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NFL Media names Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon and sophomore WR Corey Coleman their most explosive athletes in College Football.

"Together, the two Bears caught 122 passes for 2,149 yards (17.6 yards per reception) and 19 touchdowns. They combined for 24 receptions of at least 30 yards, 19 of at least 40, eight of at least 50, five of at least 60 and four of at least 60. And get this: Of their combined 19 TD receptions, 18 covered at least 25 yards, with eight covering at least 50. Coleman's 11 TD receptions averaged 37 yards," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. Both prospects are currently the only returning 1,000-yard receiving duo in college football. With two explosive talents like Cannon and Coleman on the field at the same time, it will be hard for opposing defenses to cover them both in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 3 - 2:35 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon believes Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango is the Bears most indispensable player.

"Art Briles' program has lost twice, going 20-2, in the past two seasons with Drango as a starter. When he missed the final four games of 2013 with a back injury, his value became readily apparent as the Bears went from undefeated to 2-2 in their final two games," Chatmon wrote. The Baylor prospect is a four-year starter for the Bears, and enters the season with 35 career starts under his belt.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 2 - 3:41 PM

Baylor junior DT Andrew Billings "has a chance to be big time," according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"Quick, strong with explosive upper body power. Impressive tape," Weidl tweeted. The talent evaluator notes Billings does not have a lot of pass rushing production (which is common for interior defensive linemen), "but there is plenty of upside" which is evident in Baylor's game against West Virginia. With defensive tackles, it is always worth pointing out disruption equals production.
Jul 1 - 10:36 AM

Baylor junior S Orion Stewart "developed into an impact player over the course of his sophomore season," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The secondary was the weak link of the Baylor defense last year, but with an outstanding line up front and all four starters returning to the defensive backfield, things may go more smoothly in 2015," Brown wrote. "While shoulder surgery has limited him this offseason, he's in line to be a key playmaker for a playoff-contending Baylor team." The analyst grades Stewart as the No. 13 safety in the nation. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder finished with 81 tackles and four interceptions last year. Make sure to monitor his health, as Stewart recovered from shoulder surgery this offseason.
Jun 30 - 1:25 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein's believes Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango's "build and game "screams guard play."

"Drango might have played tackle in the past, and he might play tackle this season, but I would be absolutely shocked if he doesn't bump inside thanks to a build and game that screams guard play. Drango plays with some lower-body stiffness, which could eliminate him from tackle consideration, but he uses his hands in pass pro like the veteran tackle he is," Zierlein writes. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Drango was a consensus All-American, and a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection last season. Drango took the advice of the NFL Draft Advisory Board and decided to come back for his senior year. Zierlein believes Drango is the No.2 guard to watch in College Football and thinks his "mauling, physical style and ability to win as a run blocker must be judged on its own merit."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 3:20 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman has too many lackluster plays on tape.

Weidl does begin by stressing Oakman's physical appearance but adding consistency is an issue. It is definitely a piece of Oakman's evaluation that will be debated for the next year, but there is a feeling we pile on defensive linemen with "motor" issues too often. Good NFL teams attempt to keep a solid rotation up front.
Jun 29 - 12:28 PM

Baylor redshirt senior TE LaQuan McGowan's 37 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press would have tied for the best showing at his position group at the combine in February.

The 6-foot-7, 410-pound behemoth -- not a typo -- is a converted guard who can bench press 500 pounds. You may remember his 18-yard touchdown reception in the 2015 Cotton Bowl, which earned him fame and a spot on Sports Illustrated's All-Bowl Team. Though we have no idea how he'll perform at his new position, we can tell you that McGowan has large hands and light feet. He's been clocked at 5.42 40-yard dash.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 9:26 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Shock Linwood "could be poised for big things in 2015, thanks to a low, shifty running style that makes him dangerous when he does get into open space," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Linwood as the No. 21 RB in the nation. "For as much as Art Briles' system facilitates huge passing numbers, it also provides favorable conditions for running backs by creating more space than any other offense in college football," Brown wrote. "Linwood flashed stardom as a freshman in 2013, and last year saw more mixed results as he took hold of the lead role." Linwood had 251 carries for 1,252 yards and 16 touchdowns (4.99 yards per carry) last year and has a veteran offensive line returning this fall.
Jun 21 - 3:27 PM

Baylor redshirt junior WR Corey Coleman is "about to get the national attention he deserves," wrote ESPN's Max Olson.

Coleman caught 64 passes for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns in only 10 games last year. "Imagine how those numbers will look when Coleman pads his stats in nonconference play," Olson wrote. "The downfield threat of KD Cannon and the rest of Baylor’s receiver corps means Coleman should get more than enough one-on-one coverage to have a monster season." The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior can line up all over the field.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 6:39 PM

NFL Media ranks Baylor junior DT Andrew Billings as their No.1 "strongest players" in college football.

"The All-Big 12 defensive lineman can lift so much weight, the Baylor strength and conditioning staff limits him in the weight room. He broke a 22-year-old Texas state high school weightlifting record with 2,010 pounds (805 squat, 500 bench press, 705 deadlift) before even coming to Baylor. He can now clean 400 pounds, and on the field, he notched 11.5 tackles for loss last season at nose guard," College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread wrote. The Bears prospect posted 37 total tackles, 2 sacks, with 11.5 tackles for loss in his first year starting for Baylor, earning consensus 2014 first-team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 2:23 PM

One scouting service gave Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango a late round grade, according to Tony Pauline.

Drango is earning a ton of love from writers this summer, from NFL.com to the Sports Quotient to Sports on Earth. The NFL Advisory Board suggested Drango return to school when he requested a grade. Again, we would not read too much into these scouting service reports, as the best use is for a watch list.
Jun 16 - 11:00 AM

Baylor redshirt senior edge rusher Shawn Oakman received day two grades from spring scouts, according to Tony Pauline.

By spring scouts we mean scouting services, who recently concluded their spring meetings. Many teams subscribe to one of these two services for a variety of reasons. One, it produces a watch list for team area scouts, allowing them to focus on potentially draftable (or signable) talent, rather than focus on "reject" grades. Second, it is good training for younger scouts who then can be promoted to area scouts. We would not lock in on these grades as a projection as they tend to be inaccurate in nine months.
Jun 16 - 10:23 AM

Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango "plays a pivotal role in the Bears' potent attack, playing with an edge and bringing physicality and aggressiveness to the position," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Drango has started 35 games in his career despite undergoing back surgery in 2013. He was advised by the NFL Draft Advisory Board in December to stay in school. We think he had a shot to go in Round 1 and probably would have gone in Round 2 if he'd ignored the advice. Brown ranks Drango as the No. 3 tackle in the nation.
Jun 15 - 11:49 PM

Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon "can fly" and is a "perfect fit" for a Bears offense that "relies heavily on spacing and downfield passing," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Cannon as the No. 12 receiver in the nation. "Not surprisingly, he was a bit boom-or-bust as a freshman deep threat, with a quiet second half of the season, but he went out on a high note with eight catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns vs. Michigan State's acclaimed secondary in the Cotton Bowl," Brown wrote. The 6-foot, 175-pound Cannon, who logged 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns last year, has run a 10.37 second 100-meter dash.
Jun 14 - 5:28 PM

Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon has clocked a 10.37 second 100-meter dash and "is an athletic freak," according to NFL Media.

"This player's last name suits his style of play, as he often looks like he's been shout out of a cannon on the football field," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He set six school records as a freshman on the football team last season and is poised to do even more heading into 2015." The 6-foot, 175-pound Cannon posted 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 3:14 PM


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