Big 12's Best Draft Eligible Prospects

Here's a look at each Big 12 school's top 2016 draft eligible prospect. There's some talented defensive line prospects from this league like Baylor's Shawn Oakman and Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah.

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This week I will take a look at each program's top draft eligible prospect for 2016 in the Power Five conferences. Today I examine the Big 12.

1) Baylor

Defensive end Shawn Oakman is a monster with incredible size at 6-foot-8, 280-pounds. He elected to stay in school and come back for another season at Baylor. Last season he recorded 48 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. He transferred from Happy Valley after having some off the field problems at Penn State. He literally has enormous talent, as Oakman is long, quick and strong at right defensive end.

2) Oklahoma State

Emmanuel Ogbah is the first Oklahoma State Cowboy to be named defensive linemen of the year by the league's coaches. He played in every game as a freshman and started every game last season, even going one stretch with a sack in six consecutive games. He finished last season with 49 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks and five pass breakups. Ogbah could have declared for the 2014 draft but this red-shirt junior is coming back. If Ogbah improves this season like he did last than it will prove to be a wise decision. Look for his stock to continue to rise.

3) Texas Tech

Le’Raven Clark will finish as a three-year starter at left tackle but could project inside at the next level. In 2014 he had 100 knockdown blocks and 11 touchdown resulting blocks. Clark is better blocking in tight quarters than in space which is odd for someone with his agility, footwork and balance. He has good length and gets off the ball well. Clark, 6-foot-6, 316-pounds, was All-Big 12 first team in 2014.

4) TCU

Josh Doctson has been a very productive player for the Horned Frogs since transferring to TCU from Wyoming. Over the past two seasons he has caught 101 passes for 1,458 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. In the wide open Big 12, Doctson is one of the league’s top wide receivers. He has nice size at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. Doctson didn’t finish spring ball for TCU after breaking a bone in his hand. The Horned Frogs are so explosive because of players like Doctson, running back Aaron Green and quarterback Trevone Boykin.

5) Oklahoma

For a linebacker with his playing abilities Eric Striker has an appropriate name. He has made his presence felt on the Sooners defense for three seasons now. So far Striker has racked up 124 tackles, 27.5 tackles for a loss, and 15.5 sacks. He was a first team All-Big 12 member in 2014 and made the second team in 2013. Striker, 6-foot-0, 223-pounds, has played in 39 games, starting 26 times. He plays with an edge, a relentless motor and is always attacking. Striker is one of college football’s best hitters and most physical players. Striker’s not the biggest linebacker out there but he’s speedy and so aggressive.

6) West Virginia

Strong safety Karl Joseph was All-Big 12 in 2014. Joseph, 5-foot-11, 197-pounds, had a big junior season in 2014, recording 92 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, an interception, forced three fumbles, and had three pass breakups. This true junior from central Florida has 38 starts under his belt. That’s a ton of snaps over three years. This hard hitting safety is experienced and very smart. He’s essentially the quarterback of the defense in Morgantown and makes a ton of play in the back end.

7) Texas

Sedrick Flowers is a 6-foot-3, 320-pounds offensive guard for Charlie Strong’s Longhorns. He saw action early in his career, started last season and will be the veteran of what Strong hopes will be a much improved unit in 2015. Flowers has 14 starts in 31 games in Austin. This left guard excels in run blocking and is getting better in pass pro.

8) Kansas State

After red-shirting in 2011, Cody Whitehair hasn’t missed a beat for the Wildcats. He’s been a three-year starter at Kansas State. He has played both offensive tackle spots and has been All-Big 12 second team the last two years. Whitehair, 6-foot-4, 309-pounds, projects inside at guard in the NFL. He has good feet but lacks the necessary size and length to play tackle on Sundays.

9) Kansas

Ben Goodman is a player on the rise for the Jayhawks. This senior has shown some good ability off the edge. He was more of an edge guy two years ago where he recorded 34 tackles, three sacks and 7.5 tackles primarily playing the Buck/outside linebacker position. Last year he was moved to defensive end. Now he will be a defensive end in the new Kansas 4-3 scheme. Goodman, now 6-foot-3, 253-pounds, will have a chance to shine in 2015.

10) Iowa State

After considering a few players here for the Cyclones I decided to go with a playmaker in the Iowa State secondary in cornerback Nigel Tribune. He’s a 5-foot-11, 188-pounder from Jacksonville that has been an absolute steal for Iowa State. This true sophomore has started 18 times over his first two seasons in Ames. He has 19 pass breakups over the last two years, including 13 in 2014. Tribune also has 94 tackles and four interceptions over that time. He was All-Big 12 Second Team last year.

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