Compared to its power-conference peers, the Big 12 is not exactly an NFL factory line. The conference saw just 21 players from its members drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft, six fewer than the ACC, less than half of what the Big Ten produced, and a third of the number of players coming out of the SEC. But that doesn't mean the Big 12 is lacking in players that will contribute at the next level. After all, the Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes, is a Big 12 product.
There were some potential stars in the making to come out of the conference in 2020, including CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma. Next year's draft pool from the Big 12 has some good talent developing on both sides of the football. But the Big 12 could also have the best running back on the board with Chuba Hubbard and quarterbacks Sam Ehlinger and Brock Purdy could be names to keep an eye on in the QB class of 2021.
Here is a list of the top 25 players from the Big 12 to watch for in the 2021 NFL Draft.
1. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State's 2,000-yard rusher may very well be the top running back in next year's draft class. Even if it is difficult for running backs to get first-round consideration, Hubbard should be among the top backs off the board next year if he jumps early.
2. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Texas' big offensive tackle will enter the 2020 season as one of the top offensive line prospects in the nation, not just the Big 12. Cosmi has already established himself as a dominant force and there is no indication that will change now.
3. Caden Sterns, S, Texas
Texas also has one of the top safeties in the nation with Caden Sterns. He'll have plenty of opportunities to showcase his skill in the defensive backfield in the pass-happy Big 12.
4. Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
Oklahoma will once again be ripe with NFL talent. It starts up front with Humphrey, who will be the anchor of one of the top offensive lines in the nation.
5. Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
Ehlinger certainly has some room to grow, but another year as the starter for the Longhorns after deciding to return will allow him a chance to move up the QB prospect rankings.
6. Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State
Purdy will be an interesting name to watch. He led the Big 12 in 2019 with 306.3 passing yards per game, finishing with nearly 4,000 yards through the air and can make things happen with his legs too.
7. Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma
The Sooners have a defensive force along their back end in Brown. Brown will be tasked with going up against some of the top receivers in the Big 12, giving him a chance to shut things down.
8. Darius Stills, DT, West Virginia
Stills is tough to handle, as his 15.0 tackles for a loss in 2019 would indicate. Expect more disruption on the line to draw the eyes of the NFL to Morgantown.
9. Garrett Wallow, LB, TCU
TCU's top defensive player is Wallow, and he just might be one of the best linebackers on the board next season. Wallow had 125 tackles last season and should finish with triple-digit stops again this season.
10. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
Throwing the football at Oklahoma State is easy with Wallace on the field. Wallace led the Cowboys with 903 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. As long he's able to rebound from a torn ACL suffered this past November, he'll continue to be a top target before he heads off to the NFL in 2021.
11. Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
Another one of the top linebackers in the Big 12 is set for one more big season in Waco. Bernard had 112 tackles last season and shows good awareness that will allow him to thrive at the next level. Maybe he'll even wind up with his head old coach, Matt Rhule, who is now leading the Carolina Panthers.
12. Charleston Rambo, WR, Oklahoma
With CeeDee Lamb off to the NFL, Rambo is in line to be the next leading receiver in Norman. Rambo caught 43 passes for 743 yards and five touchdowns last season. Those numbers should go up this fall.
13. T.J. Simmons, WR, West Virginia
Simmons could improve his receiving totals a bit more, but one more year in Morgantown for the blue and gold should keep him on the radar.
14. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Quarterbacks need to think twice before throwing the football in Moehrig's direction. The rising defensive back had four interceptions last season and was the Horned Frogs' second-leading tackler.
15. Andrew Parchment, WR, Kansas
One of the Big 12's top wide receivers a year ago, Parchment is poised to take on an even bigger role for the Jayhawks this season. The senior could be Kansas’ first drafted receiver since 2010.
— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Patreon, on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Like him on Facebook.