The 2020 NFL Draft is over 250 days away, but it’s never too early to begin preparing. This summer to prepare you for both the NFL Draft and college football season, the Armchair Scout column will be putting out 2020 NFL Draft preseason all-conference teams. These teams are purely from an NFL Draft aspect and will only include draft-eligible players. On top of that, they’ll be running alongside Armchair’s NFL Draft podcast, Seven Rounds in Heaven, and their “Summer Scouting Series” episodes. Those episodes are going conference by conference and looking at the top 2020 NFL Draft prospects. Find the Pac-12 all-conference team here and the Group of 5 all-conference team here.
The Big 12 has produced some of the most exciting offenses over the last few college football seasons. They’ve also given us the last two Heisman winners and #1 picks in the NFL Draft in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. It’s unlikely they make it three top picks in a row, but the Big 12 is once again stacked with NFL talent. Some of the best pass-catchers in the country reside in the Big 12, they’ve got a handful of interesting offensive linemen, and some sleepers on defense. These are the 2020 NFL Draft prospects to pay attention to this college football season in the Big 12!
QB- Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma, Sr (6-1, 219)
- Oklahoma once again has a high profile transfer running Lincoln Riley’s offense at QB. Unlike Mayfield and Murray, Jalen Hurts is far from a first-round NFL talent. He’s gotten a lot of flack in his young career, but Hurts could legitimately be an NFL QB prospect come April. Although he didn’t play a ton at Alabama last season, he showed clear improvements. If his mechanics and footwork continue to improve this season it should help his overall accuracy. At the end of the day, Hurts is an impressive athlete with great leadership skills and at minimum, he’ll put up numbers in Riley’s system at Oklahoma.
Second Team: Sam Ehlinger, Texas
Third Team: Charlie Brewer, Baylor
RB- Trey Sermon, Oklahoma, Jr (6-0, 224)
- The last few years Oklahoma has been known for their passing attack, but 2019 could be different. With Hurts at QB and Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks at RB, they could be one of the best rushing attacks in college football. It starts with Sermon. He should finally get to star in the backfield. His size, effort, and power make him one of the toughest RBs to bring down in the country. Sermon isn’t the same athlete as some of the other top RBs in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he’s going to be a nice fit in a power scheme with his contact balance and inside instincts.
Second Team: Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma
Third Team: James Gilbert, Kansas State
RB- Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State, RS So (6-0, 207)
- Now that Justice Hill is in the NFL it’s Chuba Hubbard time in Stillwater. Hubbard flashed a ton as a redshirt freshman last season and this year he should see a lot more touches. The Canadian has impressive quickness and catches the ball naturally out of the backfield. This year it will be important to see improved vision and burst to finish plays, but his contact balance and elusiveness standout. If Hubbard can add some weight and power, the NFL will start to view him as a potential starting RB at the next level.
Like what I’m seeing from Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard. Very smooth runner with impressive contact balance. Catches the ball well too and best of all he’s Canadian. pic.twitter.com/g4XYQoUmqU
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) July 7, 2019
Second Team: Sewo Olonilua, TCU
Third Team: Martell Pettaway, West Virginia
AP- Jalen Reagor, TCU, Jr (5-11, 195)
- Playmakers like TCU’s Jalen Reagor have never been more valuable in the NFL. Undersized WRs with elite explosiveness, crisp route running, and the ability to make plays after the catch are as popular as ever. Reagor has all the tools to be a first-round pick. He’s got blazing speed, elusiveness in the open field, and can win off the line with his releases. Reagor’s YAC ability also makes him a constant threat on gadget plays. In a creative NFL offense, Reagor is going to be one of the most exciting weapons in the league. If he can clean up some concentration drops then it will be hard not to have him as a top-five WR in the 2020 NFL Draft.
TCU WR Jalen Reagor is one of the most dangerous weapons in the country. He’s so smooth and explosive. Can stretch the field or make YAC plays. Potential 1st round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/7S6QzihAgZ
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) July 31, 2019
Second Team: Darius Anderson, TCU
Third Team: JaMycal Hasty, Baylor
WR- CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma, Jr (6-1, 203)
- Most years a WR of CeeDee Lamb’s talent would be the top prospect at the position. It just so happens the 2020 NFL Draft might have the best WR group in years. Although he’s not on Jerry Jeudy’s level, Lamb is close. He’s a terrific route runner with the speed to separate, elite hands, and the best body control in the country. There are times he looks like DeAndre Hopkins… he’s that impressive. As an added bonus Lamb is one of the best blocking WR prospects you’ll ever, just ask Mack Wilson. There’s no real hole in Lamb’s game and he’s an early top 10 prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Second Team: Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Third Team: Devin Duvernay, Texas
WR- Collin Johnson, Texas, Sr (6-5, 220)
- With all the talent at WR in the Big 12 this final slot was close. It was hard to pick such a polarizing prospect in Collin Johnson over Tylan Wallace. Both could be top 50 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Johnson is going to have haters because he’s not a great route runner and he struggles to separate downfield, unsurprising for a receiver of his size. What Johnson does do at an elite level is win 50/50 balls. He’s a contested-catch freak and thrives at making plays through contact. Johnson can be a top WR prospect if he continues to improve his route running as a senior and keeps winning downfield despite a lack of separation speed.
