When ESPN and ESPN2 air Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2015 NFL Draft tonight (7-11:30 p.m. ET), Bryce Petty expects to be watching intently from his Midlothian, Texas home while enjoying extra helpings from a crawfish boil.
What’s a crawfish boil?
“‘What’s a crawfish boil?'” the former Baylor quarterback repeated the Front Row question with a chuckle during his recent ESPN Car Wash.
“You could easily eat 3 to 4 pounds of crawfish by yourself. You get big bags of crawfish, you boil them up, you throw them on the table with corn on the cob, potatoes. You go to peeling them, shucking them. You need to look it up.”
Many experts, including ESPN analysts George Whitfield Jr. and Jon Gruden, feel Petty has the ingredients to be a successful NFL quarterback. Petty is expected to be chosen tonight, perhaps as the third quarterback selected overall after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were snatched with the top two picks when the Draft opened Thursday.
Quarterback guru Whitfield has worked with Petty since the Bears quarterback was a sophomore; Gruden tutored Petty during a recent episode of QB Camp.
Petty, who set 31 Baylor school records during his career in Waco, raves about what he has learned from both Whitfield (see sidebar) and Gruden.
During his session with Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl winner Gruden, Petty learned “to have a plan – not to make a plan during the game but to have a plan before the game. Learn, understand and study the Xs and Os to a point where when you see it, you already know what to do.”
Sometimes, though, life throws you a curve – or a Nerf football-throwing contest. Petty enjoyed his Car Wash appearances on various ESPN platforms including NFL Live. Still, he shook his head recalling his less-than-stellar SportsCenter passing accuracy contest against co-anchors Nicole Briscoe and Jay Crawford.
“It was fun, but at the same time, it was extremely hard throwing a Nerf football,” said Petty, who completed nearly 63 percent of his passes for Baylor but was not nearly as successful under the hot SportsCenter lights. “That was difficult.”