After putting up a whopping eight picks, including three top-10 selections in the first round, the second best of any conference, the Big 12 hit a stall Friday. Only four players were taken over the second and third rounds, two in the second — Texas's Aaron Williams and Kansas State's Daniel Thomas — and two in the third — Oklahoma back DeMarco Murray and Texas corner Curtis Brown. If anything, this serves as a further indicator for just how much talent is returning to the Big 12 next season.
Oklahoma and Texas show up to the party
After neither school produced a first-rounder this year, each school had somebody drafted on Day Two. For Texas, it wrapped up the worst top-three round draft in the past 11 years. In the previous 10 years, the Longhorns never produced any fewer than two first-through-third-rounders in a draft. That matches what Texas had in the 2011 NFL Draft, though the 2011 Draft is the first one of those 11 where the Longhorns didn't also produce a first-rounder. It does bear mentioning that Oklahoma's status is largely because a plethora of highly rated prospects elected to remain home, serving as the backbone of a Preseason No. 1 team. Texas can make a similar argument to a lesser extent — players like Kheeston Randall and Keenan Robinson are likely top-three round picks, while Cody Johnson is a possible top-three round pick at fullback.
Top teams have two
Even with the Longhorns' relatively small class, Texas is still tied for the most players produced with two. Missouri would seem to have an edge among those squads, as the Tigers produced two top-10 selections. Baylor and Colorado both put up two first-round picks apiece. The Longhorns had a second rounder and a third rounder.
Others still don't have a player taken
Out of the 10-team Big 12, six squads have produced a draft pick this year. That should quickly bump to seven when a team grabs Oklahoma State runner Kendall Hunter. The other three: Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State, all have players who could be drafted, though the Jayhawks' top prospect, Chris Harris, could also be an undrafted free agent.
League of the running back?
Everyone talks about the Big 12 as a passing league, but the conference has produced one more running back selection than quarterbacks and wide receivers combined. That gap should only get better when Hunter is picked, likely in the fourth round Saturday. Of course, this is somewhat skewed because high round quarterback and receiver picks like Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles, Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon came back, while it remains to be seen where a player like Robert Griffin III could go when he comes out.