Texas WR Collin Johnson is a name to watch for the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s raw, but the size, athleticism, and catch radius are impressive. pic.twitter.com/mNGvkD9FJu
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) May 2, 2019
Second Team: Denzel Mims, Baylor
Third Team: TJ Simmons, West Virginia
TE- Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma, Jr (6-4, 221)
- The 2020 TE class won’t be nearly as deep as the 2019 class, but there are some intriguing prospects. Grant Calcaterra is one of those prospects. He’s one of about five TEs in the country who’s got a chance to be TE1 in the 2020 NFL Draft. Right now though, Calcaterra is more of a jumbo WR than a TE. He plays predominantly in the slot and is rarely asked to block. He has great hands and a large catch radius to go along with his ability to separate downfield. In the right scheme, he can be an impressive NFL playmaker. Right now he needs to focus on adding weight and strength to improve as a blocker.
Wonderful touch throw from Kyler Murray here to put it in Grant Calcaterra’s bread basket. Murray drops it with perfect placement where only his guy has a shot at the ball. pic.twitter.com/YyZPusurny
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 3, 2019
Second Team: TJ Vasher, Texas Tech (WR)
Third Team: Deshaunte Jones, Iowa State (WR)
OT- Lucas Niang, TCU, Sr (6-6, 328)
- It’s not going to be a great year for senior OT, but the guy to pound the table for plays right tackle at TCU. The first thing you’ll notice with Lucas Niang is his impressive length, the NFL is going to love his size and reach. On the field, he’s a physical run blocker who is powerful at the point of attack. He’s got the athleticism to get up to LBs and is smart with attacking angles. Niang needs to become more consistent with his footwork to improve in pass protection. On a positive note in pass pro, he uses his length well and has a strong base and anchor.
Second Team: Terence Steele, Texas Tech
Third Team: Travis Bruffy, Texas Tech
OT- Scott Frantz, Kansas State, RS Sr (6-5, 303)
- Last season Dalton Risner was the big name on the Kansas State O-line attracting attention, this season it could be the guy who was playing OT across from him, Scott Frantz. Frantz isn’t a slam-dunk prospect by any means, but he’s safe. Frantz projects better as a guard in the NFL due to his lack of athleticism and length. What he does well is he moves people in the run game and finishes every snap. He’s a mean run blocker with strong hand use and enough quickness to get to the second level. Right now he’s just too raw in pass protection to be seen as an NFL OT.
Second Team: Samuel Cosmi, Texas
Third Team: Bryce Meeker, Iowa State
OG- Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas, Sr (6-4, 310)
- Kansas football might suck, but at least they hired Les Miles for entertainment purposes. On the other hand, their left tackle Hakeem Adeniji is a legit NFL prospect. If he kicks into guard in the NFL, he has the potential to play for a while in the league. Adeniji is a solid pass blocker with good hand placement and a strong anchor. In the run game, he makes up for some athletic shortcomings with physicality and an edge. For Adeniji to help his stock this season he’ll need to clean up his pass sets and play with better leverage.
Second Team: Julian Good-Jones, Iowa State
Third Team: Tyler Mitchell, Kansas State
OG- Parker Braun, Texas, Sr (6-2, 280)
- There’s no harder preseason draft evaluation in the Big 12 than Parker Braun. Braun spent the past three seasons at Georgia Tech in the triple option offense. In the triple option, he was rarely asked to pass block, his lack of size was never a concern, and it’s just hard to project that scheme to the NFL. Now Braun is at Texas and reportedly added size and should be starting at left guard. At Georgia Tech he was consistently dominating as a run blocker with his elite quickness and understand of attacking angles. At Texas he’ll need to show he can pass block and play with more power or the NFL won’t be interested.
