Baylor Bears senior Running Back Shock Linwood has decided to step back from playing in his last college football bowl game, the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, to focus on the NFL draft, putting him in the same conversation as workhorses like Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey. The only difference is that while both Fournette and McCaffrey are early first-round draft picks, many are saying that Linwood might not even be drafted by the NFL.
Is Shock a draftable prospect? Sure. He does have the all-time Baylor rushing record, but he’s a fifth-year senior with some serious off-the-field issues who was suspended just this season for “an attitude issue.” Scouts and organizations might see this as a sign that the kid isn’t ready for an NFL schedule. It’s absolutely Linwood’s right to sit out the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl or even the National Championship if he thinks that’s what’s best for him, and we support college athletes for making whatever money-related decisions they want to make. But I’ve got to question the advice that Linwood’s been given here.
He’s just not that good to make it to the NFL based on what we’ve seen so far. We’re not NFL scouts (unless watching too much college football counts) but I don’t see how skipping a chance at national recognition is going to do good things for your stock.
The only thing that I will say here (as a Baylor fan) is that the Bears’ season has been over for a long time. Coaches don’t seem to care any more. Could this keep him from getting injured during a practice that was shoddily run? Yes. But it could also help him stand out amongst the crowd.
More than a few fans are wondering if this isn’t Shock’s way of cutting out early to enjoy the time he’s got left before he has to hit the gym. I’m not going to say that I’m on that bandwagon, but if most people think that you’re just being lazy, wouldn’t you like to prove them wrong?