Colleague Mel Kiper is counting down his top five at each position looking ahead to next year's NFL draft, and tackled the wide receivers and defensive ends first. You'll need Insider to see the full post, but a couple Big 12 players made his list.
No surprise: Texas' Jackson Jeffcoat showed up on his list of defensive ends, but all the way down at No. 5. There's going to be no dethroning No. 1 pick and slam dunk Jadeveon Clowney between now and next year, but I'm surprised to see Jeffcoat quite that low. Here's betting he makes a jump between now and next April before the draft. Kiper's biggest knock right now is that Jeffcoat has been "good" but not great, and has relied too much on his quickness relative to his size, rather than developing his technique.
Fair point. Jeffcoat's got a lot to prove in 2013.
I'm surprised to see Tevin Reese be Kiper's lone Big 12 player on his list of receiver. The position has been so stacked in the Big 12 for the last five years or so (Hey there, Michael Crabtree, Ryan Broyles, Justin Blackmon and Tavon Austin!), it feels like a really week class this season.
Reese is at the bottom of Kiper's "Next up" section, but that feels a bit too high. Reese is a great player, but I wouldn't be shocked to see him not be the Bears' leading receiver. The safe bet is he will be, but at just 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, he's got to do a bit more to convince NFL teams to take him, despite being undersized.