MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 1: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears pitches the ball to Kendall Wright #1 as he is hit by David Garrett #27 and Arthur Brown #4 of the Kansas State Wildcats during their game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats won 36-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

NFL Draft 2012: Robert Griffin III, Kendall Wright Will Attend Draft

For the first time in program history, Baylor looks like they'll have the most impressive NFL draft class of any of the area college teams.

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2012 NFL Draft: Robert Griffin III, Kendall Wright To Attend Draft

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the NFL has extended invitations to future professional football players and 26 have accepted and will be attending the draft, which is one more than last year. Two of those players are former Baylor Bears standouts, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and wide receiver Kendall Wright.

They are, in alphabetical order: Alabama safety Mark Barron; Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon; LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers; LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne; North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples; Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox; Stanford tight end Coby Fleener; Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd; South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore; Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn; Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III; Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower; Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill; South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram; USC tackle Matt Kalil; Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick; Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck; Boise State linebacker Shea McClellin; USC defensive end Nick Perry; Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe; LSU receiver Rueben Randle; Alabama running back Trent Richardson; Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still; Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill; Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw; Baylor receiver Kendall Wright.

RG3 will likely be the second overall pick off the board as the Washington Redskins have traded away the farm to move up and grab a new franchise quarterback. Wright is considered a top-three wide receiver along with Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd. In many mock drafts, he has been predicted to be selected by the Houston Texans, who are looking to find a new wide receiver opposite of Andre Johnson.

For more on the Bears, head to Our Daily Bears, and for more mock draft updates, follow SB Nation Dallas StoryStream.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Has Kendall Wright Slipped In The WR Hierarchy?

With the stretch run towards the NFL Draft starting to begin, it appears Baylor WR Kendall Wright may have fallen behind some of his competitors for the position of No. 2 WR behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon.

In the latest mock draft from SB Nation, written after the completion of most of the major Pro Days, Wright fell to the Houston Texans at No. 26, behind three other WR's:

26. Houston Texans, Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Andre Johnson cannot be expected to do it all alone. Wright gives this offense a second receiving option to pair with Johnson. He also make a nice complement, someone to work out of the slot with Johnson split out wide and the backfield threatening on every play.

Blackmon is projected to go No. 7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd going at No. 19 to the Chicago Bears and LSU WR Rueben Randle going at No. 22 to the Cleveland Browns.

Wright had a disappointing 40 time at the NFL Combine, but he made up for it with a 4.4 at Baylor's Pro Day. However, at only 5'10 190, he has far less margin for error than super-sized WR's like Floyd (6'3 220) and Randle (6'3 210).

However, the bright side of Wright's fall may be that he winds up in a far easier position to succeed, as playing opposite of Andre Johnson on a loaded Texans team that desperately needs a second option on the edge would give the Baylor star every opportunity to succeed.

More than any other position on the field, wide receivers depend on their teammates and coaching staff, and any of the WR's in the 2012 class, including Blackmon, will have a tough time playing with untested QB's and new coaching staffs in Jacksonville and Cleveland.

For the latest news and notes on the local Big 12 prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation Dallas' exclusive storystream, while Our Daily Bears has you covered for all the latest breaking news from Baylor.

Continue Redskins Paid An 'Astronomical' Price For RG3

The Washington Redskins went to the St. Louis Rams on Friday evening with their best hand possible in the Robert Griffin III sweepstakes, and many in the national media feel it is a risk that came with a great price tag.

In swapping first round picks, a second round pick, and two future first-round draft picks, the Washington Redskins are hoping to find their first true stable quarterback since the days of Mark Rypien.

As Sports Illustrated points out, this is a move that could set the Redskins back even further in the future should Griffin's career not pan out as many are hoping.

With other teams interested in moving up to the second pick, the Redskins paid a hefty sum to have the opportunity to select the talents of the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

Meanwhile, many out there are giving nothing but praise to the the Rams, an organization that has been down on their luck for the better part of the last decade.

Obviously no one knows how Griffin's career will end up in the NFL, but the microscope gets even larger as he will be compared to the players the Rams are able to draft with their additional selections.

For more Baylor coverage, make sure to check out Our Daily Bears, while you can also see what Redskins fans have to say about the trade at Hogs Haven.


2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Has Dallas Cowboys Taking Mark Barron At No. 14

The Dallas Cowboys have some significant needs in the secondary in terms of talent and youth, and you can expect Jerry Jones to address those issues front and center this NFL offseason. That's one reason the Cowboys are linked to both cornerbacks Brandon Carr of the Chiefs and Cortland Finnegan of the Titans in free agency. It's also why Mel Kiper has the Cowboys taking Mark Barron as the top overall safety in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft class:

We all know the story. Dallas was a mess defending the pass in 2011, and it might look for help both in free agency and here. Barron's a perfect fit for the Cowboys. He's the best safety in the draft, and the Cowboys can't go wrong with either the top safety or the top cornerback here. He didn't work out in Indianapolis, coming off double hernia surgery, but it's not a lingering concern.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post believes that Barron can be an asset in a number of ways for a team like Dallas. He writes, "Has the makings of a heck of a special teams player who can also attack downhill vs. the run game, play inside the box and drive on the football in front of him in the pass game. Isn't going to be a major threat turning and tracking the football, but his improved instincts makes me think he can start in the league early on."

Barron would give the Cowboys a dynamic young presence and if they can team him with Carr, the 'Boys suddenly have a strong unit on the field.

For more on the Dallas Cowboys, check out Blogging The Boys and SB Nation's NFL page. For all your NFL Draft news, head over to Mocking The Draft.

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