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Three Big 12 Players Selected in the First Round of the 2024 NFL Draft

Oct 7, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman Tyler Guyton (60) reacts during the game against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The first round of the 2024 NFL Draft began on Thursday night with the Chicago Bears drafting their quarterback of the future, Caleb Williams, with the No. 1 overall pick.

It wasn’t long after that, though, that things got very interesting. We saw an immediate run on quarterbacks, including the Atlanta Falcons taking Michael Penix Jr. with the No. 8 pick.

This draft broke the record for offensive players taken in the first round with 22 of the 32 total picks coming from that side of the ball. In fact, the first defensive player wasn’t selected until the No. 15 overall pick.

 

By the end of the night, three Big 12 players had been selected. Here’s where they landed and what each team is getting in their newest addition.

16. Seattle Seahawks

Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

Murphy falling to the Seahawks at No. 16 feels like a steal for Seattle, considering he’s the No. 1 defensive tackle on the board in this year’s class. Getting the top player at a premium position and the No. 14 overall prospect at the midway point of the first round is a huge win for the Seahawks. Murphy is an elite athlete, even among those in this draft, and has the tools to be an impact player at the next level for the foreseeable future. This fit couldn’t have been much better.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (via trade with BUF)

Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

The Super Bowl champions just got a whole lot better. With a record-breaking 4.21 40-yard dash at the 2024 NFL Combine, Xavier Worthy showed the world that he possesses truly elite speed. That will translate very well when Worthy is stretching the field for Patrick Mahomes in Andy Reid’s offense. With Rashee Rice’s availability in limbo, Worthy gives KC a bonafide threat over the deep portion of the field, and that’s a scary thought with everything else the Chiefs have going for them on offense.

 

29. Dallas Cowboys (via trade with DET)

Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The most athletically gifted tackle in this draft, the ceiling for Tyler Guyton is immense. Listed at 6-foot-8, 322 pounds, Guyton has prototype size for the tackle position, but moves like a player two-thirds his size. Dallas was in need of a tackle and lands a guy who many projects as the best player at the position in this class. With elite athleticism, length, and a perfect fit for the Cowboys’ needs, Guyton is a storybook finish for Dallas at the end of the first round.

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