There is no other way to put it. The 2017 NFL Draft has been abysmal for the Big 12. The conference had just two, TWO, players selected in the first two rounds. Forget the rest of the power five conferences, that’s on par with the MAC, who also had two players taken in the first two rounds. Oh, and the AAC, the American Athletic Conference, had five players taken in rounds one and two.
Overall, the Big 12 had four players taken Friday during the second and third rounds of the draft. Here’s a look at all the Big 12 picks so far.
|Patrick Mahomes II||QB||TTU||Rd 1 (10)||Chiefs|
|Joe Mixon||RB||OU||Rd 2 (48)||Bengals|
|Jordan Willis||LB||KSU||Rd 3 (73)||Bengals|
|D’Onta Foreman||RB||TEX||Rd 3 (89)||Texans|
|Rasul Douglas||CB||WVU||Rd 3 (99)||Eagles|
As the night began it definitely started to feel like teams were passing on Mixon, but was he was eventually selected by the Bengals with the 48th overall pick, and it was met with the backlash on Twitter as we thought it would.
Mixon’s snub was expected, but what Willis’ and Perine’s was not. The Kansas State linebacker was thought to be a possible first round pick, but he fell all the way to the middle of the third round, and when Kansas City passed him over, Wildcat Twitter nearly lost its mind. Willis ended up going to the Bengals with the 73rd pick. For Perine, he was thought to be a second or third round pick, but he’s still on the board.
It simply hasn’t been a good draft for the conference, and I’m sure we are going to hear plenty about it in the upcoming months. Especially since the SEC set a record for the number of players taken in the first two rounds at 21 picks and some teams had more picks than the Big 12. I guess draft picks don’t directly translate to bowl wins.