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The first round of the NFL Draft wasn’t too kind to the Big 12. With just two players taken, the conference ranks at the bottom of the power five conferences. It continues a disturbing downward trend where the Big 12 is struggling to produce first-round talent. Over the last five seasons the conference has had just 14 names called on the draft’s opening night.

Jameis Winston went first to the Buccaneers, and despite all kinds of rumors of the Browns or the Eagles making a move to pick up Marcus Mariota, the Tennessee Titans took the Oregon QB with the second pick. The ACC and the Pac-12 earned top honors with nine players drafted a piece, and the Washington Huskies stole the evening with three players chosen.

Let’s take a look at the two Big 12 players that heard their names called.

7th – KEVIN WHITE (WVU)  Chicago Bears

The West Virginia receiving star is headed to the Windy City with the seventh overall pick. White’s stock rose throughout the draft process and he’ll play alongside of Alshon Jeffery as the Bears are looking to replace Brandon Marshall.

32nd – MALCOM BROWN (UT) New England Patriots

With the final pick of the first round, the New England Patriots found their replacement for Vince Wilfork by taking Texas’ Malcom Brown off the board. Brown is considered the third best defensive tackle in the draft this year, and has to like the idea of playing for a Super Bowl contender right out of college.

The second round begins on Friday and with Oklahoma’s Dorial Green-Beckham, Jordan Phillips, Daryl Williams, TCU’s Paul Dawson, K-State’s Tyler Lockett, and Baylor’s Bryce Petty still on the board, the Big 12 could have a big rebound. Here’s a complete breakdown of the first round picks.

2015 NFL Draft – First Round

Player POS School Conf NFL Team
1 Jameis Winston QB Florida St ACC Buccaneers
2 Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Pac-12 Titans
3 Dante Fowler DE Florida SEC Jaguars
4 Amari Cooper WR Alabama SEC Raiders
5 Brandon Scherff OT Iowa Big Ten Washington
6 Leonard Williams DT USC Pac-12 Jets
7 Kevin White WR West Virginia Big 12 Bears
8 Vic Beasley OLB Clemson ACC Falcons
9 Ereck Flowers OT Miami ACC Giants
10 Todd Gurley RB Georgia SEC Rams
11 Trae Waynes CB Michigan St Big Ten Vikings
12 Danny Shelton DT Washington Pac-12 Browns
13 Andrus Peat OT Stanford Pac-12 Saints
14 DeVante Parker WR Louisville ACC Dolphins
15 Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin Big Ten Chargers
16 Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest ACC Texans
17 Arik Armstead DE Oregon Pac-12 49ers
18 Marcus Peters CB Washington Pac-12 Chiefs
19 Cameron Erving OL Florida St ACC Browns
20 Nelson Agholor WR USC Pac-12 Eagles
21 Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M SEC Bengals
22 Bud Dupree DE Kentucky SEC Steelers
23 Shane Ray DE Missouri SEC Broncos
24 D.J. Humphries OT Florida SEC Cardinals
25 Shaq Thompson OLB Washington Pac-12 Panthers
26 Breshad Perriman WR UCF AAC Ravens
27 Byron Jones CB UConn AAC Cowboys
28 Laken Tomlinson OG Duke ACC Lions
29 Phillip Dorsett WR Miami ACC Colts
30 Damarious Randall FS Arizona St Pac-12 Packers
31 Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson ACC Saints
32 Malcom Brown DT Texas Big 12 Patriots


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