Last week we began evaluating the 10 best players this spring on every Big 12 roster.
We continue the series today with the Texas Tech Red Raiders:
1. OT Le'Raven Clark: Clark is a two-time first-team All-Big 12 blindside protector. He also has the ability to slide to guard. He and Baylor's Spencer Drango profile as the clear top two offensive linemen in the league.
2. DE Pete Robertson: Robertson had a breakout 2014 season in which he led the Big 12 with 13 sacks. In new coordinator David Gibbs' scheme, Robertson will move around even more as one of the preeminent pass-rushers in the Big 12.
3. RB DeAndre Washington: In his first season as the full-time starter, Washington became the first Texas Tech running back since Ricky Williams in 1998 to rush for more than 1,000 yards. He ranked fifth in the Big 12 with an average of 5.87 yards per carry. Washington, who added 30 catches last season, is also a dangerous pass-catcher out of the backfield, which makes him an ideal fit for Texas Tech's air raid scheme.
4. WR Jakeem Grant: No Big 12 receiver has more receiving yards over the past two seasons than Grant, who was just shy of a 1,000-yard receiving season in 2014.
5. QB Patrick Mahomes: Mahomes was fabulous for the Red Raiders down the stretch last season, throwing 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions. He also passed for almost 600 yards and nearly rallied Tech to an upset of Baylor in the regular-season finale. Whether Mahomes can take a jump as a sophomore will go a long way in determining whether the Red Raiders get back to bowl eligibility in 2015.
6. DE Branden Jackson: One of the most seasoned defenders in the Big 12, Jackson has 25 career starts and 19.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons.
7. CB Nigel Bethel: Bethel came back from a three-game suspension to begin his college career last season. He emerged as Tech's top cornerback. The former ESPN 300 signee has the speed to be a difference-maker -- and perhaps eventually an all-conference performer -- out of the Red Raider secondary.
8. QB Davis Webb: The Red Raiders had big hopes for Webb coming off his sterling performance in the 2013 National University Holiday Bowl. Webb, however, struggled last season with turnovers, before an ankle injury shelved him the final four games. Webb is working back from offseason shoulder surgery, as well, but so far according to Kliff Kingsbury has looked good this spring. If Mahomes stumbles, Webb could get another shot behind center. The talent is still there.
9. WR Devin Lauderdale: After a relatively quiet first five games, Lauderdale emerged as the big-play complement to Grant in the receiving corps. In conference games, he led all Big 12 receivers with an average of 20.4 yards per catch. He also tied for third in conference games with seven touchdown receptions.
10. LB Mike Mitchell: Mitchell has the potential to quickly ascend this list. The Ohio State transfer and former ESPN 300 prospect should be the starter on the weak side after sitting out last season. He has the ability to give Tech's run defense a huge boost.