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Mikail Baker

| | College: Baylor
 
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Overview

A converted wide receiver, Baker switched to the defensive side of the ball before the 2009 season. However, he would suffer a season-ending knee injury in the third game and be granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Baker returned in 2010 to finish his career with 1,963 career kick return yards. He won't be looked at much as a defensive back earlier in his career. To make a roster, he'll have to flash the 4.3 40 speed he showed as his pro day and prove to be an explosive kick returner at the NFL level.

Analysis

Positives: Possesses great speed and can length for the position. Is strong enough to play physical near the line of scrimmage. Has very quick feet and can likely shift inside to cover slot receivers. Holds up well in man coverage and does not lose acceleration in his cuts. Is fast enough to run down receivers and recover from his mistakes. Is a willing run defender. Can out-leap pass-catchers for jump balls. Possesses excellent added value as a kick and punt returner, which is where he?ll have the best chance to contribute early in the NFL.

Negatives: Has been injured off-and-on throughout his career. Does not have the bulk or build to hold up as a run defender. Suffered torn ACL and partially-torn MCL in 2009. Guesses all too often and gets burned when gambling on making the big play. Takes too long to react to thrown balls and breaks on passes a hair late. Does not possess great zone awareness and gets lost when more than one receiver crosses his coverage area. Fails to time jumps well and is inconsistent getting his hands on passes. Not a sure tackler and will look to shoulder into runners instead of wrapping them up. Lacks soft hands needed to secure interceptions. Is not experienced and is very much still learning his defensive position. Plays high in his backpedal, which makes it difficult for him to click and close in a hurry. Takes poor angles to the football.

--Hunter Ansley

2010 Season

sixth season of eligibility after season-ending knee injury in third game of 2009 season (had previously received hardship waiver following injury in 2007) … Did not participate in spring drills … Former receiver moved to defensive backfield prior to 2009 season … Vertical jump measured at 40.5 inches … Has squated 580 pounds … Earned undergraduate degree in May 2010 in general studies.

2009 Season

Played in three games in 2009, predominantly as primary kick returner, before suffering season-ending knee injury … Suffered torn ACL and tear to medial and lateral menisci in third game vs. Northwestern State during first quarter kick return … Totaled 227 yards on nine kick returns (25.2 average) in nine quarters played on the season … Also recorded two tackles and an interception in two-plus games as defensive back … Made career-first interception and career-first non-special teams tackle in first game on defense in season-opening win at Wake Forest … Amassed 136 return yards on five kick returns in second game vs. UConn, including a season-long 52-yarder … Former receiver moved to defensive back during 2009 fall camp.

2008 (Junior): Played in 11 of 12 games during junior season, made one start … Made four receptions on the season, for 44 yards … Team's leading kick returner, averaged 25.3 yards on 30 returns with one touchdown … 25.27 kick return average ranked sixth in Big 12 and tied for 37th nationally … 758 kick return yards was second-highest single-season total in school history (behind teammate David Gettis' 763 in 2007) … 30 returns tied for fourth on Baylor single-season chart, 25.27 average ranks seventh … Made first career kickoff return for touchdown vs. Iowa State, a 93-yarder that tied for the 10th-longest in school history … Amassed all season kick return numbers in nine total games, had only one return during first four contests before taking over primary kick return duties in fifth game vs. No. 1 Oklahoma … Also totaled two carries on the season, for six net yards … Had first career 100-yard return game in win over Iowa State, totaled 134 yards on three returns including 93-yard TD, added one reception for eight yards … Returned six kicks for 130 yards at Oklahoma State … Posted career-highs of seven kickoff returns and 178 return yards at fifth-ranked Texas … Did not play in season's fourth game at UConn.

2007 (Medical Redshirt):??Broke collar bone vs. Rice which forced him to sideline and into a medical redshirt after two starts … Caught six passes for 87 yards (14.5 ypc) and had four kickoff returns for 103 yards (25.8 ypr) … Season-long reception (37 yards) and kickoff return (39 yards) both came against Rice … Two multi-catch games (five career) … Made two starts and played 85 snaps prior to injury, including season-high 56 plays at No. 22 TCU … Nine career kickoff returns of 25-plus yards … 15 of 22 career receptions registered at Floyd Casey Stadium.

2006 (Sophomore):??Appeared in every game as sophomore wide receiver, but made mark on Bears' kickoff return unit … On 22 kickoff returns, averaged 23.73 yards to rank No. 4 in Big 12 and No. 37 nationally … 22 kickoff returns equaled eighth-best single-season total in school history, 522 yards ranked No. 7 on program's season chart at time … Seven kickoff returns of 25-plus yards on year included then-career-long 58-yarder at No. 6 Texas … Averaged 32.33 yards on three kickoff returns vs. Longhorns … Also totaled eight receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown and rushed once for four yards on year … Had career-high five receptions for 45 yards against No. 22 TCU, one a 21-yard TD grab from Shawn Bell … Averaged 8.1 yards per catch and had three receptions of 10-plus yards … Six of eight grabs recorded at Floyd Casey Stadium … Saw action on 248 plays to earn second letter.

2005 (True Freshman):? Finished seventh on squad in receptions with eight for 158 yards and one touchdown in nine games as true freshman … Averaged team-high 19.8 yards per catch … Made first career start against No. 2 Texas when Bears opened in five-wide set … Registered then-career-high three receptions for 31 yards against No. 16 Texas Tech and caught two balls for then-career-best 61 yards vs. Oklahoma State … First career reception 49-yard TD grab from Terrance Parks vs. Samford … Seven of eight receptions on year came at Floyd Casey Stadium … Tallied at least one reception in four straight games to end rookie season … Saw action on 70 snaps to receive first varsity letter.

