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2015 Big 12 recruiting draft: Round 1

In the NFL draft, the league’s worst teams are rewarded with the best chance to draft future stars. In college football, that’s simply not the case. So on the eve of the NFL draft, we’re bringing back a fun feature from last year.

What if Big 12 teams had to acquire newcomers via a draft instead of recruiting? Our three-round Big 12 mock draft experiment is ready to commence.

Any recruit who signed with a Big 12 school in 2015 is eligible to be selected, and the draft order reflects the 2014 standings. Jake Trotter is drafting for Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Baylor, Brandon Chatmon is picking for Iowa State, Oklahoma, Kansas State and TCU and Max Olson will make the selections for Kansas, Texas Tech and Texas.

Here’s Round 1 of our draft. We’ll unveil Round 2 on Thursday and Friday.

1. Iowa State: QB Jarrett Stidham

Signed with: Baylor

Brandon Chatmon: The Cyclones need a quarterback of the future and Stidham is the guy. The No. 37 player in the ESPN 300 has the ability to make defenses pay with his arm or legs yet still has plenty of room to grow as a quarterback. He’s the ideal pick as Paul Rhoads looks to take the Cyclones to a different level.

2. Kansas: WR Dede Westbrook

Signed with: Oklahoma

Max Olson: There's probably no wrong answer for Kansas, a team that needs help everywhere. But David Beaty's air attack is going to need a go-to wide receiver, and KU graduated all of its top pass-catchers. Westbrook would be a game-changer right away for the Jayhawks.

3. Texas Tech: DT Breiden Fehoko

Signed with: Texas Tech

Olson: Would Tech actually take Fehoko over Malik Jefferson? That's a tough call, maybe a toss-up. I'll go with Fehoko here because Tech's struggling run D makes him a needed take, and he has a college-ready body at 6-foot-3 and 287 pounds as well as a lot of passion for the Red Raiders. You can't pass on a legacy who's also a top-100 recruit.

4. Oklahoma State: RB Chris Carson

Signed with: Oklahoma State

Jake Trotter: After losing Desmond Roland to graduation and Tyreek Hill to dismissal, Oklahoma State desperately needed to add a ready-to-go running back. Days before signing day, the Cowboys landed just that in Carson, who flipped his commitment from Georgia. Texas’ Chris Warren was also a strong consideration here. But Carson got the nod, since his age should help him step in on Day 1.

5. West Virginia: LB Malik Jefferson

Signed with: Texas

Trotter: Linebacker isn’t necessarily a position of immediate need for the Mountaineers, but it’s difficult to pass on the top-rated player on the board. West Virginia has stockpiled young talent on the defensive side in the likes of Dravon Henry and Daryl Worley. The addition of Jefferson would give the Mountaineers a young difference-making linebacker to go along with a stellar secondary.

6. Texas: CB Holton Hill

Signed with: Texas

Olson: The Longhorns, heartbroken by losing out on Jefferson, would have to pick Hill. Cornerback is a major need and there's a lot to like about Hill, who offers ideal size (6-foot-2), long arms and big production (11 INTs as a senior). He's going to make a difference early in his career.

7. Oklahoma: CB P.J. Mbanasor

Signed with: Oklahoma

Chatmon: The Sooners need major help in the secondary and Mbanasor is a great fit. OU’s 2014 struggles were rooted in the inability to cover Big 12 receivers. The Sooners defense likes to be aggressive but it can’t when receivers are running through the secondary with ease. Mbanasor should help address that problem.

8. Kansas State: QB John Kolar

Signed with: Oklahoma State

Chatmon: While he’s not in Jake Waters’ class as a runner, Kolar could be a good fit for Kansas State’s offense. He’s a dual threat with the ability to run yet he also has the ability to attack defenses with his arm. With the Wildcats searching for a quarterback the No. 72 player in the ESPN 300 is a no-brainer at No. 8.

9. TCU: LB Anthony Wheeler

Signed with: Texas

Chatmon: A sideline-to-sideline playmaker, Wheeler would slot right into Gary Patterson’s defense. He can stop the run, rush the passer or drop in coverage, making him a good fit for TCU’s defense. Yet he still is relatively raw with room to grow. Sounds like a perfect fit for Patterson’s program.

10. Baylor: CB Rasul Douglas

Signed with: West Virginia

Trotter: What do you get the girl that has everything? Well, almost everything. How about an immediate impact junior college cornerback who had offers from the likes of Florida State and Tennessee? Whether he pushed for a starting role or contributed as a third cornerback, Douglas could boost a Baylor secondary that had problems staying with receivers last season.