April 30, 2011
Two Baylor players, cornerback Mikail Baker and running back Jay Finley, were selected Saturday on the final day of the NFL Draft, bringing to four the total number of Bears drafted in 2011. They joined two first-round picks, nose tackle Phil Taylor (21st overall selection) and offensive lineman Danny Watkins (23rd), who were selected Thursday.
The four selections were Baylor's most since having five drafted in 1996, and represented the second-most among Big 12 schools in 2011 (Nebraska seven; BU, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas four).
Baker was selected in the seventh round (No. 216 overall) by the St. Louis Rams. Finley was chosen in the seventh (No. 246) by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Finley earned honorable mention All-America honors following a senior season in 2010 in which he broke Baylor's single-season rushing record by running for 1,218 yards. The four-year letterman and three-year starter also set the school's single-game rushing record, with 250 yards vs. Kansas State in 2010, and ranks third all-time with 2,660 career yards. He earned 2010 All-Big 12 honors as a senior and played in the 2011 NFLPA Texas vs. the Nation all-star game. He earned his undergraduate degree in May 2010 in general studies.
In six seasons at Baylor, Baker played offense, defense and special teams and earned four letters. He leaves Baylor as the school record-holder in kick returns (83) and kick return yards (1,963). His 23.65 career kick return average ranks eighth in Baylor history. He totaled 52 tackles and two interceptions in little more than one season at cornerback, as well as 26 receptions and two touchdowns in three-plus seasons at wide receiver. Injuries to his knee (2009) and collar bone (2007) cut short two seasons and prolonged his career.
BAYLOR 2011 NFL DRAFTEES
Rnd 1 (21) - Phil Taylor
, DL, Cleveland Browns
Rnd 1 (23) - Danny Watkins
, OL, Philadelphia Eagles
Rnd 7 (216) - Mikail Baker
, DB, St. Louis Rams
Rnd 7 (246) - Jay Finley
, RB, Cincinnati Bengals