In this, the 79th year of the National Football League Draft, we thought it might be fun and interesting to point out some fun facts and figures that reflect on the Big 12 Conference’s 18-year history as a participant in the process that once was called the Player Selection Draft. The information provided includes the period 1997-2013, but does not include the 2014 draft.
Q: How many selection rounds does each NFL team get, assuming they have a pick in every round?
A: Assuming a team does not have multiple picks as a result of a trade or in compensation from another team, there are seven rounds of selections.
Q: What is the record for the most Big 12 draft picks in a single year?
A: In the 2003, 35 players from the Big 12 were selected in that year’s NFL Draft.
Q: How many times has a player from the Big 12 been selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft?
A: In 2010, Sam Bradford, a quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner who played for the Oklahoma Sooners, was selected as the No. 1 pick, selected by the St. Louis Rams.
Q: How many times have one or more players from the Big 12 been among the top five picks in the draft?
A:Nine times (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002 and 2001). In four of those years (2012. 2010, 2002 and 2001). two of more Big 12 players were among the first five selected. In 2010, the first (Bradford), second (Ndamukong Suh of the Nebraska Cornhuskers), third defensive tackle Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma) and fourth (offensive tacke Trent Smith of Oklahoma) draft picks were out of the Big 12, and Russell Okung , an offensive tackle for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, was the sixth overall pick that year.
Q: What is the most first-round Big 12 selections during the Big 12 era (1997-2014)?
A: Nine in 2005. Four were from Oklahoma, two from Oklahoma State and one each from Nebraska, Texas and Missouri.
Q: What is the most draft selections from any one team in a given draft year?
A: Ten Oklahoma Sooners were drafted in the seven rounds of the 2005 NFL Draft (two in the first round, three in the second, one in both the third and fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth round).
Q: What is the latest that first player from the Big 12 has been selected in a particular draft year?
A: In both 2008 and 2000, the first Big 12 player to be taken in the draft came with the 20th overall pick. Aquib Talib, a defensive back f0r the Kansas Jayhawks, was the highest Big 12 player selected in the 2008 draft, and Oklahoma offensive tackle Stockar McDougle was the 20th overall selection in 2000.
Q: In the history of the Big 12 (1997-2013), which Big 12 school has had the most players selected in the NFL Draft?
A: Oklahoma with 74 players selected in the NFL Draft while the Sooners were members of the Big 12. Nebraska is second with 72, although the Cornhuskers left the Big 12 for the Big Ten following the 2011 season. Had Nebraska remained in the Big 12 in 2012 and 2013, the Cornhuskers would have 78 players selected in the NFL Draft from 1997-2013, thus surpassing Oklahoma over the comparable period. Texas would be third with 65 players drafted as a member of the Big 12.