What if Sam Bradford had declared for the draft?
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It's an intriguing question: How high would Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford have gone in the NFL draft if he had declared back in January?
The Heisman Trophy winner likely would have been the highest quarterback taken in Big 12 history and could have been the No. 1 pick.
He instead has chosen to return for his junior season and hopes to lead the Sooners to an unprecedented four-peat of Big 12 titles.
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman has a thought-provoking piece this morning that analyzed Bradford's decision from a variety of angles.
If anything, it guarantees that the Big 12's draft profile should remain strong for another year.
With a boatload of top picks expected in Saturday's first round, the Big 12 will be well-represented.
And if Bradford can keep progressing and stay away from injuries, he likely could become the first Big 12 player ever to be selected as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft after next season.
It will be interesting to watch it all play out -- both on Saturday and for Bradford throughout the upcoming season.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State