RudolphIt looks like it will be a lean year for the Big 12 in a variety of ways as the next level talent is sparse.  Here are the top 84 prospects from the conference.

NFL Prospects from the Big 12

Rnd Full Name School Pos Year
3-4 Charles Walker Oklahoma DT 4Jr
3-4 Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia DE 5Sr
4th Joseph Noteboom TCU T 4Jr
4th Dravon Henry West Virginia S 3Jr
4th Camrhon Hughes x-Texas T 5Sr
4th Elijah Lee Kansas State OLB 3Jr
4th Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB 3Jr
4th James Washington Oklahoma State WR 3Jr
5th Tyler Orlosky West Virginia C 5Sr
5th Chad Whitener Oklahoma State ILB 4Jr
5th Allen Lazard Iowa State WR 3Jr
5th Seth Russell Baylor QB 5Sr
5-6 Samaje Perine Oklahoma RB 3Jr
5-6 Marcell Ateman Oklahoma State WR 4Sr
5-6 Josh Carraway TCU OLB 5Sr
6th Blake Jarwin Oklahoma State TE 5Sr
6th Dante Barnett Kansas State S 5Sr
6th Tre Flowers Oklahoma State S 4Jr
6th Jhaustin Thomas Iowa State DE 5Sr
6th Jordan Willis Kansas State DE 4Sr
6-7 K.J. Smith Baylor OLB 3So
6-7 Kyle Fuller Baylor C 5Sr
7th Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State S 4Sr
7th Dede Westbrook Oklahoma WR 4Sr
FA Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma S 4Sr
FA Jordan Thomas Oklahoma CB 3Jr
FA Rushel Shell West Virginia RB 5Sr
FA KD Cannon Baylor WR 3Jr
FA Devin Lauderdale Texas Tech WR 5Sr
FA Tyrone Swoopes Texas QB 4Sr
FA Adam Pankey West Virginia G 5Sr
FA Fish Smithson Kansas S 5Sr
FA Geno Lewis Oklahoma WR 5Sr
FA Deante Burton Kansas State WR 5Sr
FA Kent Perkins Texas G 4Sr
FA Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB 5Sr
FA Denzel Johnson TCU S 4Sr
FA Ryan Reid Baylor CB 5Sr
FA Jhajuan Seales Oklahoma State WR 5Sr
FA Jordan Burton Oklahoma State OLB 4Sr
FA Chris Carson Oklahoma State RB 4Sr
FA Shock Linwood Baylor RB 5Sr
FA Taylor Young Baylor ILB 4Jr
FA Charmeachealle Moore Kansas State OLB 4Sr
FA Steven Parker Oklahoma S 3Jr
FA Jordan Evans Oklahoma ILB 4Sr
FA Skyler Howard West Virginia QB 5Sr
FA Christian Brown West Virginia DE 5Sr
FA D’Vario Montgomery Iowa State WR 5Sr
FA Keenon Ward Texas Tech S 4Jr
FA Orion Stewart Baylor S 5Sr
FA Jordan Shelley-Smith Kansas G 5Sr
FA Tanner Wood Kansas State DE 4Jr
FA Travon Blanchard Baylor S 4Jr
FA Taylor Vincent Oklahoma State DT 4Jr
FA Zachary Crabtree Oklahoma State T 4Jr
FA Paul Lewis Oklahoma State C 4Jr
FA Caleb Bluiett Texas TE 5Sr
FA Ke’Aun Kinner Kansas RB 4Sr
FA Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech QB 4Sr
FA Brian Nance Baylor DE 3Jr
FA Chance Waz Baylor CB 3Jr
FA Jomal Wiltz Iowa State CB 4Sr
FA Devin Chafin Baylor RB 5Sr
FA Donovan Starks Kansas State CB 5Sr
FA Dakota Austin Oklahoma CB 4Sr
FA Dylan Haines Texas S 5Sr
FA Baylen Brown Texas Tech G 4Sr
FA Aiavion Edwards Baylor ILB 5Sr
FA Damani Mosby Kansas DE 5Sr
FA D’Andre Banks Kansas G 4Sr
FA Paul Boyette Jr Texas DT 5Sr
FA Ondre Pipkins Texas Tech DT 5Sr
FA Marnez Ogletree Kansas CB 4Sr
FA Olakunle Salako Oklahoma State T 5Sr
FA Daikiel Shorts Jr West Virginia WR 4Sr
FA Nigel Tribune Iowa State CB 4Sr
FA Deante’ Gray TCU WR 5Sr
FA Barry Sanders Oklahoma State RB 5Sr
FA Aviante Collins TCU T 5Sr
FA Derrick Moncrief Oklahoma State S 5Sr
FA James McFarland TCU OLB 5Sr
FA Bazie Bates Kansas S 4Sr
FA Kenny Iloka TCU S 5Sr



