - 12:22 PM


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