The NFL Draft is a day that turns childhood dreams into reality for collegiate athletes. In last year’s draft, a total of 25 players were selected from the Big 12 conference, its most since having 26 selections in 2019, which tied the Pac-12 for the third-most draftees among conferences.
As the NFL Draft approaches, NFL mock drafts are slowly starting to come out of the woodwork. NFL media analyst, Daniel Jeremiah has released his first mock draft for the 2023 season, and in his list, four Big 12 players crack the first round.
The first round of last year’s draft didn’t feature a single player from the Big 12, with Iowa State’s Breece Hall (36th pick) being the first conference player selected. Jeremiah’s mock draft includes four Big 12 players getting selected in the first round, three of them being edge rushers. Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson, Iowa State’s Will McDonald IV, K-State’s Felix Anudike-Uzomah, and Texas running back Bijan Robinson.
Jeremiah has Tyree Wilson mocked to the Seahawks with the fifth overall pick to boost Seattle’s front seven. Will McDonald is set to pair up with Wilson in Seattle as the 20th pick. The Kansas State edge rusher Felix Anudike-Uzomah mocked to the Cowboys with the 26th pick in what would be a scary sight for any offense lining up across from Uzomah and Micah Parsons. And lastly, the Buffalo Bills selecting Bijan Robinson with the 30th pick.
Last year’s draft saw each of the following players find their homes through the draft process, and following a big year in Big 12 football, many more look to follow.
- 36. Breece Hall, RB (Iowa State), New York Jets
- 37. Jalen Pitre, S (Baylor), Houston Texans
- 50. Tyquan Thornton, WR (Baylor), New England Patriots
- 64. Nik Bonitto, OLB (Oklahoma), Denver Broncos
- 66. Brian Asamoah, ILB (Oklahoma), Minnesota Vikings
- 79. JT Woods, S (Baylor), Los Angeles Chargers
- 89. Terrel Bernard, ILB (Baylor), Buffalo Bills
- 108. Perrion Winfrey, DT (Oklahoma), Cleveland Browns
- 116. Eyioma Uwazurike, DE (Iowa State), Denver Broncos
- 125. Erik Ezukanma, WR (Texas Tech), Miami Dolphins
- 128. Charlie Kolar, TE (Iowa State), Baltimore Ravens
- 152. Delarrin Turner-Yell, S (Oklahoma), Denver Broncos
- 181. Kyron Johnson, ILB (Kansas), Philadelphia Eagles
- 188. Malcolm Rodriguez, ILB (Oklahoma State), Detroit Lions
- 193. Devin Harper, ILB (Oklahoma State), Dallas Cowboys
- 202. Michael Woods II, WR (Oklahoma), Cleveland Browns
- 203. Trestan Ebner, RB (Baylor), Chicago Bears
- 223. Isaiah Thomas, DE (Oklahoma), Cleveland Browns
- 240. Christian Holmes, CB (Oklahoma State), Washington Commanders
- 242. Kalon Barnes, CB (Baylor), Carolina Panthers
- 246. Dawson Deaton, C (Texas Tech), Cleveland Browns
- 247. Skylar Thompson, QB (K-State), Miami Dolphins
- 253. Russ Yeast, S (K-State), Los Angeles Rams
- 257. Marquis Hayes, OL (Oklahoma), Arizona Cardinals
- 262. Brock Purdy, QB (Iowa State), San Francisco 49ers
The NFL Draft takes place close to home for multiple Big 12 teams from Thursday, April 27th through Saturday, April 29th in Kansas City. Will 2023 be the year with the most selected players from the big 12 conference?