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Name: Kawaan Baker 
College: South Alabama     Number: 15
Height: 6-1   Weight: 210
Position: WR  Pos2: KR
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2021

40 Low: 4.40
   40 Time: 4.45
  40 High: 4.50
Projected Round:   Stock:    

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Height: 6004
Weight: 210

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Dates: 03/19/21
Hand: 10 3/4  Arm: 32 3/8
Wingspan: 76

Height: 6004
Weight: 210
40 Yrd Dash: 4.45
20 Yrd Dash: 2.51
10 Yrd Dash: 1.49
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 21
Vertical Jump: 39 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'09"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.41
3-Cone Drill: 7.42

40 Time Range: 4.43-4.46/Projected 4.54/-5 LBs
 

 



 Data Scout Notes: 2020: 2ndC...2019: HMC...P2ndC...HM All-Sun Belt WR w/33-494-15.0-4 rec, 59-251-4.3-9 rush, 5-94-18.8-0 KR, TT in 12 gms in '18. 7-102-14.6-1 rec in 1 st, 10 gms in '17. Redshirted in '16.

 Kawaan Baker, South Alabama, Player News


  One way or another, Kawaan Baker was going to wind up with the New Orleans Saints. The former South Alabama wide receiver was selected in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL draft on Saturday night, going with the No. 255 overall pick. Had he not been drafted, he was planning on signing with the Saints as an undrafted free agent. "I was on the phone with them, getting a contract over and everything," Baker said. "They put in a call again, and (Saints head coach) Sean Payton was on the phone saying he's got some good news. From there, it was up." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Baker was a three-year starter at South Alabama, finishing his career with 126 receptions for 1,829 yards and 16 touchdowns. His yardage total is a program record, while the receptions rank second and touchdowns tied for first.

He is just the second South Alabama player drafted by an NFL team in the program's 12-year history, and the first in four years. Tight end Gerald Everett was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round (No. 44 overall) in 2017. "I am very aware of that," Baker said. "For the Saints to give me the opportunity, it's a blessing. I'm just going to give it up to God and make the most of it." - Birmingham News


(DS#56 WR) rSr/2021 WR Kawaan BakerSouth Alabama
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  Former South Alabama wide receiver Kawaan Baker was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL draft on Saturday. Baker (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) was a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference pick in 2020, when he caught 51 passes for 659 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished his career with 27 total touchdowns, 16 receiving and 11 rushing. An Atlanta native, Baker was taken with the 255th overall pick in the draft. He burst onto the draft radar at South Alabama's Pro Day, running the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, vertical leaping 39.5 inches and doing 21 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Baker becomes the second South Alabama player drafted by an NFL team, after tight end Gerald Everett went to the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 2017 draft. - Birmingham News

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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: Kawaan Baker, South Alabama, WR,...The all-conference honor marks the third straight for Baker, but is the first second-team accolade for the wideout who is among the top six in the Sun Belt in catches (4.6) and receiving yards per game (59.9). He tied the school season record for TD receptions (8) while also setting career highs in total catches (51) and receiving yards (659). - South Alabama Football

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  Kawaan Baker has been overshadowed by Tolbert - and at times Jalen Wayne - this season, but enjoyed perhaps the best game of his career on Saturday. The senior caught six passes for a career-high 154 yards and three touchdowns, the first an 80-yarder that gave the Jaguars a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. He later added TD grabs of 15 and 4 yards, the first on third-and-6, the latter on fourth-and-goal. ULM appeared to load up to stop Tolbert - who still caught two passes for 68 yards - and Baker was the beneficiary. He also had one carry as the Jaguars' wildcat quarterback, for which opponents will now have to prepare. Baker and Tolbert are one of the top receiver tandems in the Sun Belt - if not the entire country - and each is capable of taking over a game if the other is having an off-night. - Birmingham News

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  OCT 26 SUN BELT CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kawaan Baker, South Alabama,...Baker caught six passes for a career-best 154 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Jaguars past a ULM defense that entered play allowing just 167 yards per game passing; it was the highest receiving yards total in the Sun Belt this weekend while he matched the most touchdown receptions in the league this year.

