Last April the Big 12 placed a pair of players in the first round, including the seventh pick of the draft as well as the final selection of the frame. In 2016 they may be hard pressed to place a single player into round one. Here are rankings and notes on 111 next level prospects from the conference.
|2-3||Cody Whitehair||Kansas State||G||5Sr|
|3rd||Daryl Worley||West Virginia||CB||3Jr|
|3-4||Emmanuel Ogbah||Oklahoma State||DE||4Jr|
|5th||K.J. Dillon||West Virginia||S||4Sr|
|5th||Noble Nwachukwu||West Virginia||DE||4Jr|
|5-6||Glenn Gronkowski||Kansas State||FB||4Jr|
|6th||Seth Jacobs||Oklahoma State||OLB||4Jr|
|6th||Pete Robertson||Texas Tech||OLB||4Sr|
|6th||Keenon Ward||Texas Tech||S||4Jr|
|6th||Kevin Peterson||Oklahoma State||CB||4Sr|
|6th||Rushel Shell||West Virginia||RB||4Jr|
|6th||Adam Pankey||West Virginia||G||4Jr|
|6th||Michael Hunter||Oklahoma State||CB||5Sr|
|6th||Karl Joseph||West Virginia||S||4Sr|
|6-7||Jordan Willis||Kansas State||DE||3Jr|
|6th||Tyler Orlosky||West Virginia||C||5Sr|
|7th||Wendell Smallwood||West Virginia||RB||3Jr|
|7th||Marquis Lucas||West Virginia||G||5Sr|
|7th||Danzel McDaniel||Kansas State||CB||4Sr|
|7th||Le’Raven Clark||Texas Tech||T||5Sr|
|FA||Ryan Simmons||Oklahoma State||ILB||4Sr|
|FA||Dante Barnett||Kansas State||S||4Sr|
|FA||Jhajuan Seales||Oklahoma State||WR||4Jr|
|FA||Jimmy Bean||Oklahoma State||DE||5Sr|
|FA||Deandre Washington||Texas Tech||RB||4Sr|
|FA||Nicholas Kwiatkoski||West Virginia||ILB||5Sr|
|FA||Corey Avery||x- Kansas||RB||3Jr|
|FA||Jordan Sterns||Oklahoma State||S||3Jr|
|FA||Marcell Ateman||Oklahoma State||WR||3Jr|
|FA||Kyle Rose||West Virginia||DT||5Sr|
|FA||Branden Jackson||Texas Tech||DE||5Sr|
|FA||Morgan Burns||Kansas State||CB||4Sr|
|FA||Davis Webb||Texas Tech||QB||3Jr|
|FA||Christian Brown||West Virginia||DE||4Jr|
|FA||Nate Jackson||Kansas State||CB||5Sr|
|FA||Jeremy Seaton||Oklahoma State||FB||5Sr|
|FA||Terrell Chestnut||West Virginia||CB||5Sr|
|FA||Zachary Crabtree||Oklahoma State||T||3So|
|FA||Quenton Bundrage||Iowa State||WR||5Sr|
|FA||Paul Lewis||Oklahoma State||C||4Jr|
|FA||Edward Muldrow||West Virginia||S||5Sr|
|FA||Jared Barber||West Virginia||ILB||5Sr|
|FA||Brock Dagel||Iowa State||T||5Sr|
|FA||Sam Richardson||Iowa State||QB||5Sr|
|FA||Jamison Lalk||Iowa State||G||5Sr|
|FA||Boston Stiverson||Kansas State||G||5Sr|
|FA||Luke Hayes||Kansas State||G||4Sr|
|FA||Micah Awe||Texas Tech||ILB||4Sr|
|FA||Andrew Buie||West Virginia||RB||5Sr|
|FA||Matthew Kleinsorge||Kansas State||T||5Sr|
|FA||Marquel Bryant||Kansas State||OLB||5Sr|
|FA||Derrick Moncrief||Oklahoma State||OLB||4Sr|
|FA||Andre Davis||Kansas State||WR||4Sr|
|FA||Brandon Sheperd||Oklahoma State||WR||4Sr|
There was a bit of shock two months ago when I tweeted area scouts had stamped Shawn Oakman as a 3rd/4th round pick. After watching the film I understand why. Oakman is physically impressive and makes plays- on occasion. While he can be a dominant force it seems all too often Oakman is a “once blocked, stays blocked” type of defender. After watching the film I came away reminded of Quinton Coples.
