Welcome Back! Glad to see you, and with my first outing back this season we are looking at some of the big names and names to watch in the Big 12 conference! There are some strong players in this conference, from Quinn Ewers and Dillon Gabriel to Cobee Bryant (Also a cornerback) and Kobe Savage. It’s ok if you aren’t familiar with them, we have you covered!
TOP PROSPECTS FROM THE BIG 12
|Will Howard||Kansas State|
|Alan Bowman||Oklahoma State|
|Behren Morton||Texas Tech|
|Tyler Shough||Texas Tech|
|Garrett Greene||West Virginia|
I know everyone’s excited about Arch Manning, and Maalik Murphy but Ewers is QB1 for the 2023 season. If you’ve checked out our mock drafts, we think Quinn Ewers has day-two NFL Draft potential. Slovis is a name everyone’s heard but after landing on his 3rd college team, can he turn things around? BYU enters its first year in the Big 12. They have recently produced NFL quarterbacks like Zach Wilson and Jarren Hall, so is the 3rd time a charm?
Dillon Gabriel is a player I think can take a big step in his draft potential this season, he played well at UCF but can take his game to the next level with a strong year at Oklahoma. The downside for Gabriel will inevitably be age-related, though if a player is good enough it won’t matter.
Tyler Shough is another guy that had higher expectations when he took over for Justin Herbert at Oregon but hasn’t seen that come to fruition. He went 8-1 for Texas Tech, with a 63% completion percentage in his time there and a solid command of the offense, he should be able to impress in his final year with the Red Raiders.
|Treshaun Ward||Kansas State|
|Elijah Collins||Oklahoma State|
|Tahj Brooks||Texas Tech|
Devin Neal and Trey Sanders are arguably the biggest names in the conference but I’d argue we haven’t seen the best out of guys like Corey Kiner and Keilan Robinson. With many Big 12 rushing leaders being drafted this spring, there’s plenty of room for some of these names to make the jump to the top. Neal was 5th in yards from scrimmage last season, and most of the other top 10 are in the NFL.
|Phillip Brooks III||Kansas State|
|Brennan Presley||Oklahoma State|
|De’Zhaun Stribling||Oklahoma State|
|Jaden Bray||Oklahoma State|
|Drae McCray||Texas Tech|
|Loic Fouonji||Texas Tech|
|Devin Carter||West Virginia|
|Ja’Shaun Poke||West Virginia|
Xavier Worthy is definitely at the top of this list and already has a chance to be a round-one receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft. Another year with coach Sarkisian, he has a chance to be a mid 1st round selection. He has excellent size, plus route-running ability, breakaway speed (think a gazelle lol), and many more of the intangibles you ask from your elite WR1. I’d argue him for WR1 in the class but Marvin Harrison Jr and Emeka Egbuka are hard to catch.
|Ben Sinnott||Kansas State|
|Braden Cassity||Oklahoma State|
|Josiah Johnson||Oklahoma State|
|Baylor Cupp||Texas Tech|
|Kole Taylor||West Virginia|
In their final year season in the conference, Texas has plenty of talent that will keep scouts’ eyes locked on the Big 12. Ja’Tavion Sanders is the cream of the crop but Austin Stogners a close 2nd in this group. Sanders is a receiving threat first and I’d argue there are better blockers in the conference than him.
|Cooper Beebe||Kansas State|
|Cole Spencer||Texas Tech|
|Rusty Staats||Texas Tech|
|Brandon Yates||West Virginia|
|Doug Nester||West Virginia|
|Zach Frazier||West Virginia|
|Christian Duffie||Kansas State|
|Wyatt Milum||West Virginia|
I typically start with scouting Oklahoma linemen, as they have a solid track record. Jones and Majors from Texas have a chance to spotlight their abilities but time will tell if they can handle what’s going to be asked of them.
|Jaylon Hutchings||Texas Tech|
|Myles Cole||Texas Tech|
|Tony Bradford Jr.||Texas Tech|
|Khalid Duke||Kansas State|
|Nate Matlack||Kansas State|
|Anthony Goodlow||Oklahoma State|
|Collin Oliver||Oklahoma State|
|Sean Martin||West Virginia|
TJ Franklin and Alfred Collins are currently at the top of my list from this group, though I’m intrigued to see what happens with Oklahoma’s defensive line situation as the season unfolds. I also appreciate when a player opts to come back and try to take the team to another level, Franklin didn’t like how things went for Baylor last year, and believes he can help finish his career strong, shows leadership and character.
|Chaz Ah You||BYU|
|Daniel Green||Kansas State|
|Justin Wright||Oklahoma State|
|Steve Linton||Texas Tech|
Currently, Danny Stutsman’s the top backer on my watch list, and should be a day two draft pick next year. Stutsman’s not the only solid defender in Oklahoma (also in their final Big 12 season) but the tackle machine looks like an intense day 2 NFL Draft candidate, with strong athletic ability, plus vision and he does a great job wrapping up and bringing players down.
|Kenny Logan Jr.||Kansas|
|Kobe Savage||Kansas State|
|Reggie Pearson Jr.||Oklahoma|
|Kendal Daniels||Oklahoma State|
|Dadrion Taylor-Demerson||Texas Tech|
|Aubrey Burks||West Virginia|
Jalen Catalon and Kobe Savage headline this group (so far) for me, I had thought Catalon was good enough to be a top safety if he came out last year, still have the same feeling this season. Catalon’s got great instincts and is a big hitter with ball-hawking ability that teams will fall in love with during the draft process (if they haven’t already).
|Rayshad Williams||Texas Tech|
|Montre Miller||West Virginia|
I’m leaving this group as TBD, there have been flashes shown by some of these Big 12 prospects but I have more film to watch before I can give a strong opinion on this crop of corners.
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