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Bryce Petty, QB

School: Baylor  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Midlothian, TX
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.812.811.67- 3410'1"4.136.91

Player Overview

A three-star quarterback recruit out of high school, Petty was born in Georgia and grew up in Alabama and Arkansas so he looked to play football in SEC country, committing to Tennessee as a junior in high school. But soon after, Phillip Fulmer resigned as head coach and although the Vols would still honor the scholarship, Lane Kiffin wasn't impressed with Petty and he decided to re-open his recruitment.

Petty fell in love with Baylor and Art Briles, but the school didn't have any scholarships left to give so he grayshirted and took classes at Navarro College for a semester in 2009 before enrolling at Waco in 2010. With Robert Griffin III the clear-cut starter for the Bears, Petty redshirted in 2010 and saw little playing time as the third-string quarterback in 2011. Griffin left school early for the 2012 NFL Draft, but Petty lost a quarterback battle to senior Nick Florence and served as Baylor's back-up in 2012.

Petty finally received his chance to start in 2013 as a junior and was the consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, finishing 250-for-403 (62.0%) for 4,200 yards and a TD:INT ratio of 32:3, setting a new school-record with 14 rushing touchdowns, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors. He returned for his senior season in 2014 and improved his completion percentage (63.1%) with similar numbers, passing for 3,855 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors.

Petty earned an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine.

STRENGTHS: Good-sized athlete with deceiving mobility to scramble and pick up yards with his legs (21 career rushing touchdowns)...runs with forward lean and toughness to power through defenders when needed...strong-enough arm to make all the needed NFL throws...assertive downfield thrower with excellent touch on bucket tosses...excellent job identifying single match-ups pre-snap and attacking susceptible situations.

Highly efficient once he gets in rhythm, displaying precise timing and placement - some experience working through progressions...usually consistent upper body mechanics and follow-through...comfortable using his eyes to deceive defenders, utilizing pumps and other ball fakes...competitive and confident with a goal-oriented mindset and strong appetite for football...dependable character with impressive intangibles and leadership traits...showed loyalty and patience, not seeing the field until four years after high school.

Quick-minded and intelligent - two-time academic All-Big 12 and graduated May 2013 with a degree in health science studies...led Baylor to back-to-back Big 12 Championships and leaves Waco with double-digit school records, including TD-INT ratio (6.20), total offense per play (8.2) and consecutive games with a touchdown pass (25).

WEAKNESSES: Product of a one-read offensive system with predetermined reads, emphasizing quick throws - panics at times when initial read is taken away...very little college experience taking snaps from under center and wasn't asked to use his feet or move in the pocket...struggles to climb, drop or reset his footwork...poor pocket presence with an undeveloped internal clock, deteriorating when the pocket crumbles - feels ghosts and rarely shows the ability to reset his eyes once moved from his original spot.

Wasn't consistently tasked with reading coverages or deciphering what the defense was doing...uncomfortable with multiple reads and often finds his eyes in the wrong place, not seeing the entire field...too willing to take low percentage chances downfield with inconsistent decision-making...needs to protect and take better care of the ball in the pocket and as a ballcarrier (13 career fumbles)...inconsistent late in games (52.3% completions in the 4th quarter with 3:2 TD:INT ratio in 2014).

Will be a 24-year old rookie (older than ideal)...durability is a question mark after suffering two cracks in the transverse process in his back in the 2014 season opener, missing one game (didn't require surgery) - also suffered a concussion vs. Texas Tech (Nov. 2014) late in the season.

In Our View: Petty thrived in Art Briles' one-read, shotgun system, making decisions pre-snap and taking what the defense gave him, but it complicates his NFL projection because it was mostly pitch-and-catch and he'll need to re-learn several aspects of the quarterback position - relied on sideline play calls during games and didn't have a playbook at Baylor. He has the physical traits needed for the next level with his size, arm strength and functional mobility, but his lower body technique and footwork are a mess, struggling to recognize pressures and adjust his throwing platforms on the move.

Petty looked like a fish out of water taking snaps under center at the Senior Bowl and was slow to read while in his drops - will be asked to do things in the NFL that he hasn't done before and is unproven in several areas. He will need spoon fed pro-style concepts and requires a year or two of development on a NFL roster with a skill-set reminiscent of a younger, more athletic Brandon Weeden - early day three pick with the talent worth grooming, but will likely be overdrafted in the top-100.

COMPARES TO: Brandon Weeden, Cowboys -- Petty is reminiscent of a younger, more athletic version of Weeden, coming from a spread offense that relies on a lot of quick, one-read plays that make it easy to identify single match-ups.

--Dane Brugler

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: He has a lot of positive throws out there along with size, mobility and resilient toughness to rally the troops. Has more than enough arm strength to make every throw, displaying excellent timing within Baylor's pass-happy, shotgun offense.

When he gets in a rhythm, Petty is highly efficient passing downfield, showing touch, timing and placement, especially when peppering zone coverage with quick throws underneath. Has shown improvement with functional mobility to extend plays outside of the pocket and hit targets downfield for big plays vertically.

WEAKNESSES: Often predetermines his reads and locks in to his primary target, struggling to consistently diagnose the defense to work through his progressions. He is always in shotgun formation and isn't asked to move his feet unless he has to and once he's pressured, Petty is out of his element, struggling to reset his base or eyes.

Petty tests a lot of vertical throws with a lot of bucket tosses, but he doesn't throw for a high percentage downfield and often throws up passes that can be best categorized as 50-50 balls.

NFL teams are already weary about quarterbacks from spread offenses, and some of Petty's 2014 game tape won't help his draft stock.

COMPARES TO: Brandon Weeden, Cowboys -- Petty is reminiscent of a younger, more athletic version of Weeden, coming from a spread offense that relies on a lot of quick, one-read plays that make it easy to identify single match-ups.

--Dane Brugler (11/11/14)

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05/05/2015 - Of the 256 players drafted this year, none may have been as relieved as Petty. "I'm so dang excited," Petty said Saturday. "That was the longest 48 hours I've ever had in my life. So to get that call, honestly, it was unbelievable." Some mock drafts had Petty going in the late first round, but he went undrafted on both Friday and Saturday before the Jets traded up to grab him with the fourth pick in the fourth round. Petty said the wait didn't dent his confidence and that he's looking forward to proving he should have been selected earlier. "You have people that question you and that was their decision," Petty said. "So my job now is to prove to the other 31 teams what they're missing on." - The Sports Xchange


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