Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The All-Big 12 NFL Team: Offense
By David Ubben
We took a look at the All-Big 12 crossover team earlier this week, but colleague Ted Miller took a look at the All-Pac-12/NFL team over at the Pac-12 blog on Tuesday.
So, what about the Big 12? I'm glad you asked.
I love the NFL, and it's time to take a look at the Big 12's top players at the next level. This isn't about what you did in college. This is about what you've done at the next level. Sorry, Vince Young.
You must be active, and I'm judging this team based on how good players are right now. However, I included players from teams in the Big 12 during the 2011 season.
Let's start with the offense:
QB: Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (Oklahoma)
Bradford edges out Kansas State's Josh Freeman for this award. Bradford won Rookie of the Year honors after winning the Heisman at OU, but had a rough sophomore season. Either way, it's Bradford's spot here.
RB: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (Oklahoma)
Peterson's recovering from a serious knee injury, but he's got a case as the game's best running back.
RB: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (Texas)
Charles is coming back from a torn ACL, but he rushed for 1,467 yards in 2010, his second consecutive 1,000-yard season.
WR: Wes Welker, New England Patriots (Texas Tech)
I hated to leave Michael Crabtree off this list, but there's no doubt Welker belongs. His 1,569 receiving yards in 2011 were a career high, and his fourth 1,000-yard season.
WR: Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles (Missouri)
Maclin is a deep threat for Michael Vick and dangerous as a runner, too. Anybody who saw him at Mizzou isn't surprised. He dealt with a cancer scare in 2011, but should get back to his form in 2012 like he was in 2010, catching 70 passes for 964 yards and 10 scores.
WR: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (Oklahoma State)
Bryant's a rising star, but health issues have slowed him a bit. He nearly doubled his production in 2011, his second season, with 928 yards and nine touchdowns.
TE: Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers (Texas)
Finley's been a big target for MVP Aaron Rodgers, and caught eight touchdown passes on 55 catches for 767 yards.
OL: Jammal Brown, Washington Redskins (Oklahoma)
Brown is a two-time Pro Bowler and a one-time All-Pro who left OU as an Outland Trophy winner in 2004. Most impressive? He's started 84 of a career 85 games.
OL: Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Oklahoma)
Joseph made two Pro Bowls (2008, 2011) and helped pave the way for LeGarrette Blount and a powerful Bucs rushing offense. He only took a season as a part-time starter before earning full-time honors in his second year in Tampa.
OL: Jeromey Clary, San Diego Chargers (Kansas State)
Clary started 60 games since being drafted in the sixth round in 2006.
OL: Phil Loadholt, Minnesota Vikings (Oklahoma)
Loadholt was a juco transfer who made a big impact on one of the best O-lines in Big 12 history for the 2008 Sooners. He's started every game of the first three years of his career for the Vikings helping pave the way for Adrian Peterson.
OL: Louis Vasquez, San Diego Chargers (Texas Tech)
Vasquez was the only rookie starter for the Chargers in 2009, and he's started all 34 games of his career. He already established himself as one of his division's top linemen.
Come back later this week when we tackle the defense.
Who would you have on the team?