Publish date:

Ranking Big 12 Teams in the NFL Draft since 2005

Author:
Bob Stoops

Bob Stoops

If it seems the Big 12 is having a bit of an identity crises, that much is true in the NFL Draft, too.

Oklahoma and Texas are the powerhouses in the draft in the last decade. The Sooners and Longhorns have combined for 98 picks in the last 10 years. The other eight teams have combined for 135 during that span. 

OU and Texas have combined for nearly has many first-rounders (18) in the last 10 years as the rest of the league combined (19).

Yet Oklahoma and Texas are in trouble spots right now — Bob Stoops is coming off an eight-win season and cleaning house on his coaching staff; Texas is on Year Two of a new coaching staff.

Instead, TCU and Baylor are the top dogs in the league, and their draft day-performance is starting to show it, too.

Related: Which College Coach Has Produced the Most NFL Draft Picks?

For fans who are college football-centric, NFL Draft day is a chance for bragging rights and a sort of referendum on the relative talent levels for teams and conferences. Whether that’s fair or not is up for debate.

Recommended Articles

Here’s how teams in the Big 12 fared in the last 10 drafts, followed by a few observations.

*Data derived from Pro Football Reference

Big 12 NFL Draft Picks

2005-2014

 

School

Total Picks

First Round

2004-13 Record

1.

57

9

105-28 (.789)

2.

41

9

99-30 (.767)

3.

24

2

93-33 (.738)

4.

23

3

89-38 (.701)

5.

22

5

59-63 (.484)

6.

17

6

85-44 (.661)

7.

15

1

68-55 (.553)

8.

15

1

83-44 (.654)

9.

10

0

50-73 (.407)

10.

9

1

51-70 (.421)

• From the “that can’t be right” file: Oklahoma State has a mere 17 draft picks in the last 10 years? Maybe Mike Gundy and predecessor Les Miles deserve more credit in Stillwater.

• How about TCU at third in the league in draft picks in the last 10 years? It’s a distant third behind Oklahoma and Texas, but third nonetheless. West Virginia and Baylor are right behind.

• Of Baylor’s 22 draft picks in the last decade, 15 have come in since 2011, including four of the Bears’ five first-rounders.

• Kansas State’s more-with-less stereotype holds weight here. Kansas State’s first-round pick in the last 10 years wasn’t even recruited by Bill Snyder. No. 17 overall pick Josh Freeman played his entire college career for Ron Prince. Snyder’s last first-round pick was cornerback Terence Newman in 2003.

• Iowa State hasn’t had a first-round draft pick since running back George Amundson in 1973, the longest drought for a Power 5 conference team by 14 years.