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Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty is a "tale of two years," according to one NFL executive.

"He was very accurate last year, but he's not so accurate this year," the executive added. "His fundamentals have come unraveled. His lower-body position [is out of whack]." We would challenge the executive a bit, since Petty has never been an accurate downfield passer despite what highlights might show. Some call Marcus Mariota a "system quarterback." This label applies to Petty much more than Mariota. The executive did say Petty has looked better during the end of the season.
Dec 19 - 12:40 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is in need of technique refinement, writes's Charles Davis.

"Oakman definitely looks the part from a physical perspective," Davis wrote. "He needs more work in school, though. He flashes, but he's still young in the game having sat out the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He's still getting comfortable playing the position and needs to work on adding more pass-rush moves and refining his technique. He'll have plenty of opportunities to improve as a pass rusher playing in the Big 12." Oakman continues to be one of the draft's most divisive prospects. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Oakman had drawn "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts. "Looks like he's going to be whoop (expletive) and he just isn't," said one scout. "Looks like a pro but he's got a lot of rawness to his game." Oakman (6-foot-8, 275 pounds) has top 10 potential, with a 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame and supreme athleticism, though some wouldn't pull the trigger until Day 2.
Dec 18 - 1:59 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is "strongly considering entering the 2015 NFL draft," according to Yahoo! Sports.

"Oakman, a redshirt junior, hasn’t made any official declarations about his intentions, but he has begun conducting interviews with agents and other professional service providers," wrote the website's Rand Getlin. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Oakman leads Baylor with 10 sacks. He's also collected 18.5 tackles for loss in 12 games. Oakman is a controversial prospect, but we'd be rather surprised if an organization didn't pull the trigger on his limitless upside at some point in Round 1.
Dec 18 - 12:17 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that "scouts are divided on the pro prospects" of Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty.

Petty "has the physical talent, but his ability to handle pressure and consistently make correct reads are question marks in his transition to the NFL," Brugler wrote. The analyst advises to keep a closer eye on the matchup between Petty and Michigan State defensive coordinator whiz Pat Narduzzi, who, writes Brugler, is exceptional at "dialing up blitzes and confusing quarterbacks." It's no understatement to say that the Cotton Bowl is crucial for Petty's volatile stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 5:33 PM

An AFC South scout gave a tepid assessment of Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman to

"He has freakish size, but he's an average athlete and still so raw," the scout said. "He has good strength and violence at the point, but he's an average rusher who wins with length and not speed. I see him as a 4-3 left end who needs a lot of work. I'm not the only scout who feels this way either." Should he declare, Oakman is going to be amongst the draft's most fascinating prospects to monitor throughout the process. Not many players are called a top-10 pick by half, and a mid-rounder by the other half. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Oakman had drawn "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts. "While players get drafted early on freakish traits and pure projection all the time (see Dion Jordan), the issue for Oakman could be that he doesn't have the desired edge presence and athleticism as a pass rusher," opined "Rush ends are the ones who come off the board the earliest -- not power ends."
Dec 10 - 10:44 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman drew "mixed reviews" in a poll of scouts done by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"Looks like he's going to be whoop (expletive) and he just isn't," said one scout. "Looks like a pro but he's got a lot of rawness to his game." Oakman has top 10 potential, with a 6-foot-8, 275-pound frame and supreme athleticism. Because of his wavering production and on-again, off-again motor, scouts and analysts alike run the gamut of opinions on his value. Oakman is Rotoworld's No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory.
Dec 9 - 11:14 PM

Baylor redshirt junior edge rusher Shawn Oakman is "a potential star," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He's a freak in terms of his frame (6-8) and athletic ability," Kiper wrote. He's a potential star -- a guy who can push a tackle into the backfield or get by him with quickness. He could land in the upper half of Round 1 if he tests well and if a team believes in his upside." Oakman faces an interesting quandary. While we think he's the No. 2 edge rusher behind Randy Gregory, other analysts see nothing better than a mid-round developmental prospect. The Bears' star will have to ascertain what the NFL thinks. "Oakman is still raw, and there are questions about the position he'll ultimately play," Kiper wrote. "He could drop into Round 2 if he doesn't test well and if enough teams put the 'project' label on him."
Dec 9 - 6:36 PM

Baylor and Michigan State will play on Jan. 1 in the Cotton Bowl.

