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Four Big 12 Players Selected in ESPN Mock Draft

Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Byron Murphy II (90) throws Washington running back Dillon Johnson (7) to the ground during the Sugar Bowl College Football Playoff semifinals game at the Caesars Superdome on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2024 NFL Draft will begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT. The Chicago Bears will kick off this year’s event by selecting USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick.

After that, however, there’s not much certainty about what’s going to happen. Washington has the second pick and is likely to take a quarterback, but the Patriots have been in talks about trading the No. 3 pick, as have the Cardinals at No. 4.

Anything “set in stone” after that is pure speculation, but that’s just part of the process, as are the mock drafts that come with it.

 

There’s a good chance this will be a forgettable night for the Big 12, as no players from future Big 12 programs are projected to go in the first round. However, four players who played in the Big 12 last season are expected to be selected within the first 32 picks, and three of them played for one team.

In ESPN’s latest mock draft from Field Yates, the Texas Longhorns have three players projected to go in the first round, while Oklahoma has a player going on Thursday night as well.

Here’s where Yates has each of them projected to land and what he had to say about each of the selections.

 

11. Atlanta Falcons (via mock trade with MIN)

Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

The Falcons have been widely viewed as the team to take the first defensive player in the draft at their original No. 8 slot, but they might manage to do it even after the small move back. No defensive players in the top 10 here! Atlanta needs pass-rush help after finishing last in pass-rush win rate (30.9%), and Murphy would surely provide it as one of the most disruptive players in the class. Throughout the pre-draft process, he has drawn some parallels to Grady Jarrett, and I love the idea of these two wreaking havoc together as teammates.

21. Miami Dolphins

Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

The Dolphins certainly don’t need to add another wide receiver, but is there a more tantalizing potential fit than the fastest player in the history of the combine (4.21 seconds in the 40-yard dash) joining the fastest offense in the NFL? Miami’s need for speed is well-established, and this pick would create an incredible receiver trio with Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and Worthy.

 

24. Dallas Cowboys

Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The Cowboys must address the left side of the offensive line in Round 1, and Guyton might be the most mobile of the offensive tackles in the mix for the first round. Yes, he is a little green with just one full season as a starter (he played right tackle for the Sooners in 2023), but I love his upside. Dallas would likely keep Tyler Smith at left guard in this scenario, which is his best overall position.

32. Kansas City Chiefs

Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

The defending champs need to address the receivers room, and this is the draft to do it. Mitchell would add size, speed, and reliable hands; he ran a 4.34-second 40 at the combine and dropped just one pass all of last season.

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