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Big 12 roundtable: Previewing the NFL draft

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Journey To The Draft: Kevin White (0:46)

Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down some of the strengths and weaknesses of West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White. (0:46)

In this week's Big 12 roundtable, we preview the NFL draft and predict how the first round will shake out for the Big 12:

Where will West Virginia WR Kevin White land?

Jake Trotter: White could go as high as No. 3 to Jacksonville, which needs to consider giving second-year QB Blake Bortles a true No. 1 receiver. But I think White will end up going 10th overall to St. Louis. Oakland at No. 4 is a possibility; so is Chicago at No. 7. But I get the sense the Raiders will select Alabama WR Amari Cooper, and that the Bears will address one of their defensive holes with their first pick. The Rams would be delighted if White fell to them at 10. They've coveted a No. 1 WR for years. And in White, they would finally get such a player.

Brandon Chatmon: Jacksonville or Oakland look like potential landing spots, but both teams could find it hard to pass up the defensive talent on the board at No. 3 and No. 4. Thus White could find himself landing with the Rams at No. 10 or the Vikings at No. 11. Minnesota could be the ideal fit for White with a young quarterback already in place in Teddy Bridgewater. As a top 10 talent, the former WVU standout probably won’t like falling out of the top 10, but it may be a better fit.

Max Olson: I think the Chicago Bears at No. 7 makes sense for White, and they've expressed interest in him throughout the draft process. You look at the Bears' roster right now and their options for a No. 2 wide receiver are currently Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson. White could step in as a starter and make a significant impact from the get-go in Chicago.

Where will fellow Big 12 first-round hopeful Texas DT Malcom Brown wind up?

Trotter: Assuming the Browns add a WR with the 12th selection, it will be interesting to see if they come back and get a DT with the 19th pick. Washington run-stuffer Danny Shelton could be gone by that point, leaving Brown as a possibility. But for some reason -- and don't me ask why -- I think the Browns will do something goofy, paving the way for Detroit to grab its long-term replacement for Ndamukong Suh with the 23rd pick.

Chatmon: The Cincinnati Bengals should be thrilled if Brown falls to them at No. 21. Several teams above them could consider Brown, particularly the Browns and 49ers, but the Bengals could decide to upgrade their defensive interior and Brown might be the best bet on the board. If the Bengals pass, I fully expect the Lions to snap Brown up two picks later. I’d be shocked if he falls into the late 20s.

Olson: Our NFL Nation reporters had Brown going No. 31 to New Orleans in their mock on Monday. I just can't see him waiting that long to hear his name called on Thursday. He's one of the safest picks in the draft, in my opinion, and if Brown falls past Detroit at No. 23 -- an organization that badly needs new blood at defensive tackle -- I wonder if another team would trade up. I'm sure he'd be OK with heading to a playoff team, but I think Brown still goes at or before 23.

Who will be the third Big 12 player to go off the board?

Trotter: With so much attention being paid to quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, Baylor's Bryce Petty has quietly been under the radar. But make no mistake, the teams that need a QB and don't have one of the top-two picks, have Petty circled as a possibility in the second round. Last year, second-rounder Derek Carr outperformed the top two QBs taken -- Bortles and Johnny Manziel. Petty offers similar appeal and similar potential, which will make him the third Big 12 player to go off the board, likely early in Round 2.

Chatmon: The physical gifts of Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips will be too tough for teams to ignore. I fully expect him to land late in Round 1 as teams drool over his measurables. Phillips remains one of the draft’s mysterious figures as he could perform like a top 10 pick or cost people their jobs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions grab Phillips to replace Suh or someone else in the late first round thinks the potential reward outweighs the risk with Philips. I’d be pretty surprised if he’s not the third Big 12 player off the board.

Olson: The guy I'll be fascinated to watch this weekend will be Dorial Green-Beckham. Is he one of the three most talented players from the Big 12 in this draft? You bet. But it's hard to predict how far he'll fall because you just don't know how NFL teams will evaluate his character and the trouble he got into at Missouri. You wonder if his stint at Oklahoma helped much or if scouts are still too skeptical. I don't think it would be an outrage to see DGB go third among Big 12 prospects. It only takes one organization believing in him.