You can always count on the Big 12 to do one thing, and that is to produce a shitload of NFL draft picks. It’s a sneaky conference and unless you know your stuff or bet frequently on college football, you probably wouldn’t notice that the Big 12 has been blitzing the NFL Draft for the past few years.
Take a look at last year, in the 2009 NFL draft. The Big 12 sent a host of players into the draft and around seven first round picks, including young stud Tampa Bay Quaterback Josh Freeman and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and 49er wide receiver Michael Crabtree. These players were able to make impacts for their teams as soon as they stepped on the field.
So who is the Big 12 sending this year? It’s never been a conference that has impressed me personally with the style of football played. And while everyone likes to jump on that super hype train about how good the conference is and this and that about how athletic the players are and blah blah blah. I’m not impressed with the conference, the way a conference impresses me is winning the National Championship. Unfortunately for the Big 12 Conference they haven’t won that honor since Texas in 2005 and they’ve only been champions twice in this decade. But as far as quality players go, you can’t argue with results. And this year the Big 12 will fighting for that number one overall draft spot. I’d have a hard time betting against the guys the up for that spot from the Big 12 Conference. Some of the big names include Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Ndamuking Suh and offensive lineman Russel Okung. If you’re betting on the NFL draft, it’s sure is a bit of a toss up on who will go first Big 12 is blitzing the draft, and one of these guys might get through first.
If you’re thinking it might be a quarterback, then you have to consider Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy, but there’s another McCoy that could easily go number one overall, and that would be Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy who could very well be the real McCoy in this April’s Big 12 dominated NFL Draft.