For a conference that many argue is an offensive orientated league, it is to no surprise that the Big 12 has some of the best offensive tackles in the country. On3 Impact 300 revealed the top 10 returning offensive tackles, prior to the release of the inaugural list, and there are some familiar faces.
Starting off the list out of Northwestern is Peter Skoronski, who is ranked by ESPN’s Mel Kiper as the No. 11 overall player in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Ranked number 2 on the list is Cooper Beebe from Kansas State. Last season, Beebe earned First Team All-Big 12 from both the AP and coaches. That gave him the title of the youngest offensive lineman ever named to the All-Big 12 First Team by the Associated Press. Beebe has started in 21 of the 22 games he has played in and did not allow a sack among his 367 pass-blocking snaps. He is listed at 6’4, 322 pounds and will look to protect transfer quarterback Adrian Martinez in his first season with the Wildcats.
Coming in at number 3 is Oklahoma’s Anton Harrison, who started 12 games last season. He is a 6’6, 309 pound left tackle who has a current NIL valuation of $523,000. Harrison allowed just one sack on 173 pass-blocking snaps, and is currently ranked on ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s 2023 NFL Draft board as the No. 7 ranked offensive tackle. He is entering his junior season with the Sooners and will be protecting the blindside of transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel.
At number 4 is Joe Alt from Notre Dame. He will be a sophomore for the Fighting Irish this season and will be playing his first full season as a offensive tackle, after playing some tight end last season. He has a NIL valuation of $511,000.
The last Big 12 lineman to round out the top 5 is Baylor’s Connor Galvin. The offensive tackle started all four seasons for the Bears and opted in to return for his fifth year back in January. Galvin earned AP All-American Third Team last season. The 6’7, 310 pound tackle has a NIL valuation of $410,000.
The three Big 12 players to make the list are all deserving, and will look to solidify themselves as the best tackle in the conference and even the country. Other than Galvin, we have a chance to see Beebe and Harrison for two more seasons, but that could change depending on the success they have this season, as both are eligible for the 2023 NFL Draft.