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The Big 12's Nightmare Draft

The Big 12 had its worse draft ever. Even Mike Reinfeldt and Jeff Fisher think so. It took 36 selections before the second Big 12 player was drafted. This is from a conference with four of Top 10 in the final AP rankings. Pathetic.

Powerhouse programs like Troy, Vanderbilt, Delaware, and Tennessee State had picks before anyone from the Big 12 was selected. God kills a blue hen every time that happens.

Alabama, on the other hand, had no one drafted for the first time since 1970. Bear Bryant rolled over in his grave and then tipped his houndstooth to Saban.

Big 12 First Round Selections - 1 - Aqib Talib #20
USC First Round Selections - 4 - Sedrick Ellis 7, Keith Rivers 9, Sam Baker 21, Lawrence Jackson 28

Next Three Big 12 Players Selected:
Jordy Nelson, Kansas St. WR/KR at Pick 36 by Green Bay
Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma LB at Pick 37 by Atlanta
Jordon Dizon, Colorado LB at Pick 45 by Detroit

Drafted Players by Conference (per college in parentheses):
Pac 10: 34 (3.4)
SEC: 35 (2.9)
ACC: 34 (2.8)
Big 10: 28 (2.5)
Big 12: 29 (2.4)

Biggest Big 12 Names Not Drafted:
Adarius Bowman
Todd Blythe
Sam Keller
Derek Lokey
Maurice Purify
DJ Wolfe

Early Entrants from Conference:
Aqib Talib #20
Curtis Lofton #37
Malcolm Kelly #51
Martellus Bennett #61
Jamaal Charles #73
Reggie Smith #75
Jermicheal Finley #91
Anthony Collins #112

Breakdown by Teams:
Texas 5 (10-3)
Texas A&M 5 (7-6)
Kansas 4 (12-1)
Oklahoma 4 (11-3)
Nebraska 3 (5-7)
Colorado 2 (6-7)
Iowa State 2 (3-9)
Missouri 2 (12-2)
Kansas State 2 (5-7)

Bill Little's Texas Draft Notes:

The 2008 class consisted of WR Limas Sweed (53rd overall, second round, Pittsburgh), RB Jamaal Charles (73rd overall, third round, Kansas City), TE Jermichael Finley (91st overall, third round, Green Bay), OT Tony Hills (130th overall, fourth round, Pittsburgh) and DT Frank Okam (151st overall, fifth round, Houston).

Mack Brown has now had at least one player selected in 23 straight NFL drafts, including a total of 38 draft picks at Texas.

This is the third straight draft where Texas had five or more players taken.

Also, today, the following former Texas Longhorns players signed UFA contracts: CB Brandon Foster with the Colts, S Marcus Griffin and WR Nate Jones with the Vikings, and DT Derek Lokey with the Kansas City Chiefs.

KC just improved an already great haul.