Much has been made of the lack of elections in the first round of the big 12 in the 2021 and 2022 NFL drafts. While this was the second consecutive draft without a pick in the first round of the Big 12, don’t expect that series to go on three consecutive drafts. The Oklahoma Sooners have a couple of players who have already seen some noise on premature 2023 drafts. Wide receiver Marvin Mims and attacker Anton Harrison.
Looking ahead to the 2022 university football season, the Big 12 this year has a lot of talented players to watch. Bian Robinson, Quentin Johnston and Deuce Vaughn provide some top talent who could get multiple selections in the Big 12 in the first round of 2023.
Kyle Kensing of Athlon Sports watched 10 players watch the Big 12 in 2022 before the 2023 NFL Draft, and included Anton Harrison and Marvin Mims.
Here’s what Kensing had to say.
One big reason – literally and figuratively – for assuming the Big 12 won’t be ruled out of the first round of the NFL Draft again is Harrison. The star-studded book holder for the mighty Oklahoma attack could be the first attempt next year. – Kensing, Athlon Sports
Harrison is a bit of a surprise after starting just one season for the Sooners. He is certainly a talented player, he just needs to put together a dominant 2022 to be considered the best offensive player in the draft as he was in the Pro Football Focus rehearsal.
Kensing is equally high on Mims looking for their first season at 1,000 yards in their studio career.
The All-Big 12 selection and electrified big threat could be among the top 10 coming next spring. Mims maximized its opportunities in 2021, offering samples of its explosiveness. In 2022, expect a lot more production from Mims as they will be able to show more of their reliable hands, speed and IQ of the ball. – Kensing, Athlon Sports
Mims is no big surprise as the leading Sooners receiver in the last two seasons. He is expected to have an even more productive year in 2022 as the lead man in the receiving corps.
Despite losses from the NFL and the transfer portal, Oklahoma has a talented list that should have them in the fight for the Big 12 and perhaps a place in the College Football playoffs. To get back to the top of the conference, they will need great seasons from Mims and Harrison on the offensive side of the ball.
For the two Sooners to be under consideration in the first round next year, they will also have to have big seasons.
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