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

RndFull NameSchoolPosYear
3-4Charles WalkerOklahomaDT4Jr
3-4Noble NwachukwuWest VirginiaDE5Sr
4thJoseph NoteboomTCUT4Jr
4thDravon HenryWest VirginiaS3Jr
4thCamrhon Hughesx-TexasT5Sr
4thElijah LeeKansas StateOLB3Jr
4thMason RudolphOklahoma StateQB3Jr
4thJames WashingtonOklahoma StateWR3Jr
5thTyler OrloskyWest VirginiaC5Sr
5thChad WhitenerOklahoma StateILB4Jr
5thAllen LazardIowa StateWR3Jr
5thSeth RussellBaylorQB5Sr
5-6Samaje PerineOklahomaRB3Jr
5-6Marcell AtemanOklahoma StateWR4Sr
5-6Josh CarrawayTCUOLB5Sr
6thBlake JarwinOklahoma StateTE5Sr
6thDante BarnettKansas StateS5Sr
6thTre FlowersOklahoma StateS4Jr
6thJhaustin ThomasIowa StateDE5Sr
6thJordan WillisKansas StateDE4Sr
6-7K.J. SmithBaylorOLB3So
6-7Kyle FullerBaylorC5Sr
7thJordan SternsOklahoma StateS4Sr
7thDede WestbrookOklahomaWR4Sr
FAAhmad ThomasOklahomaS4Sr
FAJordan ThomasOklahomaCB3Jr
FARushel ShellWest VirginiaRB5Sr
FAKD CannonBaylorWR3Jr
FADevin LauderdaleTexas TechWR5Sr
FATyrone SwoopesTexasQB4Sr
FAAdam PankeyWest VirginiaG5Sr
FAFish SmithsonKansasS5Sr
FAGeno LewisOklahomaWR5Sr
FADeante BurtonKansas StateWR5Sr
FAKent PerkinsTexasG4Sr
FABaker MayfieldOklahomaQB5Sr
FADenzel JohnsonTCUS4Sr
FARyan ReidBaylorCB5Sr
FAJhajuan SealesOklahoma StateWR5Sr
FAJordan BurtonOklahoma StateOLB4Sr
FAChris CarsonOklahoma StateRB4Sr
FAShock LinwoodBaylorRB5Sr
FATaylor YoungBaylorILB4Jr
FACharmeachealle MooreKansas StateOLB4Sr
FASteven ParkerOklahomaS3Jr
FAJordan EvansOklahomaILB4Sr
FASkyler HowardWest VirginiaQB5Sr
FAChristian BrownWest VirginiaDE5Sr
FAD’Vario MontgomeryIowa StateWR5Sr
FAKeenon WardTexas TechS4Jr
FAOrion StewartBaylorS5Sr
FAJordan Shelley-SmithKansasG5Sr
FATanner WoodKansas StateDE4Jr
FATravon BlanchardBaylorS4Jr
FATaylor VincentOklahoma StateDT4Jr
FAZachary CrabtreeOklahoma StateT4Jr
FAPaul LewisOklahoma StateC4Jr
FACaleb BluiettTexasTE5Sr
FAKe’Aun KinnerKansasRB4Sr
FAPatrick MahomesTexas TechQB4Sr
FABrian NanceBaylorDE3Jr
FAChance WazBaylorCB3Jr
FAJomal WiltzIowa StateCB4Sr
FADevin ChafinBaylorRB5Sr
FADonovan StarksKansas StateCB5Sr
FADakota AustinOklahomaCB4Sr
FADylan HainesTexasS5Sr
FABaylen BrownTexas TechG4Sr
FAAiavion EdwardsBaylorILB5Sr
FADamani MosbyKansasDE5Sr
FAD’Andre BanksKansasG4Sr
FAPaul Boyette JrTexasDT5Sr
FAOndre PipkinsTexas TechDT5Sr
FAMarnez OgletreeKansasCB4Sr
FAOlakunle SalakoOklahoma StateT5Sr
FADaikiel Shorts JrWest VirginiaWR4Sr
FANigel TribuneIowa StateCB4Sr
FADeante’ GrayTCUWR5Sr
FABarry SandersOklahoma StateRB5Sr
FAAviante CollinsTCUT5Sr
FADerrick MoncriefOklahoma StateS5Sr
FAJames McFarlandTCUOLB5Sr
FABazie BatesKansasS4Sr
FAKenny IlokaTCUS5Sr



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.