As the Baylor Bears put up video game-like numbers week after week, NFL coaches are drooling over the thought of adding the Bears’ top weapons to their own teams.
And who could blame them?
Baylor makes scoring 70 points in a single game look like a breeze. The Bears have done it four times already this season after all.
They aren't scoring all these points by accident either. It helps that they have a handful of future NFL stars, such as quarterback Bryce Petty, running back Lache Seastrunk and offensive guard Cyril Richardson, among others.
With apologies to defensive studs like Shawn Oakman, Ahmad Dixon and Bryce Hager, this piece is all about the offense.
Here we look at where Baylor’s top offensive studs fit best in the NFL.
Bryce Petty: Philadelphia Eagles
Petty has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in college football this year. His stunning stat line shown below makes him a legitimate Heisman contender.
|Bryce Petty 2013 Stats|
The best thing about him is he has only started seven games in his collegiate career. This guy is only going to get better.
There are plenty of NFL teams that are in the market for a QB, but the Philadelphia Eagles would be the best fit for Petty.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is in his first year in the NFL after leading some downright spectacular offenses at the University of Oregon. Kelly has brought his spread offense to the professional ranks, but it hasn't worked quite like he had hoped because of the way his quarterbacks have played.
The offense was working pretty well through Philadelphia's first six weeks, averaging 26.7 points per game. The last two weeks, though, the Eagles have scored a grand total of 10 points.
Kelly’s spread offense would be a perfect fit for Petty, who runs Art Briles' version of the spread offense at Baylor. Petty has a strong, accurate arm and also has the ability to make some plays with his feet.
Petty has all of the skills needed to succeed in the spread offense. He would have Kelly’s offense rolling in no time.
Lache Seastrunk: St. Louis Rams
The Rams are the only team in the NFL without a rushing touchdown in 2013, according to Derek Harper of the Sports Xchange (h/t Yahoo! Sports).
That would change if Jeff Fisher had Lache Seastrunk on his team.
Seastrunk has already established himself as one of the best backs in college football because of his dynamic ability to score any time he has the ball.
CBSSports.com describes him as "a silky runner between the tackles with active feet and explosive lateral burst to juke defenders and easily redirect his momentum to avoid contact."
That kind of talent would be a nice upgrade for the Rams this season.
If Seastrunk gets more than a few touches in a game, he is going to take it to the house sooner or later. For a team still waiting to get a score from a running back, it need not look any further than the silky running back from Baylor.
Cyril Richardson: Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are among the NFL's elite in 2013, and amazingly, they have done that without a good offensive line.
Pete Carroll’s team has found ways to win ugly thanks to a terrific defense, but the Seahawks wouldn't have to grind out so many of their wins if they could upgrade their O-line.
One man that could do that for them is Baylor’s Cyril Richardson.
At 6’5”, 340 pounds, Richardson is an absolute load. He is surprisingly quick on his feet and obviously isn't easy to move.
Richardson was the 2012 Big 12 Lineman of the Year and has been just as good in 2013 blocking for Bryce Petty and Lache Seastrunk.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke calls Richardson a "mauling lineman" and compares him to 2013 first-round picks Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper.
Richardson would take some of the pressure off Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch and could do it from a number of positions.
Richardson has already proven his versatility. In 2011, he protected Robert Griffin III’s blind side at left tackle, and the past two seasons, he has moved inside to left guard.
Seattle could definitely use Richardson on its struggling O-line.
Glasco Martin: Arizona Cardinals
For all the love Seastrunk gets, Glasco Martin is equally important in Baylor’s backfield.
The 6’0”, 230-pound back is the "thunder" part of the equation and will find himself on an NFL roster in 2014 as well.
The ideal situation for Martin is to find a similar role in the NFL where he is the bruising complement to a more fleet-footed runner. Most of the league has gone to a two-back system, so Martin shouldn't have any trouble getting carries.
Those circumstances make Martin a great fit with the Arizona Cardinals. A rash of injuries have pushed rookie Andre Ellington to the top of the depth chart, and he has averaged 7.7 yards on 43 carries already.
Martin's build is similar to that of Rashard Mendenhall, but Martin is actually slightly bigger and runs harder. Arizona has five running backs on its roster, but none are as big and powerful as Martin.
An Ellington-Martin combination could serve the Cardinals well for years to come.
Tevin Reese: Pittsburgh Steelers
Since the departure of Mike Wallace to the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, the Steelers have been missing a true downfield threat.
They drafted Markus Wheaton out of Oregon State to fill that sort of role, but he didn't have much of an impact even before getting injured in recent weeks.
If the Steelers want to try their luck in the draft with another speedy wideout, there is no better option than Tevin Reese.
According to Reese's bio on the Baylor Bears' official website, 14 of his 16 career touchdowns came from 40 yards or longer coming into this season. And in 2013, he has only added to that. His eight TDs in 2013 are from 44, 61, 47, 47, 93, 54, 62 and 25 yards out.
So that means 21 of 24 scores are from 40 yards or more.
The Steelers won't have much of an offensive line for several more years, making it difficult to sustain drives.
Reese would be a nice shot in the arm for Pittsburgh, giving the offense a chance to score virtually any time he is on the field.
Antwan Goodley: Minnesota Vikings
Goodley doesn't have the typical frame of a star wide receiver. But with the numbers he’s put up this year, it's impossible to deny that he isn't one of the best in college football.
Goodley looks like a running back at 5’10” and 225 pounds, but he has shown he has the goods to make it as a receiver.
He is remarkably strong. He has squatted 660 pounds, according to the Baylor website—second highest on the entire Baylor team. He has also been clocked at 4.41 in the 40-yard dash. That kind of combination is hard for draft scouts to ignore.
The NFL team that could use him the most is the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota’s main problem is at the quarterback position, but it could also use an upgrade at receiver.
Jerome Simpson is the team's best threat right now, and that isn't saying much. The combination of Simpson, Greg Jennings and rookie Cordarrelle Patterson isn't overly intimidating for opposing cornerbacks.
Truthfully, Goodley won't make that corps look much more intimidating. That is, until he catches a short pass over the middle and shakes off several defensive backs that can’t bring him down in the open field.
He's done it time and time again in 2013 for Baylor, and there's nothing stopping him from doing it in the NFL.
Goodley would be a great addition for most any team, but none need him more than the Vikings.
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