2022 NFL Draft: Best Picks of All-Time From Every Big 12 School

Who are the Big 12’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each Big 12 program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from every Big 12 program? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


The current Big 12 programs have more than their share of good all-time NFL players and draft picks, but the superstars aren’t there compared to the other top leagues. Even so, who are the Big 12’s best NFL draft selections of all-time?

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the Big 12 schools – these are the best draft picks.

That means that guys who had great careers for someone other than the teams that drafted them don’t get a whole lot of love, or aren’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters over one short burst of greatness.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: Big 12 Spring Version 2022

Big 12 spring football rankings, lookaheads, and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

Big 12 college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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Good luck trying to figure out the Big 12 pecking order.

Kansas is still likely going to be near the bottom, but it’s better.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are likely going to be near the top, but there are concerns.

With coaching changes, big transfer portal moves, two schools starting to pack things up for the SEC – or, at least, wanting to – and underperforming teams from 2021 – Texas, TCU, Iowa State – all potentially good enough to crank up far better seasons, this is going to be fun.

Before diving into the nuts and bolts of each team with our team-by-team Preview 2022, here’s the spring version quick look, prediction, and ranking of each Big 12 team.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

Big 12 Needs To Keep Expanding: 22 Thoughts For 2022, No. 15

The Big 12 lost its two stars and made up for it with a smart expansion move. Now it needs to do more. 22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 15

22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 15: The Big 12 made some great moves after losing Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC. Now it needs to do more.


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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022

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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers

15. Big 12, get bigger, better, stronger, or else …

The Big 12 adding BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF was great – it should’ve done that ten years ago, and added USF, too – but it’s not replacing Oklahoma and Texas with those four.

It’s not going to Moneyball its way past losing Damon and Giambi without doing a whole lot more to not only strengthen the conference, but to have an overall contingency plan.

The Big 12 is in a strange place – and yeah, I sort of mean the middle part of the country, because geographically it’s able to draw on other schools that make sense for the league … and for other conferences to pick off its members.

Basketball-wise the Big 12 is a rock star even without the two monster football Oklahoma and Texas programs, but football pays the bills.

Thumping the chest about Kansas, Baylor, and the last two basketball national titles is awesome, but who’s the football powerhouse? Oklahoma State? Baylor? Iowa State? Eventually BYU and Cincinnati? No, there isn’t one at the high-end SEC or Big Ten levels.

There’s a reason why the Big 12 is more than happy to dive into the College Football Playoff expansion idea. A Big 12 champion would almost always be in, and so would a 10-2 team that would likely be 8-4 or 6-6 in the SEC or Big Ten. A weaker Power Five football conference isn’t necessarily a bad thing in an expanded CFP.

On the plus side, that lack of any monster football programs will temper the expansion interests of other conferences, but soon the basketball side of the Big 12 is going to play a role.

There’s one giant whale out there that’s been eerily quiet.

The Big Ten can’t pick off schools from the ACC – that’s for a later rant; the ACC contracts are way too tough to get out of – and it’s not going to start sniffing around the Pac-12. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of options.

No, Kansas isn’t great at football – neither are Rutgers and Maryland. The Big Ten expanded the last time around because it wanted a footprint for the Big Ten Network – among other things – in the New York/New Jersey area and in Baltimore/Washington DC. As I’ll keep reiterating through all this expansion talk, the Big Ten wants THE school in a state.

It wants the massive big state Tier 1 research schools, and there are only a handful of them who might be available.

The University of Kansas is one – by the way, the rest of the Big 12 schools are Tier 1 other than TCU and, from the new batch, BYU – and yeah, it just won the national championship in basketball, and yeah, it helps to bring in the Kansas City and St. Louis markets, and yeah, it’s an easy and natural rival for Nebraska, Iowa, and most of the Big Ten West.

If you’re the Pac-12, there are only so many places you can go, too, without simply taking over the Mountain West. For a conference that likes basketball – even more than football in some ways – Kansas might start to look a whole lot better.

Most of the Big 12 schools have to be in a discussion at some Tuesday afternoon meeting in George Kliavkov’s office.


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Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma 
Oklahoma State | TCU | Texas | Texas Tech | West Virginia


To keep hammering this home, there’s a prestige in having the University of (insert state name here), which is why West Virginia might have some interest for the ACC, but that’s likely low on the Big 12’s lists of concerns at the moment.

But let’s say everyone is standing pat and the current Big 12 configuration for a few years from now is solid. Again, what else you got, Big 12, football-wise? How can the conference learn from the Oklahoma and Texas blindside and go on the offensive?

USF should be part of the future plans – the Tampa market and huge enrollment helps – but there’s one big move the Big 12 can make that would make too much sense – beat the Pac-12 to the Mountain West punch.

Not to sound all geopolitical, but by landing BYU there’s a bridge that works for the Big 12 to expand west.

