While the Big 12 Conference continually produces NFL-caliber talent each season, some of the conference’s most talented players can still fly under the radar.
On3’s Matt Zenitz ranked the Top 10 Offensive Players In All Of College Football Who Deserve More NFL Publicity Heading into the season, and on his roster, Zenitz selected four players from the Big 12 Conference. The four notable members are TCU OL Brandon Coleman, Oklahoma OL Tyler Guyton, Houston OL Patrick Paul, and Kansas State TE Ben Sinnott.
Zenitz chose to sort his list in alphabetical order, which resulted in the first name appearing being TCUIt’s Brandon Coleman.
He began by citing the recent history of the Horned Frogs being selected in the NFL Draft, saying, “A TCU offensive lineman was in the top 40 picks in this year’s NFL Draft. It may also happen again next year. Scouts see Coleman as one of the top two-round talents who could perhaps even end up in the first-round conversation. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Coleman switched to left tackle for TCU last year after playing guard in 2021. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection.”
Zenitz then sand praises of the Oklahoma product Tyler Guyton saying, “It could end up being back-to-back years for Oklahoma of having first-round offensive tackles. After Anton Harrison entered the first round this year, Guyton is now a legitimate first-round prospect for next year. At least some scouts already have first-round ratings on Guyton heading into the season even though he has only made five starts in his career as an offensive lineman.” Added Zenitz: “The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Guyton transferred to the Sooners last year after two years at TCU. His only start at TCU was as an H-back in 2021. During that 2021 season, he had a 6-yard touchdown reception against Iowa State. “He’s got all the ability in the world,” Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said in the spring. “One of the most talented guys I’ve ever seen. And we’ve had some pretty talented guys come through here.”
The third Big 12 Conference offensive lineman to appear on the roster came courtesy of one of the newly inducted Big 12 teams, houstonPatrick Paul, of whom Zenitz enthused, saying: “Houston is not lacking in NFL-caliber talent as it transitions to the Big 12. At least some scouts see Paul as one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the draft. next year and as a first-round possibility.The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Paul was a first-team All-AAC left tackle for the Cougars the past two seasons, becoming Houston’s first offensive lineman in “11 years in earning first-team all-conference recognition in back-to-back seasons. Paul’s brother, Chris, was a standout offensive lineman at Tulsa and now plays for the Washington Commanders.”
The last player from the Big 12 Conference to crack the list is the only mentioned Big 12 player of skill. Zenitz chose to break kansas state Tight end Ben Sinnott said: “A product of the same Iowa hometown and high school as Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman, Sinnott has emerged as a potential three-round draft pick after Initially arriving in Manhattan as a walk-on. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Sinnott, who has gained more than 30 pounds since he joined the Wildcats in 2020, was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season and was recently listed as a second-team preseason. – Selection of the conference for this year. Sinnott finished last season with 31 receptions, 447 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He was the most receptions and receiving yards by a Kansas State tight end in 14 years. He also ranked fourth nationally among tight ends averaging 14.4 yards per catch.”
The Big 12 Conference produced six players in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft with Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson, Texas’ Bijan Robinson, Iowa State’s Will McDonald IV, TCU’s Quentin Johnston, Oklahoma’s Anton Harrison and Felix Anudike-Uzomah. from Kansas State, and While the Conference should have more prospects headed for the big leagues in the near future, the above four names have a strong chance of making some waves in the upcoming draft.