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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.
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

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein spoke with one team personnel member who believes Baylor QB Bryce Petty could be selected as early as the second round.

This was after watching Petty's pro day. There has to be a third quarterback, huh? Petty fits a number of the boxes the NFL checks for in quarterbacks: big arm, downfield throwing, athletic. But it would be a shame to look over his issues against pressure or when working off his first read to a covered second receiver. These are skills that are difficult to improve. In a clean pocket, Petty might be effective. Both those only exist for so long in the NFL.
Mar 19 - 11:12 AM

Bills HC Rex Ryan put Baylor QB Bryce Petty through a workout in Waco last week, according to Gil Brandt.

We get this weird and terrible feeling Petty will be drafted early than we and most expect, potentially the second round. There are some nice moments with Petty, but when things broke down in terms of pressure or when throwing to covered receivers off an initial look, he did not respond well. The Bills should not be confident in the future of any of the QBs on their roster, so we approve of Rex working out passers.
Mar 18 - 1:26 PM

Baylor QB Bryce Petty "might be the most natural thrower of the football in this entire draft," according to Mike Mayock.

"I really think he's got starter physical traits," Mayock said, adding Petty is not NFL ready. This issue with Petty is when something broke down in Baylor's offense, meaning pressure or throwing to covered receivers, he broke down. Baylor is so good at creating one on one matchups, but succeeding outside of structure absolutely was not something Petty showed in 2014.
Mar 18 - 12:08 PM

Baylor basketball PF Rico Gathers is drawing the NFL's interest, according to NFL Media.

If you've watched even one Baylor basketball game this season, you've heard talk of Gathers' NFL potential. During the Big 12 Tournament, ESPN was even running a short segment where Todd McShay discussed his pro prospects and suggested NFL teams would be in Waco the next day if Gathers indicated he was interested in switching sports. The 6-foot-8, 275-pounder is most often discussed as either a tight end or defensive end prospect, though a weight-gaining regimen could turn him into a scary offensive tackle. "He isn't the most graceful guy on the court, but he is a physical -- and intimidating -- presence," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Gathers is a big-time rebounder, especially on the offensive end, which shows off his relentless nature. Baylor already has Shawn Oakman (6-9, 280) at one defensive end spot; put Gathers on the other side and Big 12 offensive tackles would have many a sleepless night."
Mar 17 - 11:33 PM

NFL scouts were disappointed by Baylor QB Bryce Petty's senior year, passes along NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"But those same evaluators love his size, leadership and intangibles," Zierlein wrote. "He needs a year or two of practice time and camp work to learn how to get through his progressions, but has the intelligence to do that. Petty must have a structured offense that won't ask him to make plays outside of the pocket." Some believe Petty's back injury, sustained in September, was more severe than was let on, and may have affected his play. An AFC North area scout told during the season: "My grade is a projection based on what I think he can do rather than what he did this year. I think his back was a bigger problem for him than people realize."
Mar 16 - 9:11 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles said redshirt senior G LaQuan McGowan will move to a TE or slot role this season.

McGowan grabbed (momentary) headlines last year after scoring a touchdown against Michigan State. "He can certainly help us in the run game in those situations," Briles said. That is quite a jumbo tight end package. "The hardest thing is practicing with him, because we don't want to get anyone injured." Expect McGowan to be a very specific role player, but we will enjoy watching whenever he is on the field.
Mar 6 - 9:35 AM

Former NFL scout and current NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Baylor QB Bryce Petty has undeniable potential but needs a few years of developmental time.

"When I look at Bryce Petty starting at the next level, I think he has that potential but I think it's a few years off," said Jeremiah. "You wouldn't think a guy that threw as much as he did in college is a project, but to come out of that system (at Baylor) and adjust into an NFL system, I think it's going to take some time." NFL Media colleague Mike Mayock ranks Petty as the No. 3 QB. Petty (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) posted a ridiculous 62/10 TD/INT rate at Baylor and has a strong arm and good athleticism, but it's difficult to project his NFL prospects coming from Art Briles' extreme spread formations. "These guys are coming from the spread offenses where they don't even take snaps under center. That's one thing you have to do," NFL Media's Curtis Conway said. "Even the language is a lot different in the pros and these guys that want to come in a start right away, it's going to be tough."
Mar 2 - 12:25 AM

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