Big 12 Football: Justin Blackmon and the Most Draftable Big 12 Prospects
The Big 12 conference has produced some of the top prospects in recent NFL Drafts.
Five of the first six players drafted in 2010 were players from the Big 12. Last year's offensive and defensive rookies of the year, Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh, were some of the best players on their teams.
It's a conference known for high-powered offenses and domineering defensive linemen. This year is no different as once again the Big 12 boasts some top-tier NFL talent for the 2012 Draft.
Here are the five most draftable players in the Big 12 going into the college football season.
5. Levy Adcock
Much like former Cowboy Russell Okung, Levy Adcock is an athletic, 6'6" right tackle for the Oklahoma St. Cowboys.
He led the offensive line that was in charge of protecting Brandon Weeden last season. Weeden was one of the conference's least sacked quarterbacks and the offense was one of the best in the country.
Athletic linemen with big frames like Adcock have great value in the draft. With a solid senior season and a good showing at the combine, Levy Adcock could be a second or even first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
4. Ryan Broyles
One of the most dominant receivers in college football, Ryan Broyles does it all for the Oklahoma Sooners.
In addition to raking in 1,622 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns last season, Broyles also serves as an All-Conference punt returner for the Sooners. He's tallied 35 touchdowns in his three-year career and back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons receiving.
He teams up with Landry Jones for what should be another spectacular season in 2011. He's only 5'11", 183 pounds, but he possesses game-breaking speed and can play the slot or outside receiver position with ease.
Broyles is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. With another solid season, there's little doubt Broyles will warrant a late first-round pick.
3. Jeff Fuller
Despite seeing a weekly double-team and erratic quarterback play for half the season, Jeff Fuller proved to be too talented to be stopped in 2010.
Amassing over 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns, Jeff Fuller propelled an otherwise lukewarm Texas A&M passing attack. Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill rallied on him in the clutch and Fuller delivered.
He has the 6'4" frame that the NFL loves and his play improves in the red zone, a key for any big receiver.
With a full offseason to work with Tannehill, it's possible that Fuller could put up massive numbers for the Aggies and cement his status as a first round prospect.
2. Landry Jones
Landry Jones had the tough job of following up Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford in 2010. He responded by finishing three yards short of breaking his single-season school passing records.
On top of gaudy career statistics (7,916 passing yards and 64 touchdowns in one-and-a-half seasons), Jones is the leader of one of the nation's fastest paced spread offenses that frequently audibles. He's one of the most experienced quarterbacks in college football and, like his predecessor, greatly improved his accuracy in his sophomore year.
Jones has all the tangibles you look for in a quarterback and will be a front runner for the Heisman Trophy in 2011, along with other star quarterback prospects Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley.
Mel Kiper, Jr. has already projected him in the top 10 of next year's draft and he very likely will be drafted there.
1. Justin Blackmon
Oklahoma St. receiver Justin Blackmon appeared out of thin air last season for an All-American season, tearing up any player that stood in his way.
The 2010 Biletnikoff winner shredded his way to 1,782 yards receiving and a staggering 20 touchdowns. It was one of the best receiving seasons in the history of the Big 12.
He could have easily been a first round pick in 2011, but he chose to come back to school and compete for a conference title with his partner-in-crime Brandon Weeden.
Blackmon is a true No.1 wide receiver with a relentless motor and an elite ability to jump for the football. If he can build on his very impressive 2010, he will be the first receiver taken in the 2012 Draft.
He has the talent to be a Pro Bowl wide receiver at the next level.