2015 Big 12 recruiting draft: Round 2

Our Big 12 recruiting draft continues today with the second of three rounds. You can find Round 1 here. The Cyclones are first up again after landing quarterback Jarrett Stidham with the No. 1 overall pick on Wednesday.


11. Iowa State:

DT Neville Gallimore

Signed with: Oklahoma

Brandon Chatmon: After getting a quarterback of the future with the top overall pick, the Cyclones turn their attention to the defensive interior. Gallimore has the talent to start from Day 1 and has plenty of room to grow. His combination of size, speed and quickness would make him a building block for the next few seasons.

12. Kansas:

OG Patrick Vahe

Signed with: Texas

Max Olson: In real life, Kansas signed three junior college offensive linemen this year in the hopes of finding short-term fixes for their flaws up front. In this fantasy scenario, I’m giving them an exciting young big man who can play any interior line spot, bring leadership and a mean streak and start a ton of games.

13. Texas Tech: TE Devonaire Clarington

Signed with: Texas

Olson: No way can Tech pass on a tight end who will do most of his damage by lining up in the slot and creating mismatches. Clarington also played defensive line as a senior in high school, so he does have some athletic versatility. Plus, the Red Raiders could use another injection of Miami swag after signing Nigel Bethel II a year ago.

14. Oklahoma State: RB Chris Warren III

Signed with: Texas

Jake Trotter: Snagging Carson and now Warren solidifies the running back position both for this season and beyond. At 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Warren physically is ready to contribute as a true freshman, if nothing more than a short-yardage option. The combination of Warren, Carson, Rennie Childs and Todd Mays would give the Cowboys a deep and talented running back stable to complement budding quarterback Mason Rudolph and his host of receivers.

15. West Virginia: OT Madison Akamnonu

Signed with: Texas Tech

Trotter: The Mountaineers need to beef up the trenches, especially with guards Quinton Spain and Mark Glowinski gone. Junior college offensive line help would be an option here. The same with grabbing a receiver. But Akamnonu is a long-term play as a blue-chip offensive tackle who would potentially turn into a three-year starter at a position the Mountaineers have struggled to adequately fill in recent years.

16. Texas: RB Ja'Mycal Hasty

Signed with: Baylor

Olson: With Warren off the board, a few other in-state backs are tempting at this spot. Hasty would figure to be an excellent complement to Johnathan Gray. He's a burner who makes big plays in space and would thrive in the zone-read game, which Texas is trying to utilize more this year.

17. Oklahoma: WR Jovon Durante

Signed with: West Virginia

Chatmon: Sterling Shepard needs help. Durante can beat you deep, he can beat you short, he can change games in an instant. In other words, he looks like another Shepard. With that duo, Oklahoma's receivers would have the potential to become a strength of the offense.

18. Kansas State: DE/LB Ricky DeBerry

Signed with: Oklahoma

Chatmon: Imagine the havoc the Wildcats could create with Elijah Lee on one side and DeBerry on the other. Both players can rush the passer yet are comfortable in space, giving the K-State defense plenty of options. This isn’t necessarily a need pick, but pairing DeBerry with Lee is too intriguing to ignore.

19. TCU: CB Tyrek Cole

Signed with: West Virginia

Chatmon: Cole likes to challenge receivers in one-on-one situations, yet doesn’t hesitate to support the run. Sounds like several TCU cornerbacks of the past, like Jason Verrett and Kevin White. With White moving on to the NFL, Cole is a terrific fit late in the second round. He might not be an immediate starter, but he would be an immediate contributor on special teams and a valuable option at cover corner in Gary Patterson’s defense.

20. Baylor: QB Alex Delton

Signed with: Kansas State

Trotter: Since Iowa State swiped Jarrett Stidham with the No. 1 overall pick, Baylor will grab its quarterback of the future here. Bill Snyder has already compared Delton's physical and mental makeup to that of former K-State great Ell Roberson when he was a true freshman. With Seth Russell entrenched as the starer for Baylor, Delton would have two years to learn Art Briles’ offense before potentially taking over and keeping Baylor’s quarterback tradition rolling.