If the Big 12 wants to fire a shot across the bow, grab UNLV – Las Vegas is going to be to the Pac-12 what Indianapolis is to the Big Ten and Atlanta is to the SEC – or Nevada. Colorado State works awfully well – by the way, Nevada, UNLV and Colorado State are Tier 1 research schools – and then if it really wants to make some noise …

Nab San Diego State and that market and that basketball team and that football program with its shiny new stadium before the Pac-12 figures out that the school is a perfect fit – other than the Tier 1 research part.

Oh, and one more move that makes way too much sense. You’re missing a football powerhouse, Big 12? How about North Dakota State? Tier 1 research school, insane rabid base, and …

I know I’m getting way off the rails here.

Let’s give credit to a Big 12 that was considered all but dead by some after losing its two superstar members – and remember, that’s after losing Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas A&M over the last few years, too.

BYU was a fantastic get. So was Cincinnati, so was UCF, so was Houston. The conference is still alive, there’s a great energy around those four new schools coming in, and there’s a chance to keep on growing.

But it’s the world of college athletics. Either you’re eating, or you’re being eaten.

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers

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NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: Elite 8

The CFN expert picks and predictions for the Elite 8 NCAA Tournament games.

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the Elite 8 games


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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Expert Picks
Houston vs Villanova | Duke vs Houston
COMING LATE SATURDAY …
Kansas vs Miami | UNC vs Saint Peter’s
Expert Picks So Far | Tournament Schedule 

NCAA Tournament Elite 8
Houston vs Villanova

Line: Houston -2.5, o/u: 128

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Villanova
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Houston
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Houston
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Villanova
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: Houston
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Houston
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Houston
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Villanova
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Houston
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Villanova
CONSENSUS PICK: Houston

NEXT: Villanova vs Michigan Expert Picks, Predictions

NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: Sweet 16

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the Sweet 16 games * next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover. Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Expert Picks Gonzaga …

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the Sweet 16 games


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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Expert Picks
Gonzaga vs Arkansas | Villanova vs Michigan
Duke vs Texas Tech | Arizona vs Houston
Purdue vs Saint Peter’s | Kansas vs Providence
North Carolina vs UCLA | Miami vs Iowa State
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NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Gonzaga vs Arkansas

Line: Gonzaga -9, o/u: 155

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Gonzaga*
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Gonzaga
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Gonzaga
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Gonzaga
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: Gonzaga*
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Gonzaga*
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Gonzaga
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Gonzaga*
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Gonzaga
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Arkansas
CONSENSUS PICK: Gonzaga*

NEXT: Villanova vs Michigan Expert Picks, Predictions

Miami vs Iowa State Prediction, Game Preview: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

Miami vs Iowa State prediction, NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Friday

Miami vs Iowa State prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 pick and college basketball game preview.


Miami vs Iowa State Game Preview, How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 25
Game Time:
Venue: United Center, Chicago, IL
How To Watch: TBS
Records: Miami (10 seed, 25-10)
Iowa State (11 seed, 22-12)
Region: Midwest

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NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Game Previews

NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Previews: Sweet 16

College basketball schedule, predictions, previews, and how to watch all NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 schedule, predictions, and game previews with all of the game times, lines, and how to watch


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Results So Far Straight Up: 290-121
Against The Spread: 217-185-9; Point Total: 219-189-3
Click on each game for the game preview

Wisconsin vs Iowa State Prediction, Game Preview: NCAA Tournament Second Round

Wisconsin vs Iowa State prediction, NCAA Tournament Second Round game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Sunday

Wisconsin vs Iowa State prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round pick and college basketball game preview.


Wisconsin vs Iowa State Game Preview, How To Watch

Date: Sunday, March 20
Game Time: 6:10 pm
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
How To Watch: TNT
Records: Wisconsin (3 seed, 25-7)
Iowa State (11 seed, 21-12)
Region: Midwest

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NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Game Previews

NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: Second Round Sunday Games

The CFN expert picks and predictions for the Sunday second round NCAA Tournament games.

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the first round Sunday games


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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

NCAA Tournament Second Round: Sunday
Illinois vs Houston | Ohio State vs Villanova
Duke vs Michigan State | Wisconsin vs Iowa State
Notre Dame vs Texas Tech | Auburn vs Miami
Texas vs Purdue | TCU vs Arizona
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NCAA Tournament Second Round
Illinois vs Houston

Line: Houston -4.5, o/u: 133.5

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Illinois
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Illinois
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Houston
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Houston
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: Houston
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Illinois
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Illinois
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Illinois
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Houston*
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Illinois
CONSENSUS PICK: Illinois

NEXT: Ohio State vs Villanova Expert Picks, Predictions

5 Best NCAA Tournament Predictions Against The Spread: First Round Friday

What are the 5 best NCAA Tournament predictions for the first round Friday games?

5 best NCAA Tournament predictions. What are the best bets and plays for the first round Friday games?


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