Excited to see what former Georgia Tech LG Parker Braun (#75) does at Texas. Moves so well and does a great job getting to the second level and finishing the play. Transition from the triple option will be interesting. pic.twitter.com/8e8gQnZ7rN
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) August 5, 2019
Second Team: Josh Knipfel, Iowa State
Third Team: Josh Sills, West Virginia
C- Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma, RS So (6-4, 325)
- Get ready for a rare center class in the 2020 NFL Draft. Oklahoma had four offensive linemen drafted in the first four rounds on the 2019 NFL Draft and Creed Humphrey was better than all of them. He had as impressive a redshirt freshman year as you’ll see from a center. Humphrey is one mean SOB who controlled the run game at OU with his elite power. He’s going to be a first-round pick for a power scheme looking for a Travis Frederick type of center. In pass protection, his hands are like vice grips and with his perfect hand placement he’s not going to give up much. This is the guy who gave Quinnen Williams all he could handle in 2019.
Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey (#56) is the real deal. Sees the LB shooting the gap, comes off the double, and body slams him into the ground to help spring a massive TD run. pic.twitter.com/7z4XhMZQ6E
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 30, 2019
Second Team: Adam Holtorf, Kansas State
Third Team: Zack Shackelford, Texas
EDGE- Mark Jackson Jr., Oklahoma, Sr (6-1, 240)
- The Big 12 doesn’t have very much pass rush talent. Mark Jackson Jr. is by far the most interesting pass rusher in the conference at this point. He plays a hybrid edge-linebacker role for the Sooners. In the NFL he’ll need to be used in a specific way because of his lack of size. The reason he’s on here is for his explosive first step and bend. He’s got the ability to win as a speed rusher and the NFL will like that about his game. Jackson Jr. needs to add strength and do more as a run defender if he wants to be drafted.
Second Team: Malcolm Roach, Texas
Third Team: Kenneth Mann, Oklahoma
IDL- Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma, RS Sr (6-2, 330)
- There’s one defensive line prospect in the Big 12 who is bigger and better than the rest. His name is Neville Gallimore aka Big Canada aka the Canadian Bulldozer and he’s a freak. Gallimore is a massive man with big-time athleticism, he was a member of Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List this year. The NFL is going to love his power and heavy hands. As the Sooners nose tackle Gallimore has a devastating bull rush to go with his explosive get off. This isn’t your father’s nose tackle. He’s more than a space-eater, he’s a twitched up pass rusher. Gallimore has the potential to be a top 50 selection if he can refine his pass-rush ability and be more consistent snap to snap.
Second Team: Corey Bethley, TCU
Third Team: Bravvion Roy, Baylor
IDL- James Lynch, Baylor, Jr (6-4, 285)
- After Gallimore, there’s not a ton of talent on the interior defensive line in the Big 12. One guy to watch is James Lynch. He flashed last year as a true sophomore with his ability vs. the run. Lynch wins in the run game with leverage and a strong anchor. Playing a 5-Tech role is where he’s at his best. Athletically he’s nothing special and doesn’t add a ton as a pass rusher. He needs to build his pass rush repertoire, too often he relies on a bull and has no counter. Lynch could carve out an NFL role if he develops over the next season or two at Baylor.
Second Team: Broderick Washington Jr., Texas Tech
Third Team: Ray Lima, Iowa State
EDGE- Reggie Walker, Kansas State, RS Sr (6-2, 250)
- There’s a handful of guys who could be in this spot and none of them are overly impressive. Reggie Walker is here because of his flashes as a pass rusher. There are times when he wins with physical hand fighting and leverage. Ultimately he lacks NFL athleticism on the edge and doesn’t have the size or power to make up for it. Too often he’s washed in the run game to make an impact there at the next level.
Second Team: JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State
Third Team: Reese Donahue, West Virginia
LB- Caleb Kelly, Oklahoma
- They say nobody plays defense in the Big 12 and that might be true, but Oklahoma has a lot of potential this year. With Alex Grinch taking over as DC get ready to see the Sooners making plays. One of the guys who should see his stock rise majorly is Caleb Kelly. Kelly is a former big recruit and finally saw major snaps last season. Oklahoma used Kelly in an overhang role a ton last season to combat spread offenses. Thanks to his size and athleticism, he thrived matching up over slots and made splash plays down the stretch. If Kelly can be a more consistent tackler this season he should be a hot defensive name to watch in the Big 12. The NFL will like his skill set as a WILL.
Oklahoma deploys LB Caleb Kelly (#19) in an overhang role. Moves really well for a solidly built LB. Love his aggressiveness coming downhill. pic.twitter.com/vnXNl2bezG
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) July 11, 2019
Second Team: Elijah Sullivan, Kansas State
Third Team: Marcel Spears Jr., Iowa State
LB- Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma, Jr (6-1, 238)
- The LB everybody will be talking about in the Big 12 is tackling machine Kenneth Murray. Murray was all over the field for Oklahoma last season with his range, motor, and aggressiveness. Those are three huge things to have at LB in today’s NFL. For Murray to truly reach his potential as a top 50 prospect he’ll need to clean up a lot of things this season. It starts with not playing over aggressive football, that often led to miss tackles for him last season. He also needs to improve his instincts and do less guessing, if his instincts don’t improve the NFL will likely see him as a WILL and not a MIKE. All the tools are there with Murray, now under Grinch, he just needs to put them together.
