Just like receivers, linebackers across the Big 12 are dealing with a major NFL drain. Arthur Brown, Jake Knott and A.J. Klein are gone, but I'm surprised to see a few names missing.
Oklahoma State's Shaun Lewis tops that list. The Big 12 would need a breakout season to place a linebacker on the list of finalists, but Texas' Jordan Hicks may finish the year as the Big 12's best linebacker after missing much of 2012 with injury.
Texas A&M's Von Miller won the award in 2010, but I'd expect a quiet year from the Big 12 linebackers. The last time a Big 12 linebacker from a current Big 12 school won the trophy was Texas' Derrick Johnson, all the way back in 2004.