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CFB Fantasy: Big 12 Mock Draft

Athlon's editors sat down for an eight team mock draft, using only players from the Big 12. Which players do they expect to have a big fantasy season?

The mock draft was conducted as an eight team total points league, with a standard conference lineup selected using only players from the Big 12 – 1 QB, 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex – RB/WR, 1 K, 1 DEF and 3 bench spots. Each starting spot was allowed 12 starts during the season, eliminating the need to have a backup for every position for bye weeks.

Draft results based upon standard scoring system – passing touchdowns = 4 pts, rushing touchdowns = 6 pts, 25 passing yards = 1 point, 10 rush/receiving yards = 1 point, receptions = 0.5 points, 2 point conversions = 2 points

Round 1

1. Steven Lassan - Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M
2. Mitch Light - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
3. Charlie Miller - DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
4. Braden Gall - Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
5. Jake Veyhl - Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
6. Doug Word - Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
7. Rob Doster - Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State
8. Patrick Snow - Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

Whether it's the quarterback, running back or wide receiver positions, there are no shortage of fantasy options in the Big 12. Any of the first five players selected in the first round have a case to be the No. 1 selection in Big 12 only drafts, but the safe pick is with Texas A&M passer Jerrod Johnson. The senior may have a few down performances and has offensive line question marks, but is still the best fantasy quarterback in the conference. Missouri's Blaine Gabbert isn't far behind and is a solid choice at No. 2. If DeMarco Murray can stay healthy, he should finish among the top 10 of fantasy running backs in 120 formats. Kendall Hunter is one of the biggest question marks for fantasy owners in the Big 12. Although there's a lot of ability, Oklahoma State has only one offensive line starter back and how the new offensive system will shake out remains to be seen.

Round 2

9. Patrick - Jerrell Jackson, WR, Missouri
10. Rob Doster - Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
11. Doug Word - Derrick Washington, RB, Missouri
12. Jake Veyhl - Garrett Gilbert, QB, Texas
13. Braden Gall - Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
14. Charlie Miller - Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
15. Mitch Light - Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech
16. Steven Lassan - Alexander Robinson, RB, Iowa State

Plenty of solid options were left on the board in Round 2, including intriguing selections of Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden and Texas A&M running back Christine Michael. Weeden has a lot of upside in the new pass-first offense, but has yet to make a start in an Oklahoma State uniform. Michael has to hold off Cyrus Gray for carries, but there's certainly a lot of upside. Mitch Light's selection of Baron Batch was the best of Round 2. With the Red Raiders looking to run a little more this year, Batch should crack the 1,000-yard mark.

Round 3

17. Steven Lassan - Texas Defense
18. Mitch Light - Hubert Anyiam, WR, Oklahoma State
19. Charlie Miller - Detron Lewis, WR, Texas Tech
20. Braden Gall - Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska
21. Jake Veyhl - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
22. Doug Word - Steven Sheffield, QB, Texas Tech
23. Rob Doster - Nebraska Defense
24. Patrick Snow - Oklahoma Defense

In a conference full of solid offenses, it's important to jump on the top defenses. Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma are clearly the top three in the Big 12. If you think Round 3 is too early, ask yourself this question - do you really want to get stuck starting Kansas, Texas A&M or Colorado each week? Braden Gall's selection of Roy Helu could be the one with the most value from this round and he smartly handcuffed the selection by taking Rex Burkhead with his next pick.

Round 4

25. Patrick Snow - Toben Opurum, RB, Kansas
26. Rob Doster - Wes Kemp, WR, Missouri
27. Doug Word - Tre' Newton, RB, Texas
28. Jake Veyhl - Malcolm Williams, WR, Texas
29. Braden Gall - Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
30. Charlie Miller - Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado
31. Mitch Light - Jay Finley, RB, Baylor
32. Steven Lassan - Alex Torres, WR, Texas Tech

If Toben Opurum beats Angus Quigley for the starting job in Kansas, Patrick Snow's fourth-round selection will be a steal. Opurum flashed ability in limited action last year, but needs to work his way back into the starting job this fall. The pecking order in the Missouri receiving corps is certainly up for grabs after Jerrell Jackson, but Wes Kemp is a pick worth the risk for Rob Doster.

