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Draft Prospect Profile: Baylor QB Bryce Petty



You don't want to make too much of a Pro Day workout; the throws are against air, without an actual defense. But he showed his continued commitment to adapting to the NFL style, working under center on every snap. According to Baylor, Petty completed 69 of his 77 passes, with five of the eight incompletions being dropped.

During practices in advance of the Senior Bowl, Petty got his first extensive work under center and struggled during the first practice, fumbling multiple snaps. But as that week progressed, he grew more comfortable working from under center and making traditional play-calls.

Petty does not have the strongest arm in this year's class, but he has the best delivery: smooth, fluid and natural. He has solid footwork, excellent touch on his deep passes, and often hits receivers in stride. In that area of his game, he needs little coaching up.

But Baylor's offense provided a buffer for Petty that he won't have in the NFL. The team that drafts him must know that he is a one- to two-year project because of the transition required at learning a different manner of playing the sport. He will have to look at the defense for his pre-snap reads rather than glancing back to the sideline.


Petty has a quick analogy at his disposal to defuse questions about whether he can adapt to playing under center or deciphering traditional play calls from the sideline:

"As far as (taking snaps under center) and dropping back and reading coverage and things like that, it's not a different language for me," he said. "I'm still speaking English; it just might be cursive instead of print."


Weight:230 pounds
Arm:31 7/8 inches (9th among 15 Combine QBs)
Hand:10 inches (T-3rd among 15 Combine QBs)
40-yard dash:4.87 seconds (T-8th among 13 Combine QBs)
Vertical jump:34 inches (5th among 13 Combine QBs)
Broad jump:10 feet, 1 inch (T-3rd among 13 Combine QBs)
Three-cone drill:6.91 seconds (2nd among 12 Combine QBs)
Short shuttle:4.13 seconds (4th among 12 Combine QBs)

PROJECTION:Late Round 1 to Round 2.

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