There's been some debate, but as the draft inches closer, it's becoming clear: Von Miller looks like he'll be the first player selected from the Big 12.
ESPN draftniks Todd McShay and Mel Kiper agree on that.
But they disagree plenty on the rest of the league. You'll need ESPN Insider to read their full comments, but the draft duo released their three-round mock drafts this week, and here's where the Big 12's players fell:
No. 3 overall: Texas A&M LB Von Miller, to Buffalo
No. 5 overall: Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, to Arizona
No. 18 overall: Missouri DE Aldon Smith, to San Diego
No. 31 overall: Baylor OT Danny Watkins, to Pittsburgh
No. 40 overall: Texas CB Aaron Williams, to Dallas
No. 66 overall: Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter, to Cincinnati
No. 75 overall: Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas, to Detroit
No. 77 overall: Texas CB Curtis Brown, to Tennessee
No. 3 overall: Miller, to Buffalo
No. 5 overall: Gabbert, to Arizona
No. 16 overall: Smith, to Jacksonville
No. 24 overall: Taylor, to New Orleans
No. 31 overall: Williams, to Pittsburgh
No. 33 overall: Watkins, to New England
No. 42 overall: Brown, to Houston
No. 60 overall: Thomas, to New England
No. 80 overall: Oklahoma S Quinton Carter, to Jacksonville
No. 88 overall: Hunter, to New Orleans
No. 91 overall: Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, to Atlanta
If you haven't figured it out already, this won't be a draft dominated by the Big 12 like last year's when the league had five of the top six picks and nine first-rounders. Part of that is only three players from the Big 12 (Gabbert, Smith, Williams) who left school early and a handful of others (Justin Blackmon, Ryan Broyles, Travis Lewis, Jeff Fuller, Brandon Weeden) who stayed behind.
I do find the disagreement between the pair on Kendall Hunter vs. Daniel Thomas interesting. McShay has Thomas going 75th overall, and nine spots behind Hunter. Kiper has Thomas at 60th overall, 28 spots above Hunter. In terms of pro prospects, I'll take Thomas, a balanced back who took a lot of punishment over the last two seasons but stayed healthy and avoided a lot of big hits. Plus, as a guy who's only been a running back for two years, he's got plenty of upside. I think both will have good pro careers, and Hunter had a better college career by a little bit, but if we're drafting for the NFL (which, you know, they are) give me Thomas.