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2016 Big 12 recruiting draft: Round 3

It’s draft week, which means dreams are coming true and lifelong goals are becoming a reality. Draft week also means the return of our annual Big 12 recruiting draft.

What if Big 12 programs could transform their teams through a draft instead of the current recruiting format? We aim to answer that question with our recruiting draft, which grants the bottom of the conference first dibs on the elite talent in the region.

Any recruit who signed with a Big 12 school in 2016 is eligible to be selected, and the draft order reflects the 2015 conference standings. Jake Trotter is drafting for Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Brandon Chatmon is picking for Baylor, Kansas, Texas Tech and West Virginia, and Max Olson will make the selections for Iowa State, TCU and Texas.

Here’s Round 3 of our draft. We featured Round 1 on Wednesday and Round 2 on Thursday.

21. Kansas: RB Sewo Olonilua

Signed with: TCU

Chatmon: A beast of a running back, Olonilua would bring balance to the offense to be the ideal pick-your-poison scenario with Devin Duverney on the outside. Not only is he extremely talented, Olonilua is relatively raw with room to grow with the other young players on Kansas’ offense. Great fit for David Beaty’s team.

22. Iowa State: DE Mark Jackson

Signed with: Oklahoma

Olson: Dale Pierson was a quality pass-rusher for the Cyclones last year, and Jackson can definitely be that kind of guy off the edge. He's a versatile OLB/DE who would instantly improve Iowa State's defense as a freshman.

23. Kansas State: CB Parrish Cobb

Signed with: Baylor

Trotter: The Wildcats already have one up budding standout cornerback in Duke Shelley. By adding Cobb, they could feature one the top young cornerback tandems in the league to anchor the defense in future years.

24. Texas: WR Tren’Davian Dickson

Signed with: Baylor

Olson: Dickson was committed to Texas back in the day, and he flipped before the Longhorns installed their new offense. Texas needs an impactful receiver with this pick, and Dickson should be comfortable in this scheme. Seems like a good fit.

25. Texas Tech: WR Mykel Jones

Signed with: Oklahoma

Chatmon: Jones could immediately provide some of the big plays that will be missing without Jakeem Grant in the lineup. His quickness should help him turn short passes into big gains and make him an ideal fit for some of the screens and jet sweeps that Grant used to hurt Big 12 defenders. Jones is a perfect fit for the Red Raiders' attack and could quickly become one of Patrick Mahomes’ favorite targets.

26. West Virginia: DT Marcel Southall

Signed with: Texas

Chatmon: The Mountaineers could use a disruptive force in the middle. Southall has the potential to grow into a interior force that would make West Virginia’s blitzing style even more devastating. The loss of Kyle Rose is going somewhat overlooked among the several departures for West Virginia’s defense; Southall would make that loss much easier to overcome.

27. Baylor: DT Jeremy Faulk

Signed with: Baylor

Chatmon: Why not take the man who has already skyrocketed up the Bears' depth chart? He fills an immediate need and should be ready to step into the lineup from Day 1. He can’t replace Andrew Billings on his own, but he’s a great start.

28. TCU: LB Erick Fowler

Signed with: Texas

Olson: Fowler is the kind of defensive stud Gary Patterson could have a lot of fun with, because he's capable of playing linebacker or moving up to be a freaky defensive end. He's got to be the best available player at this point in our draft, too.

29. Oklahoma State: T Ashton Julious

Signed with: Oklahoma

Trotter: The Cowboys added guard Branton Autry in the first round and then running back Kennedy McKoy. By adding Julious, who flashed impressive run-blocking skills in the spring, Oklahoma State should have a fortified running game to complement a devastating passing attack.

30. Oklahoma: WR Taj Williams

Signed with: TCU

Trotter: The goal is to get Baker Mayfield as many ready-made weapons as possible for a run back to the College Football Playoff. With Derrick Willies already on board after being selected in the first round, Williams gives the Sooners two of the top four juco receivers in the country. Including Penn State transfer Geno Lewis, the Sooners have surrounded Mayfield with pass-catchers physically ready to help.