Oakman could take a lesson in tenacity from his teammate, Andrew Billings. The fiery nose tackle plays non-stop and is a constant force, either disrupting the action or occupying blocks and allowing teammates to make plays. I’m probably underrating him a tad, but as is the case with most underclassmen I want to see his true computer numbers.
The same time I posted my tweet on Oakman, I also put out the news that some scouts view Spencer Drango as a late rounder, which I completely disagree with. Though he may not be the greatest athlete Drango has good size, length and football intelligence. He’s a great technician with next level starting potential.
I find ISU an easy team to root for but their next level talent leaves a lot to be desired. Receiver Quenton Bundrage, who hurt his knee during the initial game last season then missed the rest of the year, is the team’s top prospect but a free agent on my board. He offers solid size/speed numbers and was both dependable and productive in 2013.
Years of sub-par recruiting could hurt the Jayhawks on the field and will hurt them in NFL war rooms.
Running back Corey Avery graded as the teams top prospect but was dismissed from the program in early June.
That leaves offensive tackle Larry Mazyck, a massive blocker who dominates opponents when on his game but must improve every facet of his blocking.
I’ve been on the Cody Whitehair wagon the past three years as he’s a nasty, strong blocker effective in all areas of the game. Unlike scouts, I believe his best position at the next level is offensive guard rather than tackle.
Keep an eye on cornerback Danzel McDaniel. He offers next level ball skills and flashes the ability to shut down opponents. His deep speed in long coverage is a concern but I believe McDaniel can line-up as a dime back on Sunday’s in a zone system.
The West Virginia game notwithstanding when he was torched by Kevin White, Zack Sanchez has the makings of a first round pick. He offers next level ball skills and stands out making plays when his back is to the ball. Size is the question mark for Sanchez.
Poor size will also be an issue for linebacker Eric Striker, the linebacker who lives up to his name. He’s an explosive athlete but built more like a safety than a defensive front seven player.
For the most part the top Oklahoma State prospects in the draft have come from the offensive side of the ball. That changed when Justin Gilbert was selected with the 9th pick of the draft in 2014 and once again their top next level prospect is a defender.
Junior Emmanuel Ogbah is an explosive pass rushing end who plays with great athleticism, offers the ability to stand up over tackle and seems to have the growth potential to develop into an every down end.
When I watch the TCU film I am amazed the way the coaching staff extracts every ounce of ability from their players. The Horned Frogs don’t put great athletes on the field (think Paul Dawson and Chris Hackett) rather really good football players.
Hence the case moving forwards.
Receiver Josh Doctson is the teams top prospect as he’s a reliable wide out who displays solid run after the catch skill. Doctson lacks elite size/speed numbers which will push him out of the top 40 selections, though a number of scouts believe he is the top receiver from the senior class.
I like the potential of the team’s other receiver Kolby Listenbee, who flashes big play ability but needs to up his production a bit. Listenbee offers terrific measurables and the talent to line-up as a third receiver on Sunday.
Dylan Haines is a well rounded safety who’s fearless defending the run while also displaying top ball skills in coverage. He offers solid size and is coming off a breakout campaign, which he needs to build upon, but I believe he has second day potential.
Opinions are mixed on quarterback Tyrone Swoopes but put me in the camp of those who believe he’ll develop into a big time talent. Swoopes is a tremendous athlete with a next level arm but also a quarterback prospect that displays himself to be more passer than thrower. I love his patience in the pocket as he’s by no means a run first signal caller. I also feel he makes solid decisions. That said Swoopes is sort of on the fence at this point and must really turn the corner in 2015 and improve the nuances of his game if scouts are to fully move into his camp.
Le’Raven Clark is highly rated in many circles but I’m not a believer. On film I see a big guy who flashes athleticism but an offensive tackle who shows little in the way of balance or finishing strength.
After having a receiver selected in the early part of round one last April, the top NFL prospects on the WVU roster can be found in their secondary.
Daryl Worley offers the size and ball skills to be a starter at the next level. He shuts down opponents who only occasionally throw in his direction. I presently grade the junior as an early third rounder but rest assured, another good season will push him into the top 45 if he measures/times well.
Most scouts like Karl Joseph over K.J. Dillion, but I disagree. Dillon has a size advantage over his teammate and is significantly better making plays when the ball is in the air.