The NFL draft gets underway Thursday, and the Trib sports guys break down the Baylor Bears going to the next level:
• It's NFL draft time, and Baylor has a chance to have a pretty solid class. Let's start at the top, with two potential first-round picks: Corey Coleman and Andrew Billings. What makes them so attractive to NFL teams, and who do you think will be the better pro?
• A lot of mock drafts have Billings going to either the Steelers at No. 25 or the Packers at No. 27. Two tradition-rich NFL teams there. Which would be the better fit?
• There are several other prospects from Baylor, including Spencer Drango, Xavien Howard, Jay Lee and even deep snapper Jimmy Landes. Out of those four, who gets drafted and give me a random guess of the round.
• How about Shawn Oakman? No chance he gets drafted at this point, right?
• As far as the Big 12 goes, the league has three legit first-rounders, with TCU's Josh Doctson along with Coleman and Billings. Beyond that, there are no guarantees. In 2011, the Big 12 had eight players picked in the first round. It may seem silly to ask it, but what happened?
• Finally, from a Baylor perspective, the most intriguing prospect on the board is Rico Gathers. Hasn't played a down of football since he was 13, and yet he had scouts from 25 different NFL teams at his pro day this week. Look into your crystal ball: Is Rico the next Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez or Jimmy Graham?