With the college football season winding d0wn – although many would say that this is the time of year when things really rev up – we are starting to see a number of mock NFL drafts projecting who the top college players are and where they might be headed come next April when projections become reality in the 2014 NFL Draft.
In USA Today’s latest NFL mock draft, seven players from the Big 12 are projected in the opening two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, but only two – Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson and TCU cornerback Jason Verrett – are projected among the top 32 first-round picks. Five more Big 12 players, two from Oklahoma and one each from Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas Tech were projected in the latest USA Today mock draft as second-round picks.
The five Big 12 players who the USA Today draft experts are currently positioning as second-round selections are cornerback Aaron Colvin and fullback Trey Millard, both from Oklahoma; cornerback Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State; running back Lache Seastrunk of Baylor, and tight end Jace Amaro of Texas Tech.
Amaro and Seastrunk are the only underclassmen among the seven Big 12 players cited in the USA Today mock draft. Position-wise, the seven players include three offensive players and four who play defense.
The top-five mock draft picks, according to USA Today’s latest projections, feature quarterbacks as the top-three selections: 1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (Jacksonville Jaguars); 2. Marcus Mariotta, QB, Oregon (Minnesota Vikings; 3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (Houston Texans); 4. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (St. Louis Rams); 5. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (Atlanta Falcons).
Here is the mock draft position of the Big 12 players in the USA Today top-64 projections (with the potential NFL teams in parentheses):
14. Cyril Richardson, offensive guard, Baylor Bears (San Diego Chargers
20. Jason Verrett, cornerback, TCU Horned Frogs (Chicago Bears)
35. Aaron Colvin, cornerback, Oklahoma Sooners (Washington Redskins)
40. Justin Gilbert, cornerback, Oklahoma State Cowboys (Pittsburgh Steelers)
54. Lache Seastrunk, running back, Baylor Bears (New York Jets)
60. Jace Amaro, tight end, Texas Tech Red Raiders (New England Patriots)
62. Trey Millard, fullback, Oklahoma Sooners (San Francisco 49ers)