The senior's 80-yard touchdown catch in the final minute of the opening quarter was the second-longest pass play in school history and the longest in the conference this season, and he added scores from 16 and five yards out in the second half to post multiple touchdowns in the same game for first time since South visited Louisiana on Nov. 17, 2018. With the effort his second 100-yard game of the year, and third of his career. Baker went over 1,500 receiving yards in his career while finishing the night tied for second on South's career record list with 14 touchdown catches and moving into the top five on the program's all-time scoring list. - Sun Belt Football


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  Devin Rockette returned an interception a school-record 95 yards to open scoring early, Kawaan Baker hauled in six passes for 154 yards with three touchdowns and South Alabama walloped Louisiana-Monroe 38-14 on a hot and humid Saturday night. The win was a second straight for South Alabama (3-2, 2-0 Sun Belt) and also broke a two-game losing streak in the series against the Warhawks (0-6, 0-3). Louisiana-Monroe stifled South Alabama's opening drive, holding the Jaguars to two yards before forcing a punt. The Warhawks offense advanced to the 14 before Rockette picked off Colby Suits and ran it back 95 yards the other way. The Pick-6 was South Alabama's first defensive touchdown since the 2018 season.

Desmond Trotter lofted a pass to Baker, who'd gotten behind two Louisiana-Monroe defenders, for an 80-yard completion and a 17-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Baker caught two more scoring passes after halftime. Trotter completed 8 of 12 passes for 184 yards. Baker notched his second 100-yard receiving game this season, third of his career. Suits finished 22-for-33 for 282 yards, his third 200-yard game this season, and a touchdown strike to Jordan Carroll as the Warhawks closed to 31-14 early in the fourth quarter. - AP College Football


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  Campbell and his assistants told anyone who would listen that the trio of senior Kawaan Baker and juniors Jalen Tolbert and Jalen Wayne were going to be catalysts for the Jaguars' offense this season, and Thursday proved that. The three combined for 16 receptions for 352 yards and three touchdowns, including a 6-reception, 169-yard, 2-touchdown performance by Tolbert. The junior from Mobile has had back-to-back dominant games, following a 5-144-4 showing in a season-ending win over Arkansas State in 2019.

Wayne, also from Mobile, turned in a 6-101 ledger, while Baker caught four passes for 82 yards - including a 52-yard touchdown. South Alabama's offensive plan sometimes appears to be "throw it up to the big receivers and let them make a play," but that's not a bad strategy given the talent the Jaguars have at that position. Quarterback Desmond Trotter was careless with the ball on a few occasions Thursday, but the good far outweighed the bad. - Birmingham News


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  Senior WR Kawaan Baker enters the year among the top 10 in school history in 10 different statistical categories, with five of those - rushing, receiving and total touchdowns, touchdowns accounted for and total points - scoring marks. The only individual in program history to be included on both the rushing and receiving touchdown lists, Baker is coming off a season in which he led the Jags in catches and receiving yards for the first time. He had six outings with three or more receptions and five contests in which he recorded 50-plus yards, including accomplishing both feats in the last two outings of 2019. - South Alabama Football

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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Kawaan Baker, South Alabama,...Baker, who was named third-team preseason all-Sun Belt Conference by both Athlon and Phil Steele Publications, enters his final collegiate season tied for eighth on the school career record list with 75 receptions, seventh with 1,170 yards receiving and tied for seventh with eight touchdown catches. The 6-foot-1 receiver also stands sixth with 1,783 all-purpose yards and 114 points as well as third with 19 total touchdowns scored. Last season, Baker led the team with 35 catches for 574 yards and was also named honorable mention all-Sun Belt Conference, and he added 82 yards rushing and 35 on kick returns to post 692 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total on the squad. - South Alabama Football

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  2019 ALL-SUN BELT HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Kawaan Baker, South Alabama (Jr., WR, Atlanta, Ga.),...It's the second season in a row that Baker, who topped the Jags with 35 catches for 574 yards, has earned honorable mention all-league recognition. The junior from Atlanta, Ga., had multiple receptions in 10 of 12 contests this fall - including posting four for a career-best 126 yards against Georgia Southern - while pacing the team in catches five times and receiving yards on five occasions. - South Alabama Football

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  2019 PRESEASON SUN BELT SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR - Kawaan Baker (South Alabama, Junior),...Baker led the team in scoring with 78 points, was second on the squad in rushing and receiving yards and receptions, and finished third with 839 all-purpose yards to be named honorable mention all-Sun Belt last fall. A preseason second-team all-conference selection by Phil Steele Publications, Athlon Sports and Lindy's, he hauled in 33 receptions for 494 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 251 yards and nine scores a season ago.

The Atlanta, Ga., native caught a career-high-tying four passes against Oklahoma State, Memphis, Appalachian State and Louisiana, and he scored both on runs and receptions in matchups with OSU, UofM and Louisiana Tech in the Jags' 2018 opener. - South Alabama Football


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