It 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
|3-4||Noble Nwachukwu||West Virginia||DE||5Sr|
|4th||Dravon Henry||West Virginia||S||3Jr|
|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|
|5-6||Marcell Ateman||Oklahoma State||WR||4Sr|
|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|
|7th||Jordan Sterns||Oklahoma State||S||4Sr|
|FA||Rushel Shell||West Virginia||RB||5Sr|
|FA||Devin Lauderdale||Texas Tech||WR||5Sr|
|FA||Adam Pankey||West Virginia||G||5Sr|
|FA||Deante Burton||Kansas State||WR||5Sr|
|FA||Jhajuan Seales||Oklahoma State||WR||5Sr|
|FA||Jordan Burton||Oklahoma State||OLB||4Sr|
|FA||Chris Carson||Oklahoma State||RB||4Sr|
|FA||Charmeachealle Moore||Kansas State||OLB||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||Tanner Wood||Kansas State||DE||4Jr|
|FA||Taylor Vincent||Oklahoma State||DT||4Jr|
|FA||Zachary Crabtree||Oklahoma State||T||4Jr|
|FA||Paul Lewis||Oklahoma State||C||4Jr|
|FA||Patrick Mahomes||Texas Tech||QB||4Sr|
|FA||Jomal Wiltz||Iowa State||CB||4Sr|
|FA||Donovan Starks||Kansas State||CB||5Sr|
|FA||Baylen Brown||Texas Tech||G||4Sr|
|FA||Paul Boyette Jr||Texas||DT||5Sr|
|FA||Ondre Pipkins||Texas Tech||DT||5Sr|
|FA||Olakunle Salako||Oklahoma State||T||5Sr|
|FA||Daikiel Shorts Jr||West Virginia||WR||4Sr|
|FA||Nigel Tribune||Iowa State||CB||4Sr|
|FA||Barry Sanders||Oklahoma State||RB||5Sr|
|FA||Derrick Moncrief||Oklahoma State||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.
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.
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.
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.
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.