Big 12: Mel Kiper Jr.

Video: The best team for RG3

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Mel Kiper Jr. says Cleveland is the best fit for Robert Griffin III. Kiper also discusses which QB will be selected third in the NFL draft and players whose stock rose and fell at the NFL combine.

Suh, McCoy top Kiper's latest Big Board

November, 20, 2009
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The Big 12 is expected to have another banner year in next year's NFL draft.

And the early prognosis is that this could be the conference's best season in history in developing top products.

Mel Kiper Jr.'s most recent Big Board reinforces that notion with nine Big 12 players among his top 22 prospects, headed by Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at No. 1 and Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy at No. 2.

No other conference has more than six players on Kiper's list, which is found on ESPN.com's Insider.

The Big 12 set a record last season with seven first-round draft picks. And this season looks like it could be even better for the Big 12.

Here are Big 12 players listed in Kiper's most recent top 25.
  • Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, 1.
  • Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, 2
  • Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, 5
  • Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung, 6
  • Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, 11
  • Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, 18
  • Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle, 20
  • Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, 21
  • Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, 22

The drop in the level of play in the conference can obviously be explained by the fact that Bradford, Gresham and Bryant have been out for all or most of the season with injuries or suspensions.

But it should be a busy night for Big 12 products when first-round selections are made next April. And I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of other Big 12 players sneaked their way into the first round as well.

Kiper's stacks board with Big 12 talent

August, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.'s first Big Board for the 2010 NFL draft reads like a Big 12 all-star team.

Of the 25 players on Kiper's first list, 10 are from Big 12 teams.

Oklahoma has more players than any other school with four selections and Oklahoma State and Texas have two players apiece. The only other teams with two selections include Florida, Mississippi and USC.

The Big 12 stacks the list with five selections among the first nine players on Kiper's list and eight of the first 15.

Here are the Big 12 players and their placement on Kiper's first list.

Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford: 1
Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy: 4
Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh: 5
Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant: 8
Oklahoma T Trent Williams: 9
Texas QB Colt McCoy: 11
Oklahoma State T Russell Okung: 14
Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham: 15
Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon: 20
Texas DE-LB Sergio Kindle: 23

It looks like we could be headed for a banner year for Big 12 talent in the NFL draft. The conference set its record in the 2009 draft when seven players were picked in the first round.

If the players play up to Kiper's projections, it looks like we'll be seeing a lot of Big 12 players at Radio City Music Hall in New York City next April.

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