Looking ahead to the Big 12's NFL Draft
December, 13, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPN.com
Colleagues Todd McShay and Mel Kiper are your guys from here until April for NFL draft coverage, and they rolled out plenty of updates this week.
Kiper updated his Big Board , a list of the top 25 prospects, and McShay released his first official mock draft now that the season is over.
The highest pick in the Big 12 on McShay's mock draft? West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who McShay says is headed to Arizona to fix the Cardinals' quarterback issues and toss a few balls to Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals are fresh off a 58-0 loss to Seattle this weekend.
That will be much needed. The derby for the No. 1 quarterback will be pretty intriguing during draft season, and I like Smith's chances to hold onto that No. 1 spot through the combine and pro days. Still, you never really know.
You'll need Insider to see McShay and Kiper's full comments, but Smith checks in at No. 25 on Kiper's Big Board.
McShay has Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro headed just a few hours north to my neck of the woods as the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick at No. 19. Kiper has Vaccaro as the No. 20 overall prospect in the draft.
The last Big 12 flavor on the duo's draft coverage: Tavon Austin to New England at No. 30 in the first round. That would be a match made in heaven right there. The Patriots love guys who were productive in college, and you know they would find ways to get him the ball in the open field. Kiper loves Austin as a slot guy in this draft. Could he be groomed as Wes Welker's replacement? Talk about a perfect fit, no?
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
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
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
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