The Baylor Bears are starting to pump a ton of talent into the NFL. Gone are the days where a punter and a long snapper were the best Baylor had to offer in the professional football ranks. Now, the Bears are putting quarterbacks, running backs, defensive backs, and of course offensive lineman and wide receivers into the NFL. With the draft all over now, and the undrafted signings coming fast and furious, how the five that were drafted look back at the weekend?
The All-American guard was the first Bear off of the board, going to the Buffalo Bills. Richardson is one of 3 offensive lineman in the Bills draft class, with tackle Cyrus Kouandijo going in the second round, and another tackle from Miami in Seantrel Henderson going in the 7th. Both of those players are pure tackles. Left Guard was a big problem for the Bills in 2013, and they just threw big money at Chris Williams, who was a starter for the Rams and Bears previously. Richardson has the ability to play both left and right guard, and is positioned to battle Doug Legursky, a veteran guard coming off of a knee injury that caused him to miss all of the 2013 season.
This is a tremendous fit for a guy that most thought could be a Round 3-4 draftee. Richardson will being instant run blocking and strength to the Bills, and with some improved conditioning and technique, he should be one of the primary backups for the Bills right away.
The All-Big 12 running back should have a familiar face handing him the ball in Washington, as he gets to play with former teammate Robert Griffin III. That is the good news. The bad news is that the Redskins have two young and solid running backs in front of him on the depth chart. Alfred Morris is the starter and will get the bulk of the carries, with Roy Helu coming in as the 3rd down back. Helu is the better pass catcher and pass-blocker of the three, so he should have a defined role.
Lache's role will be the backup, getting a few carries here and there, or if they need more speed on the field. His running style is quite different than Morris, as he is a prototypical 1-cut back that the Zone-blocking scheme the Redskins relied on the last two years has thrived with. Seastrunk will have to learn to run more patiently behind a developing offensive line, and with an offense that has struggled for 2-years, expect for a glorious 7-game run that put the Skins in the playoffs in 2012. Lache's role will really be decided by his picking up the pass protection scheme's (something that held him back at Baylor his first year) and if injury or performance issues gives him more chances.
The basketball-turned football player, and the only NFL draftee this year with a game winning shot in the NCAA tournament, Goodson was picked in the 6th round by the Packers. HE was the only corner chosen by Green Bay, and will join a team with two good starters in Sam Shields and Tramon Williams. The Packers have a lot of bodies behind those two starters, but none of them jump off of the page. Goodson will more than likely start the season on the practice squad, or at the very end of the roster, due to his inexperience in football.
The star Baylor receiver will bring something very much needed to the San Diego Chargers; Speed. One of the fastest players on the football field, Reese will be able to stretch the field from his slot position in the NFL. The Chargers have some bigger receivers on the roster, headlined by 6-2 Keenan Allen and 6-5 Malcolm Floyd. They also feature starter Vincent Brown, and backups Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu.
What the Chargers don't have is a pure speed guy for the slot. Royal is the primary slot man, but he is an underneath route runner, something that Reese will have to prove he can do with his slight frame in the NFL. With their depth at wide receiver, it will be difficult for Reese to make this roster, especially with end of bench receivers usually being asked to play a role on special teams. With Reese's size, that will be difficult for him to do, unless as a returner.
Long thought to be the highest rated Bear on draft boards, Dixon's fall was quite surprising. The senior All-Big 12 safety fell to the 9th to the last pick of the entire draft. It was a stunning fall for a player that at one point was thought to be a late 2nd round pick. With that fall though, Dixon went to a team with a large opportunity for any safety to make an impact.
The Cowboys have one of the weaker safety units in the league, with J.J. Wilcox being the current starter at strong safety, with Jeff Heath backing him up. Heath finished with 60 tackles last year in a larger role. Both Wilcox and Heath are smaller school players still developing as safeties. With the depth at safety being rather limited, Dixon has a chance to take on a large role quickly with his child-hood team.
Undrafted Free Agents – OT Kelvin Palmer (Arizona Cardinals), Eddie Lackey (Tennessee Titans), Glasco Martin (Dallas Cowboys), Chris McAllister (Houston Texans), Jordan Najvar (Dallas Cowboys), Terrance Lloyd (Houston Texans)