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Top Big 12 Players at Each Position Heading into Day 2 of the NFL Draft

Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft has come and gone. Byron Murphy from Texas was the first defensive tackle taken off the board and landed with the Seattle Seahawks. The Kansas City Chiefs traded up to snag speedy wide receiver Xavier Worthy from Texas. The Dallas Cowboys opted to improve their offensive line and selected Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyler Guyton with the pick directly after Worthy. With three Big 12 players off the board, who could be selected on Day 2 of the draft? Let’s take a look at one player from each position that could be taken in the second or third rounds.

Quarterback: Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

OK, this is a bit of a reach since Rattler wasn’t in the Big 12 last season, but he did start his career at Oklahoma and will likely be the next quarterback off the board. We’ll throw Rattler a bone here. BYU’s Kendon Slovis and Kansas’s Jason Bean are the only quarterbacks from the Big 12 projected to potentially be drafted and they will most likely be taken on Day 3 of the draft.


Running Back: Jonathan Brooks, Texas

There were no running backs taken off the board in the first round. However, there is one from the Big 12 who could very well be the first one taken on Day 2 of the draft. Jonathan Brooks from Texas showed there wasn’t much of a drop off from Bijan Robinson in 2023 and his production and skill have the looks of a guy who will be very successful at the next level.

Wide Receiver: Adonai Mitchell, Texas

Mitchell was a guy who could have been drafted in the first round, but may be the first player taken in the second round. The Buffalo Bills, who traded back twice, will have the first selection in the second round and are needing a new weapon from quarterback Josh Allen. Mitchell would be a perfect fit to help get the Bills back into contention. Look for Mitchell to be drafted very early in the second round.

Interior Offensive Line: Cooper Beebe, Kansas State

Beebe was a four-year starter and one of the best guards in the nation over the past two seasons and any team getting him in the second round could be getting a steal. Look for Beebe to go early to mid-second round.


Offensive Tackle: Kingsley Suamataia, BYU

There were many people speculating Suamataia could be taken in the first round, but slipping to the second round will give a team a nice tackle who could play on the left or right side of the line at the next level.

Tight End: Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas

Sanders could be the next pass catching tight end threat in the NFL and has the size and hands to create difficult matchups for any defensive coordinator. Sanders shouldn’t last long on day two of the draft.

Defensive End: Austin Booker, Kansas

Booker will need to gain some weight, and he is a project pick, but could be a nice piece for a team willing to work with a hard working pass rusher in the third round.


Defensive Tackle: T’Vondre Sweat, Texas

Sweat is a run-stuffing monster with the strength to occupy double teams in the middle of the defensive line. He will be a nice addition to any team willing to take him on day two of the NFL Draft.

Linebacker: Jaylen Ford, Texas

Ford can cover tight ends and proved he has ball-hawking skills with four interceptions during the 2022 season. He’s a little bit undersized but could be taken in the third round on Friday night.

Cornerback: TJ Tampa, Iowa State

Tampa is one of the best cornerbacks remaining on the board and should be taken in the second round. A former wide receiver with good size for a corner, he can be a versatile player for a defensive coordinator looking to mix and match in their scheme.

Safety: Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, Texas Tech

Taylor-Demerson is a bit undersized but isn’t afraid to hit hard and go after running backs as well as the ability to shadow slot receivers when called upon. He had 10 interceptions over the past three seasons, including four in 2023, so there is a lot to like with this player, even as he could slide to the end of day two and potentially into the first part of day three.

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