The Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Watch List gives you college football players to watch each Saturday who could be on the Lions’ radar next spring.
Baylor (#3) vs. Oklahoma State (#11)
8:00 p.m. (EST) – ABC
In week ten, we highlighted Oklahoma State Cornerback Justin Gilbert (#4). In this week’s primetime matchup, here are three Baylor prospects to keep an eye on:
Antwan Goodley (#5), WR – Baylor
With the first ranked offense in FBS, the Baylor Bears average a whopping 61 points per game, and talent on the offensive side of the ball is abundant. Junior wide-out Antwan Goodley is enjoying a break-out year in his first season as a full-time starter, with 48 receptions for 1075 yards and 11 touchdowns through nine games. These lofty stats place him fifth in receiving yards among all receivers in college football and on the prestigious Biletnekoff Award Watch List. Goodley has exceptional speed (4.41) to stretch the field, as evidenced by his impressive 22.4 average yards per reception, which places him third in the nation in that category. Though he lacks ideal height (5-11), Goodley has outstanding bulk (220 lbs.) and lower body strength (squats 660 lbs.), providing him with the explosiveness to separate from second level defenders. His versatility playing inside and out and as a kick returner gives him added value.
Levi Norwood (#42), WR – Baylor
The loss of Baylor’s top wide-out Tevin Reese to a wrist injury has provided Norwood the opportunity to showcase his skills. With only seven career starts entering the 2013 season, Norwood had primarily been used as the team’s punt returner. However in the Bears’ 63-34 rout over Texas Tech last week, Norwood stole the spotlight with seven receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. His impressive acceleration, balance and vision were evident in his 58 yard punt return for a touchdown. Perhaps most impressive is the fluidity with which he moves into and out of his breaks, which is atypical of a higher cut prospect (6-1, 195 lbs.). The Academic All-Big 12 and son of Associate Head Coach Brian Norwood will garner the attention of NFL scouts if he continues to put up numbers like he did versus Texas Tech.
Ahmad Dixon (#6), SS – Baylor
The third year starter, returning two-time All-Big 12 honoree, All-America and Thorpe Award candidate moved back to safety for his senior year after starting at nickel back for the last two seasons. Dixon’s outstanding speed (4.39) gives him the ability to get to the sideline from one-deep alignment, and he possesses the quick feet and fluidity to cover receivers all over the field. At 6-0, 205 lbs., Dixon has the size to bang around inside the box and has proven to be a physical, reliable tackler, with 207 career tackles entering 2013. Smart, aggressive, experienced, tough and fast, Dixon has all the necessary attributes to be a very good starter at the next level.