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Imaginary Big 12 players draft, Part II

5/14/2014

Following up off of NFL draft weekend, we’ve been conducting our own draft, picking current Big 12 players with the premise of filling out three 22-man lineups.

So far, this draft has been revealing, accentuating the prospective strength of the conference (defensive line) in 2014, as well as some of the potential shortcomings.

As a reminder, this is NOT a top-25 player ranking. It’s only an exercise in determining where the value of the league lies, and the different strategies to cobbling a team together from the league’s present talent pool.

Below is a recap of the first seven rounds of the draft from Monday, followed by rounds 8-15. We’ll conclude the draft Thursday by picking the final seven rounds.

Jake Trotter:

Brandon Chatmon:

Max Olson:

Round 8

  • Olson: LB Bryce Hager, Baylor

  • Chatmon: CB Kevin White, TCU

  • Trotter: TE E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

  • Analysis: "In Grant, Shepard and now Bibbs, I have three of the most difficult matchups for opposing defensive backfields in the league. With Petty at QB, and two of the best pass-protecting tackles in the country, I feel like I'll be able to fling the ball at will." -- Trotter

Round 9

  • Trotter: RB Malcolm Brown, Texas

  • Chatmon: OG Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

  • Olson: DT Andrew Billings, Baylor

  • Analysis: “Whitehair should help solidify my offensive line. His ability to play multiple positions up front will be valuable and I had to start addressing my offensive line before all of the top guys were off the board. He’ll join Clark to give me a solid foundation.” -- Chatmon

Round 10

  • Olson: LT Daniel Koenig, Oklahoma State

  • Chatmon: SS Dante Barnett, Kansas State

  • Trotter: DT Travis Britz, Kansas State

  • Analysis: "Time to start building my offensive line. I don't love that many linemen in the league this year, honestly, so that's why I waited. But Koenig is a good one, and he can play either tackle spot." -- Olson

Round 11

  • Trotter: DT James Castleman, Oklahoma State

  • Chatmon: C Tom Farniok, Iowa State

  • Olson: CB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

  • Analysis: "With my offense looking strong across the board, I'm circling back to my defense. I have two of the league's very best getting to the quarterback in Striker and Mueller. Now, it's time to solidify the interior run defense. I got just the guys in Castleman and Britz." -- Trotter

Round 12

  • Olson: RB Shock Linwood, Baylor

  • Chatmon: LB Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma

  • Trotter: CB Kevin Peterson, Oklahoma State

  • Analysis: "I went with Alexander because I love his versatility and instincts. He should be able to hold up in coverage at times but can blitz too. To top it all off, he's just a sophomore who has barely scratched the surface of his ability. Win, win." -- Chatmon

Round 13

  • Trotter: SS Karl Joseph, West Virginia

  • Chatmon: CB JaCorey Shepherd, Kansas

  • Olson: C BJ Finney, Kansas State

  • Analysis: "After loading up on defense early, I'm collecting pieces offensively. I think I got two good ones in the veteran Finney, and the budding Linwood." -- Olson

Round 14

  • Olson: OG Quinton Spain, West Virginia

  • Chatmon: RT Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma

  • Trotter: FS Chris Hackett, TCU

  • Analysis: “I got my lockdown corner a couple rounds ago in Peterson, and with these last two picks, got safeties capable of being All-Big 12 performers this season.” -- Trotter

Round 15

  • Trotter: LB Ben Heeney, Kansas

  • Chatmon: WR Daje Johnson, Texas

  • Olson: DE Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma

  • Analysis: "Daje makes plays. A lot of them. Nothing more needs to be said here." -- Chatmon