We like this matchup quite a bit. Both teams present physical defenses and quarterback prospects. Michigan State's defensive backfield will be tested by Baylor's extremely spread offense which isolates coverages into one on one situations. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook will have to handle the pressure created by Baylor's front four.
Dec 8 - 10:25 AM

Baylor coach Art Briles expressed frustration that the Big 12 and its region were not represented on the playoff committee.

"I think the committee needs to be a little more regionalized with people that are associated with the south part of the United States," Briles said. "I'll say that. I'm not sure if there's a connection on there that is that familiar with the Big 12 Conference. To me, that's an issue." In the final standings, the Big 10's Ohio State earned the last playoff berth, while the Big 12's Baylor and TCU finished No. 5 and 6, respectively. "I hate it for the Big 12," Briles said. "I think the Big 12 is a great conference. I don't think there's any doubt that it's certainly one of the stronger leagues in America. I think the way the format played out, the waters got muddied a couple weeks ago with saying we'd be presented as co-champs. I think that hurt the cause for both of us, quite honestly." Baylor will meet No. 8 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.
Dec 7 - 11:49 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty was outstanding in his return from a mild concussion, going 34-of-40 for 412 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 38-27 win over Kansas State.

He also had a rushing touchdown. The Bears' prospect is helped greatly by the fact that three of his best games this year came against TCU, Oklahoma and Kansas State. In other words, Baylor's three biggest games, all wins. Opinions on Petty are about as varied as any prospect. Some see a late first- or second-rounder, while others perceive a prospect who has been made by outstanding coaching, a scheme that only accentuates his strengths, and a marquee supporting cast. A mid- to late-rounder, in other words. An AFC scout falling in the latter category recently compared Petty to Matt Flynn and Drew Stanton. "He's a smart, high-character player. Decent athlete, with a strong lower body, but I personally don't see him as a top prospect," the scout said.
Dec 7 - 10:14 PM

Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley had nine catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Kansas State.

Goodley also had a nifty 33-yard run in the game, which came when he was lined up out of the backfield. Despite not producing any stats in the season's first three games due to injury, Goodley has collected 51 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound prospect runs a 4.39 second forty. An NFC South scout said last month that Goodley's "body type screams Anquan Boldin."
Dec 7 - 10:01 PM

Prior to Sunday's Playoff Selection announcement, Baylor coach Art Briles blasted Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the conference's stance on co-champions.

Briles was testy with Bowlsby on the stage after the Big 12's trophy presentation on Saturday. "You know, if you're going to slogan around and say there's 'One True Champion,' all the sudden you're gonna go out the back door instead of going out the front?" Briles said. "Don't say one thing and do another." Baylor, of course, beat TCU 61-58 in October, and both finished 8-1 in the Big 12. Bowlsby, citing conference policy, declined to name Baylor as outright Big 12 champions, which the playoff committee suggested hurt the Bears' cause. Bowlsby said Sunday that the conference will re-visit the way it determines a champion this off-season. That might mean lobbying the NCAA to allow a 10-team league to hold a Championship Game, or it may mean expanding the Big 12 back to 12 teams.
Dec 7 - 3:02 PM

Baylor finished No. 5 in the College Football Playoff standings.

The Bears were the highest-ranked squad excluded from the four-team field. Selection Committee Chair Jeff Long intimated that Ohio State's win in a "13th game" -- Saturday's blowout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game -- helped OSU stamp a ticket into the playoff ahead of both the Big 12's candidates, Baylor and TCU. "We were faced with co-champions, and that's what was given to us by the conference, and we weighed that," he said. The Big 12, which isn't allowed to hold a Conference Championship Game due to only having 10 members, is crying foul at that explanation. "It's clear we were penalized for not having a post-season championship game," said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "It would have been nice to know that beforehand." Long said Baylor's weak non-conference schedule also played a factor in its final slotting. Bowlby called Sunday's standings a "wake-up call" with regard to non-conference scheduling strategy.
Dec 7 - 2:15 PM

One AFC scout compared Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty to Matt Flynn and Drew Stanton.

"He's a smart, high-character player. Decent athlete, with a strong lower body, but I personally don't see him as a top prospect," the same scout said. An NFC personnel man said timing and accuracy are the main areas Petty needs to work on. You all know our thoughts on Petty. He will be drafted, but do not expect a team to look for him as a starter early in his career.
Dec 6 - 1:03 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty was a full participant in practice on Friday, according to Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel.

Mandel notes Petty is still progressing through the concussion protocol. The quarterback did pass one concussion test earlier in the week but was scheduled for another. Baylor faces a stiff test in Kansas State.
Dec 5 - 10:22 AM

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