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On3 Selects Four Big 12 Offensive Players Deserving More NFL Hype

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While the Big 12 Conference continually produces NFL-caliber talents each season, some of the most talented players in the conference can still slip through the cracks.

On3’s Matt Zenitz ranked the top 10 offensive players in all of college football who are deserving of more NFL hype heading into the season, and on his list, Zenitz selected four players from the Big 12 Conference. The four featured members are TCU OL Brandon Coleman, Oklahoma OL Tyler Guyton, Houston OL Patrick Paul, and Kansas State TE Ben Sinnott.


Zenitz elected to order his list in alphabetical order resulting in the first name popping up being TCU‘s Brandon Coleman.

He started off by citing the recent track record of Horned Frogs being selected in the NFL Draft saying, “A TCU offensive lineman went in the first 40 picks of this year’s NFL Draft. It may happen again next year, too. Scouts view Coleman as a top two-round talent who could maybe even end up in the first-round conversation. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Coleman shifted to left tackle for TCU last year after playing guard in 2021. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection.”

Zenitz then sand praises of the Oklahoma product Tyler Guyton saying, “It could end up being back-to-back years for Oklahoma of having first-round offensive tackles. After Anton Harrison went in the first round this year, Guyton is now a legit first-round prospect for next year. At least some scouts already have first-round grades on Guyton heading into the season despite him having made just five career starts as an offensive lineman.” Zenitz added, “The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Guyton transferred to the Sooners last year after two years at TCU. His lone start at TCU came as an H-back in 2021. During that 2021 season, he had a 6-yard touchdown catch against Iowa State. “He’s got all the ability in the world,” Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said during the spring. “One of the most talented guys I’ve ever seen. And we’ve had some pretty talented guys come through here.”

The third offensive lineman from the Big 12 Conference to show up on the list was courtesy of one of the new addition Big 12 teams, Houston‘s Patrick Paul who Zenitz raved about saying, “Houston isn’t without some NFL-caliber talent as it makes the transition to the Big 12. At least some scouts view Paul as one of the top offensive tackle prospects for next year’s draft and as a first-round possibility. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Paul was a first-team All-AAC left tackle for the Cougars the last two seasons, becoming the first Houston offensive lineman in 11 years to earn first-team all-conference recognition in back-to-back seasons. Paul’s brother, Chris, was a standout offensive lineman at Tulsa and now plays for the Washington Commanders.”


The final player from the Big 12 Conference to crack the list happens to be the only skill player mentioned from the Big 12. Zenitz elected to break down Kansas State tight end Ben Sinnott by saying, “Sinnott, a product of the same Iowa hometown and high school as Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman, has evolved into a potential top three-round draft pick after initially arriving in Manhattan as a walk-on. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Sinnott, who has put on more than 30 pounds since joining the Wildcats in 2020, was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season and was recently tabbed as a preseason second-team all-conference pick heading into this year. Sinnott finished last season with 31 catches, 447 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. It was the most catches and receiving yards from a Kansas State tight end in 14 years. He also ranked fourth nationally among tight ends with an average of 14.4 yards per catch.”

The Big 12 Conference produced six players in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft with Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson, Texas’ Bijan Robinson, Iowa State’s Will McDonald IV, TCU’s Quentin Johnston, Oklahoma’s Anton Harrison, and Kansas State’s Felix Anudike-Uzomah, and while the Conference should have more prospects headed for the big leagues in the near future, the four names above all have a serious chance to make some waves in the upcoming draft.

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