Round 5

33. Steven Lassan - Angus Quigley, RB, Kansas
34. Mitch Light - Andrew Jones, TE, Missouri
35. Charlie Miller - Texas Tech Defense
36. Braden Gall - Austen Arnaud, QB, Iowa State
37. Jake Veyhl - Missouri Defense
38. Doug Word - Barrett Matthews, TE, Texas
39. Rob Doster - Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado
40. Patrick Snow - Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR, Texas A&M

Round 6

41. Patrick Snow - Tim Biere, TE, Kansas
42. Rob Doster - Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
43. Doug Word - Taylor Potts, QB, Texas Tech
44. Jake Veyhl - Cody Johnson, RB, Texas
45. Braden Gall - Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska
46. Charlie Miller - Jermie Calhoun, RB, Oklahoma
47. Mitch Light - Texas A&M Defense
48. Steven Lassan - Eric Stephens, RB, Texas Tech

After Doug Word selected Steven Sheffield in Round 3, grabbing Taylor Potts was the right move in Round 6. Getting both Texas Tech passers should give him the starter each week in a high-powered offense. Niles Paul was a good value in Round 6 for Braden Gall. Paul may not post a huge catch total, but he's a threat to score on special teams and should easily lead Nebraska with at least 50 receptions.

Round 7

49. Steven Lassan - Dejuan Miller, WR, Oklahoma
50. Mitch Light - Grant Ressel, K, Missouri
51. Charlie Miller - James Kirkendoll, WR, Texas
52. Braden Gall - Austin Haywood, TE, Oklahoma
53. Jake Veyhl - Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Texas
54. Doug Word - Oklahoma State Defense
55. Rob Doster - Jeremy Smith, RB, Oklahoma State
56. Patrick Snow - Alex Henery, K, Nebraska

Although the Big 12 is full of great fantasy options at quarterback, running back and receiver, it's woefully thin at tight end. Owners in Big 12 only leagues shouldn't be afraid to gamble on Oklahoma's Austin Haywood. The true freshman may not win the job right away, but should see his role increase as the season progresses.

Round 8

57. Patrick Snow - Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor
58. Rob Doster - Kale Pick, QB, Kansas
59. Doug Word - Johnathan Wilson, WR, Kansas
60. Jake Veyhl - Chris Whaley, RB, Texas
61. Braden Gall - Kansas Defense
62. Charlie Miller - Zac Lee, QB, Nebraska
63. Mitch Light - Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
64. Steven Lassan - Collin Franklin, TE, Iowa State

Round 9

65. Steven Lassan - Dan Bailey, K, Oklahoma State
66. Mitch Light - Colorado Defense
67. Charlie Miller - Brad Taylor, TE, Baylor
68. Braden Gall - Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M
69. Jake Veyhl - Ryan Deehan, TE, Colorado
70. Doug Word - Justin Tucker, K, Texas
71. Rob Doster - Huston Prioleau, TE, Texas A&M
72. Patrick Snow - Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma

Round 10

73. Patrick Snow - Deshaun Sands, RB, Kansas
74. Rob Doster - Matt Williams, K, Texas Tech
75. Doug Word - Kendial Lawrence, RB, Missouri
76. Jake Veyhl - Jacob Branstetter, K, Kansas
77. Braden Gall - Carson Coffman, QB, Kansas State
78. Charlie Miller - Grant Mahoney, K, Iowa State
79. Mitch Light - Harrison Jeffers, RB, Texas Tech
80. Steven Lassan - Josh Cooper, WR, Oklahoma State

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