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Monday, April 27, 2009
Top-heavy Big 12 draft breaks record with 7 first-round picks

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The Big 12 had its most productive draft in history in the first round, but failed to match those numbers in later rounds of the draft.

A record seven Big 12 players were selected in Saturday's first round, breaking the conference's previous record of six first-round draft selections in 2003.

But the Big 12 lagged throughout the rest of the draft, producing only 28 players in the seven rounds. That number was the lowest since 28 players were picked in 2007 and tied for the second lowest in conference history behind only the 24 selections in the 2000 draft.

Missouri led all Big 12 teams with six players selected and two chosen in the first round. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19th pick, Philadelphia) and defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood (32nd pick, Pittsburgh) represented the first time Missouri has had two first-round selections in the first round since Morris Towns (11th pick, Houston) and Steve Pisarkiewicz (19th pick, St. Louis) were first-round choices in 1977.

The Tigers' six picks were even more remarkable considering they had only 15 players chosen in the previous 12 drafts of the Big 12 era starting in 1997.

Here's a look at how the Big 12 compared with the other conferences in first-round picks on Saturday.

First-round draft picks

Here's a look at how the six BCS-affiliated conferences ranked in total draft picks in the 2009 draft.

Also interesting were how traditional non-Big 12 power schools cleaned up early in the draft.

Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith was the first Big 12 player in the draft, taken with the second pick by St. Louis. It tied for the highest pick in Baylor school history, with Jack Wilson by the Cleveland Rams in 1942 and Adrian Burk by Baltimore in 1950. He also is tied with Leonard Davis for the highest pick in Big 12 history. Davis was selected with the second pick by Arizona in 2001.

Here are some other school-specific draft tidbits I came up with after watching most of the draft.