Players and media are arriving in Indianapolis for the NFL's annual scouting combine. Specialists, offensive linemen and tight ends comprise the first group with interviews and weight-room work starting on Thursday, followed by on-field workouts and drills set to begin on Friday.
Here are five former Big 12 players who have a chance to improve their stock over the next few days. You can find the full list of Big 12 participants here.
Needs to impress: Dorial Green-Beckham, receiver, Oklahoma. DGB’s talent is not in question. On the field, he looks like a difference-maker with his combination of size, speed and athleticism. But plenty of questions about his off-the-field troubles linger over his physical talent, making it easy for NFL scouts and coaches to look elsewhere. If Green-Beckham can start to ease those concerns with a strong showing in the interview rooms,then dazzle on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium, it would help his stock tremendously.
Needs to run well in the 40: Kevin White, receiver, West Virginia. He is in a battle to be the first receiver off the board. The Biletnikoff Award finalist will likely be a high draft pick either way, but if he runs a fast time in the 40-yard dash, erasing any questions about his speed, his stock could really skyrocket. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds with terrific ball skills and the ability to make plays after the catch, White looks like a No. 1 receiver in the making.
Has the most to gain: Bryce Petty, quarterback, Baylor. As the fourth-ranked quarterback by draft guru Mel Kiper, Petty isn’t expected to be given the immediate reins of an NFL franchise during draft weekend. But Baylor's record-setter could really help himself with a strong combine that shows off his accuracy and arm strength. He should have no problem intriguing teams with his intelligence and confidence in the interview room.
Can maintain momentum: Kevin White, cornerback, TCU. After a solid showing at the Senior Bowl, White could continue the momentum at the combine. The on-field work for the cornerbacks on Monday could be a critical time for the former Horned Frogs cornerback. If his on-field workout shows he is fluid enough to handle NFL slot receivers, it would help White's stock tremendously.
Overlooked player to keep an eye on: Blake Bell, tight end, Oklahoma. Bell is right alongside Petty as one of the former Big 12 players who could gain plenty with a strong combine. At this time a year ago, Bell was in the early stages of a transition from quarterback to tight end. His limited experience and raw ability is intriguing for NFL teams thanks to his athleticism at 6-foot-6 and245 pounds. The combine is his opportunity to show NFL teams he can be an asset with high upside if they decide to take a chance on him in the later rounds.