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One Future Big 12 Player Selected in the First Round of the 2024 NFL Draft

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The picks are in, and the first 32 selections in the 2024 NFL Draft are complete. Some of college football’s biggest names from a season ago are now members of NFL franchises, and some of them will serve as the face of their new team for years to come.

It was a relatively quiet night for the future Big 12 teams, as just one player from the 16 programs that will share the conference in 2024 and beyond was taken in the first round.

The Green Bay Packers opted to select Arizona offensive tackle Jordan Morgan with the 27th pick in the first round.

 

The majority of mock drafts leading up to tonight hinted that it might be a quiet night for the conference, but one of the new kids on the block ensured that the Big 12 wasn’t skunked heading into 2024.

Technically, Texas and Oklahoma are still members of the league, so Byron Murphy (No. 16), Xavier Worthy (No. 28), and Tyler Guyton (No. 29) will all go down in history as Big 12 selections.

 

Despite just seeing just one player go in the first round, the future Big 12 has several top-shelf players left on the board as the second and third rounds approach, so there is still plenty of meat left on the bone for the league in this draft.

Kansas State IOL Cooper Beebe and TE Ben Sinnott, BYU OT Kingsley Suamataia, West Virginia C Zach Frazier, Iowa State CB T.J. Tampa, UCF WR Javon Baker, and Texas Tech S Dadriaon Taylor-Demerson are all players who could hear their names called in the second round, so it’s not as if the other teams in the league are devoid of talent.

It also helps that the Big 12 is coming off an impressive showing in the 2023 NFL Draft as well, seeing six first-round selections in last year’s class: Texas Tech‘s Tyree Wilson, Texas‘ Bijan Robinson, Iowa State‘s Will McDonald, TCU‘s Quentin Johnston, Oklahoma‘s Anton Harrison, and Kansas State‘s Felix Anudike-Uzomah.

The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft will continue in Detroit on Friday night, with coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT.

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