Second Team: Da’Quan Patton, Kansas State
Third Team: Jordan Williams, Baylor
LB- Innis Gaines, TCU (DB), Sr (6-1, 203)
- Honestly, there’s not much else at LB in the Big 12 outside of Kelly and Murray so we’re cheating here. Innis Gaines is going to be called a safety in the NFL and for TCU he’s their LB-DB hybrid playing the vast majority of his snaps in an overhang role. Gaines had a strong start to the 2018 season against Ohio State, but got injured and played in only six games. In 2019 he’ll need to continue to show his physical tackling style, but improve in coverage. He’s solid in zone with his instincts and has clean footwork. In man, his tight hips can get exposed and his lack of top-end speed is evident. Gaines has the tools to be an NFL strong safety.
Second Team: Clay Johnston, Baylor
Third Team: Blake Lynch, Baylor
CB- Jeff Gladney, TCU, RS Sr (6-0, 183)
- Another Big 12 player on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List this year is Jeff Gladney. Gladney is also one of the best senior CB prospects in the country. He’s a big reason TCU has one of the best defenses in the conference. Not only is he an elite athlete, but he’s tenacious and physical. Against the much bigger Hakeem Butler, last season Gladney handled him. His speed, footwork, and ball skills make him a strong man coverage CB. While his instincts, explosiveness, and demeanor make him just as good in zone. Gladney does need to be a more consistent tackler, but the physical tools are there for him to start in the NFL.
Second Team: Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State
Third Team: Keith Washington Jr., West Virginia
NB- Tre Brown, Oklahoma, Jr (5-10, 182)
- Tre Brown, remember the name. Brown might not have much draft hype outside of Norman, Oklahoma, but he’s the real deal. He wasn’t a full-time starter last year as a sophomore, but that will change. Against Baylor in 2018 Brown came in and gave future NFL WR Denzel Mims all he could handle. Brown is a gifted athlete who plays much bigger than he’s listed. He’s not afraid to be physical and consistently fights through WRs to make plays. Brown just needs more playing time to refine his technique and improve his footwork.
Oklahoma CB Tre Brown sticking to Denzel Mims and getting the PBU. Brown could be one of the best DB prospects in the Big 12 this season. pic.twitter.com/Iy1hmbQ0v3
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) August 4, 2019
Second Team: Parnell Motley, Oklahoma
Third Team: Josh Norwood, West Virginia
S- Brandon Jones, Texas, Sr (6-0, 210)
- Everybody already knows Grant Delpit is the best safety in the country, but the second-best safety plays in the Big 12. If Brandon Jones declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, he would have been a Day 2 pick. Now he’s back as a senior and a great season could help him go in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Jones is complete safety. He’s one of the best and most physical tacklers in the country and dominates vs. the run. In coverage, he can play single-high, two deep, or come down to nickel. He’s got the size and athleticism to play wherever he’s asked in the NFL. To help his stock this year he needs to improve his ball skills and instincts in coverage.
Second Team: Chris Miller, Baylor
Third Team: Bryce Torneden, Kansas
S- Greg Eisworth, Iowa State, RS Jr (5-11, 198)
- Iowa State might have the best defense schematically in the conference despite not having any star prospects. One prospect to watch this season is safety Greg Eisworth. He’s not an elite athlete nor is he physically imposing, but he’s the guy who pops the most on tape. Eisworth’s instincts and physicality as a tackler are always flashing. At the very least he’s got the tools to be a strong special teams player. If he improves in coverage this season his stock will rise.
Second Team: Denzel Goolsby, Kansas State
Third Team: Malcolm Rodriguez, Oklahoma State
CB- AJ Green, Oklahoma State, Sr (6-1, 190)
- No, he’s not as good as the Bengals AJ Green, but Oklahoma State’s AJ Green will also be playing on Sundays. Green is another top senior CB prospect in the country. He’s long and rangy with man coverage ability. His size is what the NFL is looking for in today’s game. With his press-man mirroring ability, ball skills, and speed, Green could shoot up the board this season. As a senior, he’ll need to show more fluid hips and improved instincts in zone. The NFL is also going to want to see him do more as a tackler.
Second Team: Hasan Defense, Kansas
Third Team: Adrian Frye, Texas Tech
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