The first day of the first ever “virtual” NFL Draft went fairly seamlessly yesterday, with few surprises for the Big 12. TCU and Oklahoma both had multiple players selected, with Texas Tech – whose Jordyn Brooks went to Seattle – the only real Big 12 squad to have a player drafted higher than expected. This evening the Draft continues, with Round 2 and Round 3 offering former Big 12 players another opportunity to be selected by one of 32 franchises. Below is a preview of what to (roughly) expect for the Big 12 on the second day of the NFL Draft.
Day 2 (Rounds 2&3)
Projected 2nd Round Picks
Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Blacklock is definitely a player who could have gone on the first day of the draft, but it would be a bit of a surprise to see him still on the board after this evening. His ability to disrupt plays and get in the backfield will get him taken in the Round 2. Teams that might take Blacklock include the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Mims has an in-demand skill set that likely won’t let him stay on the board for much longer. As Big 12 fans saw in 2019, Denzel Mims has the size, speed, and hands to be a threat on the outside. There could be some concerns about his route running, but enough teams should be drawn to his measurables and almost 3,000 yards receiving at Baylor. Look for the New York Jets or the Indianapolis Colts to take Mims.
Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
Gallimore is another Oklahoma defender who really benefitted from a season with Alex Grinch in 2019, and he put up enough quality play to likely get him snatched up by someone in the second round. Gallimore’s athleticism and body control is rare for someone his size, but could be more technically sound. The Tennessee Titans or Baltimore Ravens are two teams that could take the big man in Round 2.
Projected 3rd Round Picks
James Lynch, DL, Baylor
Big 12 fans are all too familiar with James Lynch’s ability to get to the passer and find his way to the ball, traits that enabled him to become Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Developing his strength will be key for Lynch as the former Baylor Bear transitions into the pro game, but look for possible the Carolina Panthers or Atlanta Falcons to select him.
Lucas Niang, OL, TCU
Yet another Horned Frog could be selected on the second day if Lucas Niang is taken in Round 3. Niang’s length and surprising quickness have likely had him on NFL radars for some time, and injury issues probably kept him from being higher on teams’ boards. The Los Angeles Rams or Arizona Cardinals are definite possibilities for Niang’s selection.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Hurts proved that he was plenty dangerous during his time in Norman, so it might be surprising for some fans to think of him as a Day Two or even Day Three pick in the NFL Draft. His abilities as a runner are a major part of Hurts’ upside, but concerns about his consistency in the throwing the ball make Hurts a likely Round 3 (or later) pick. The Indianapolis Colts or New England Patriots are possible landing spots for Hurts.
Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Though he made plays while at Texas, Devin Duvernay exploded onto the college scene to really make a name for himself in 2019. While his combination of speed, strength, and reliable hands are definite strengths, Duvernay’s size and liabilities probably make it difficult for him to be taken earlier than Round 3 in what is a fairly loaded wide receiver class in the 2020 Draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team that could take him on Friday.