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NFL Barometer: Baker Breaks Out

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Chip Kelly, James Harrison and David Bowie.

RISING

Edwin Baker, RB, CLE


Baker is a well-built back with above average straight-line speed, two traits that convinced the Chargers to pick him in the seventh round of the 2012 despite the fact that Baker was mostly a bust as a hyped recruit at Michigan State. He followed up a 1,201-yard, 13-touchdown 2010 season on 5.8 yards per carry with 665 yards (3.9 YPC) and five touchdowns in 2011, his final year at Michigan State. Given that unimpressive college finish, itís somewhat surprising that Baker posted promising numbers for the Browns the last two weeks. Cut from the San Diego roster in August, the Browns picked up Baker off the Houston practice squad Dec. 10, giving him eight carries for 38 yards and a touchdown against Chicago in Week 15 as he caught four passes for 46 yards. He had a second straight impressive effort against the Jets on Sunday,

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