Baylor is a program in transition and right now a team in distress.  It will be interesting to see how it all pans out and how the pro-prospects, especially those on offense, perform.

Some scouts grade quarterback Seth Russell as a second day selection but I feel he’s last day talent.  Russell is a smart signal caller who makes proper choices in the pocket and for the most part throws accurate passes.   His arm strength is average and on my board Russell is no better than former Baylor signal caller Bryce Petty, who turned into a fourth round pick.

Sophomore linebacker K.J. Smith plays with a nice degree of speed and explosion, showing great range and ability in pursuit.  He needs to improve his playing strength and become a more secure tackler but I like his next level future.

Iowa State

Jhaustin Thomas is an intriguing prospect.  He has next level size (6-feet/5.5 inches, 280lbs), speed (reportedly under 4.9s) and flashes skill.  Thomas smoothly moves to every direction of the field and shows a lot of athleticism in his game.  He’s also deceptively strong and occupies blockers which allows teammates to make plays on the ball.  Thomas offers a lot of next level potential but must step up his productivity and consistency.

Kansas State

I’m big on the next level possibilities of Elijah Lee and feel he offers potential as a three down linebacker in a variety of schemes.  Lee is quick, explosive and very fast, showing ability in pursuit while holding his own in coverage.  He’s a little undersized but comes with growth potential.  I grade him as a fourth rounder but could easily see Lee making a move into the draft’s second day if he continues to progress.

Keep an eye on Dante Barnett who sat on the sidelines with injury in 2015.  He’s a safety I graded as a mid-rounder off the 2014 film.


The Sooners game film was underwhelming and I really don’t expect them to impact next year’s draft or challenge for this season’s national title as some predict.

Receiver Dede Westbrook could be the only Sooner drafted from the senior class next April.  He’s a solid college receiver with average next level skills.

Oklahoma State

Scouts have stamped several of the OSU seniors as draftable prospects and they are especially fond of tight end Blake Jarwin who they feel is third round talent.  Jarwin has impressive measurables and is a solid pass catching tight end.  Despite reportedly running in the low 4.7s area, he comes across as a one-speed player with a limited burst and I’m not a fan of his blocking.

Receiver James Washington displays the ability to control games and makes some extraordinary catches.  He also has lapses and inconsistencies on the field.  Washington could end up as a late second or early third round prospect if he elevates his game.

I’m just not a believer in quarterback Mason Rudolph at this point.  Yes, he has next level size and physical skills but he needs to improve almost every aspect of his game before I stamp him as a top 75 prospect.


Offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom has excellent size, strength and is a terrific position blocker best as a right tackle in the NFL.  I feel he could move into the second day of the draft with two more productive seasons.

Keep an eye on safety Kenny Iloka, a talented defensive back who sat out 2015 with a knee injury.

West Virginia

Noble Nwachukwu received early second day grades from scouts and while I like his pass rushing skill I just don’t know where a guy who measures under 6-feet/2-inches and lacks long speed fits at the next level.

I do believe safety Dravon Henry is a junior on the rise.  Henry did a terrific job filling in for Karl Joseph last year when the senior went down with a knee injury and he displays a complete game in centerfield.