NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. dropped his first mock draft this week.
He's got plenty to say about each pick, but we've included some brief excerpts from his comments.
Here are the Big 12 players who he says will go in the first round:
No. 2, St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: There's a clear value question here, because I think St. Louis could leverage this position to trade down for more picks for 2012 and into the future, and then still target Blackmon perhaps a few spots later. But if the Rams can't find a dance partner for a trade, Blackmon still represents precisely what this offense needs. Sam Bradford took a step back in 2011, but he got little help, and Blackmon is a big target, a great route runner and a workaholic who could transition and learn the pro game quickly.
No. 4, Cleveland Browns: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: If a team moves ahead of the Browns for Griffin, they also could be in play for Blackmon, or even the guy I have at No. 5, Trent Richardson. However, the questions on Colt McCoy's ceiling as a starting NFL quarterback are getting louder, and if the Browns don't go after a solution such asMatt Flynn, a quarterback certainly could be in play here.
No. 22, Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: Quietly, Wright had a season that almost matched Blackmon's in the Big 12. The Browns might not end up with Griffin with the No. 4 pick, but his teammate would make a lot of sense here. ... Wright is smaller at about 5-10, 190 pounds, but could add a speed threat this offense really needs. He can beat teams over the top with straight-line speed but also works underneath and will do a lot of damage after the catch.
Baylor and Oklahoma State as the only teams in the Big 12 with first-round picks?
Oh, the times, they are a-changin'.