Friday, May 3, 2013
Looking ahead to the Big 12's 2014 draft
By David Ubben
Colleague Todd McShay released his first list of the top 32 prospects in the 2014 draft, which is only, oh, about 12 months away.
This list will certainly change once the season arrives, and even more once it ends and the pre-draft process begins, but only one Big 12 player officially made the list -- and it's not the one I expected.
TCU cornerback Jason Verrett checks in at No. 25 on the list, and that's no big surprise. McShay notes that at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, he's a bit undersized for the position, but in a league with tons of elite wideouts like the Big 12, he impressed with his ability to cover guys like Tavon Austin, Terrance Williams, Stedman Bailey, and others.
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk is on McShay's list of 10 guys to watch just outside the top 32, but my big question is this: Where's Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat? Perhaps his injury issues have hurt his stock, but if he has a big season (and he obviously can), I'll be shocked if he doesn't go in the top 10.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder is the most athletically gifted pass-rusher in the league (apologies to Devonte Fields), but missed the second half of last season with a torn pectoral, missed games with an ankle injury during a big freshman debut, and missed just one game in 2011.
Still, the NFL draft is all about upside, so I'm surprised to see him omitted. Here's betting he's not off the list for long.