High School:??Skyline High School, Dallas, Texas … Ranked No. 83 on Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 list … Two-time All-District 9-5A wide receiver … 2004 Texas Football Top 300 member … 2005 Coca-Cola High School All-Star Game participant … Helped Skyline to 2004 Class 5A Division I Region II bi-district playoffs … As senior, caught 50 passes for 750 yards and eight touchdowns for 7-4 Raiders … Also rushed 12 times for 150 yards and two scores … Returned kickoff for touchdown and racked up 1,000 all-purpose yards in final prep campaign … Hauled in 24 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns as junior … Coached by Que Brittain at District 9-5A school.

Personal:??Son of Michael and Jacqueline Baker, Mikail A'Lim Baker was born June 19, 1987, in Dallas, Texas … Would like to become television broadcaster … Earned undergraduate degree in May 2010 in general studies.

2008 Season

Played in 11 of 12 games during junior season, made one start … Made four receptions on the season, for 44 yards … Team's leading kick returner, averaged 25.3 yards on 30 returns with one touchdown … 25.27 kick return average ranked sixth in Big 12 and tied for 37th nationally … 758 kick return yards was second-highest single-season total in school history (behind teammate David Gettis' 763 in 2007) … 30 returns tied for fourth on Baylor single-season chart, 25.27 average ranks seventh … Made first career kickoff return for touchdown vs. Iowa State, a 93-yarder that tied for the 10th-longest in school history … Amassed all season kick return numbers in nine total games, had only one return during first four contests before taking over primary kick return duties in fifth game vs. No. 1 Oklahoma … Also totaled two carries on the season, for six net yards … Had first career 100-yard return game in win over Iowa State, totaled 134 yards on three returns including 93-yard TD, added one reception for eight yards … Returned six kicks for 130 yards at Oklahoma State … Posted career-highs of seven kickoff returns and 178 return yards at fifth-ranked Texas … Did not play in season's fourth game at UConn.

2007 Season

Broke collar bone vs.Rice which forced him to sideline and into a medical redshirt after two starts … Caught six passes for 87 yards (14.5 ypc) and had four kickoff returns for 103 yards (25.8 ypr) … Season-long reception (37 yards) and kickoff return (39 yards) both came against Rice … Two multi-catch games (five career) … Made two starts and played 85 snaps prior to injury, including career-high 56 plays at No. 22 TCU … Nine career kickoff returns of 25-plus yards … 15 of 22 career receptions registered at Floyd Casey Stadium.

2006 Season

Appeared in every game as a sophomore wide receiver, but made his mark on the Baylor kickoff return unit … Averaged 23.73 yards on 22 kickoff returns to rank No. 4 in the Big 12 and No. 37 nationally … His 22 kickoff returns equaled the eighth-highest one-season total in school history, while his 522 yards ranked seventh on the program's single-season list … Seven kickoff returns of 25-plus yards on year, one of which was a career-long 58-yarder at No. 6 Texas … Averaged 32.33 yards on three kickoff returns against the Longhorns … Also totaled eight receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown and rushed once for four yards on year … Had a career-high five receptions for 45 yards against No. 22 TCU, one of which was a 21-yard touchdown grab from Shawn Bell … Averaged 8.1 yards per catch and had three receptions of 10-plus yards … 13 of 16 career receptions, including six of his eight 2006 grabs, were recorded at Floyd Casey Stadium … Saw action on 248 snaps to earn his second Baylor letter.

Injury Report

2009: Suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game and was granted a medical hardship redshirt.

High School

Skyline High School, Dallas, Texas … Ranked No. 83 on the Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 list … Two-time All-District 9-5A wide receiver … 2004 Texas Football Top 300 member … 2005 Coca-Cola High School All-Star Game participant … Helped Skyline to the 2004 Class 5A Division I Region II bi-district playoffs … As a senior, caught 50 passes for 750 yards and eight touchdowns for the 7-4 Raiders … Also rushed 12 times for 150 yards and two scores … Returned a kickoff for a touchdown and racked up 1,000 all-purpose yards in final prep campaign … Hauled in 24 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns as a junior … Coached by Que Brittain at the District 9-5A school.

Personal

The son of Michael and Jacqueline Baker, Mikail A'Lim Baker was born June 19, 1987, in Dallas, Texas … Communications major … Would like to become a television broadcaster.

 
Latest News
03/07/2011 - With offensive lineman Danny Watkins and defensive tackle Phil Taylor both expected to be taken in the first two rounds of the April 28-30 NFL Draft, a total of 33 scouts representing 23 teams were on hand for Baylor's Pro Day on Thursday. While Watkins and Taylor skipped most of the testing after attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the rest of Baylor's players were put through a battery of tests that included the 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press, 60-yard shuttle, 5-10-5 shuttle and 3-cone drill. "It's tiring, a lot of emotions, really more mentally than physically," said cornerback/kick returner Mikail Baker, who posted the fastest 40-yard dash time in the mid 4.3 range. "I'm just hoping to get in one of these camps and show what I can do." The players were also measured for height, weight and even hand size and tested on their vertical and horizontal leaping ability. At the end of the day, the players also went through position drills, where Watkins and Taylor both got looks from a number of teams. - Baylor football

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