Baylor hosted over 57 NFL scouts and front office personnel, in what was the biggest Pro Day event in the Art Briles era. Asked about his thoughts on todays even as compared to the first, Briles was quick to point out the attendance of all 32 NFL teams. The athletes that are put out through Briles and Kaz Kazadis program, have changed the outlook on Baylor Football and Baylor has now become the spot to search for elite NFL talent.
All in all, Baylor had 16 athletes perform, including Corey Coleman, Andrew Billings, Spencer Drango, Shawn Oakman, among others. LaQuan McGowen was once again the talk of the day, as he measured in at a whopping 405 lbs, but it was his measurables and his overall performance that had Briles saying "athletically he deserves to be in the NFL." Blake Muir and Jarrell Broxton also had good days and certainly increased their stock. Neither is expected to be drafted, but it is likely that they will get a shot at the NFL. Shawn Oakman was also someone who improved his draft status. Oakman has been projected in the middle of the draft, but has also been projected as high as the 2nd round. The knock coming out of the NFL Combine was that Oakman needed to add some weight. He did just that, as he showed up to the Pro Day at 289 lbs and put forth a PR effort in the 40 at 4.89. That should help ease some worries about where he can play and what weight he can play fast at.
Corey Coleman and Xavien Howard had good days and likely cemented themselves in the high rounds, if not first and second, respectively. Coleman, who did not run the 40 at the NFL combine due to hernia surgery, ran hand times of 4.32 and 4.37. Those times were clocked by NFL scouts and front office personnel and it was heard that one Scout said that Coleman cemented his status in to the first round. Coleman is expected to be picked late first or early second, but it is clear that he is one of the top 3 receivers in the draft. Xavien Howard also improved his stock. After running sub 4.6 40s at the NFL Combine, Howard came in to todays Pro Day and put forth two times of 4.38 and 4.41. Those are excellent times for Howard and from all other mentions of his performance today, Howard certainly improved his stock and likely cemented himself in to the second round. He does have the small shot at the first round, however.
While those performers had good to great days, there were two clear cut winners out of todays Pro Day. Grant Campbell and Andrew Billings helped their draft statuses today. Campbell who wasn't considered an NFL draft pick, made a big name for himself today and was the buzz of the Pro Day. His measurables, which are listed below, turned heads and put him on the radar of some NFL teams.
Andrew Billings also had a very strong day and likely cemented himself in to the first round of the draft. Billings has always been known for his brute strength and athleticism, but his 40 times was one that could be improved on and he did just that. Running the 40, Billings put up a great time of 4.92. At his height and weight, that 40 times certainly turned heads.
It was a great day for current state of Baylor football and for the future of the program. Today's event was hands down the most attended Pro Day that Baylor has ever had and that was cemented by the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers sent 7 representatives to the Pro Day, including the Head Coach, OC, WR coach, and the DL coach who also took Billings to dinner on Tuesday night. Baylor is expecting around 5-6 of its players to be taken in the NFL Draft. That is unprecedented territory for Baylor, but one that Coach Briles has worked for since he took over the Baylor program.