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Analyzing likely replacements for 2014 Big 12 draft picks

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Kevin Peterson will be the lone returning starter in the Oklahoma State secondary.


The 2014 NFL Draft was not a showcase for the Big 12, as just 17 players from the conference were drafted, worst among the power conferences.

Every Big 12 school had at least one player selected, with the very notable exception of Texas and Kansas. Defending conference champion Baylor led the way with five picks, but all were in the fifth round or later.

Here's a look at every Big 12 draft pick this year and who's in line to replace that player this fall.

Baylor

OG Cyril Richardson

Round 5 (153), Buffalo Bills
Possibilities: Richardson played a number of spots along the left side of the line but was mostly a left guard, so the task of replacing him falls mostly on LaQuan McGowan or Blake Muir, both juniors. Desmine Hilliard has the right guard spot locked down, and the Bears should have one of the better lines in the league.

WR Lache Seastrunk

Round 6 (186), Washington Redskins
Possibilities: The Bears won't see a huge drop-off on offense, even with the departure of Seastrunk to the NFL. The team already saw what Shock Linwood could do with the ball in his hands when Seastrunk and Glasco Martin were hurt late in the year, and Linwood had a big-time performance against Oklahoma. To put things in perspective, Linwood was the third tailback on the Baylor roster and finished sixth in the league in rushing.

CB Demetri Goodson

Round 6 (197), Green Bay Packers
Possibilities: The corner position has a lot of question marks on it for Baylor heading into the season, and replacing Goodson is just one issue. Xavien Howard, Chris Sanders, Terrence Singleton and Collin Brence -- a walk-on -- should all get reps at one of the corner spots.

WR Tevin Reese

Round 7 (240), San Diego Chargers
Possibilities: You would think losing an All-Big 12 performer like Reese would hurt the Baylor passing attack, but you'd be wrong. The Bears might have one of the deepest wide receiving corps in the country, and standout Antwan Goodley should be the leader of one of the best groups in the nation.

SS Ahmad Dixon

Round 7 (248), Dallas Cowboys
Possibilities: Orion Stewart has the task of replacing Dixon in the Baylor secondary, and he'll have a tough task living up to the standards of his predecessor. He had a good spring, however, and coaches are high on what he brings to the table.

Iowa State

ILB Jeremiah George

Round 5 (154), New York Jets
Possibilities: Redshirt freshman Alton Meeks came out of spring atop the depth chart for the Cyclones, but sophomore Kane Seeley figures to push him for the starting role through fall camp. With losses on the defensive line, as well, Iowa State has a ton of work to do in replacing an all-conference performer like George.

Kansas State

OT Tavon Rooks

Round 6 (202), New Orleans Saints
Possibilities: The Wildcats' offensive line remains in flux heading into fall camp, but juniors Cody Whitehair and Matt Kleinsorge figure to be the tackles for the team in the opener. Still, Bill Snyder could move folks around and the team is deep enough at the position to where there might not be that much of a drop-off on the right side.

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Oklahoma

WR Jalen Saunders

Round 4 (104), New York Jets
Possibilities: Saunders did a little bit of everything at Oklahoma, but his departure allows Sterling Shepard to firmly grasp the No. 1 receiver role. Derrick Woods, Durron Neal and freshman Michiah Quick are a few that will also contribute on offense.

CB Aaron Colvin

Round 4 (114), Jacksonville Jaguars
Possibilities: Zach Sanchez figures to be the guy at corner with fellow returnee Julian Wilson sticking to his spot at nickel and Dakota Austin ending the spring as the defensive back on the other side.

OLB Corey Nelson

Round 7 (242), Denver Broncos
Possibilities: Sophomore Dominique Alexander took Nelson's spot when he was injured and performed well the rest of the season. Entering 2014, Alexander should be considered one of the best in the conference.

FB Trey Millard

Round 7 (245), San Francisco 49ers
Possibilities: Millard was an all-purpose weapon in the Sooners' offense, but the team knows how to replace him since he suffered a knee injury in October. Aaron Ripkowski took over most of the reps at fullback while Dimitri Flowers and Blake Bell (yes, the former quarterback) figure to be in line for snaps at tight end in 2014.

Oklahoma State

CB Justin Gilbert

Round 1 (8), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities: Kevin Peterson is the lone returning starter in the secondary for the Cowboys and takes over as the team's best corner to replace Gilbert. Ashton Lampkin figures to be on the other side of him, but the rest of the spots on the team will likely not be settled until right before the first game.

TCU

CB Jason Verrett

Round 1 (25), San Diego Chargers
Possibilities: Senior Kevin White takes over as the top corner in the Horned Frogs' secondary and should have some talent and experience around him in a very good group.

Texas Tech

TE Jace Amaro

Round 2 (49), New York Jets
Possibilities: The Mackey Award folks were one of the select few who thought that Amaro's prowess catching the football made him a wide receiver (take note Jimmy Graham) and not a tight end. While Amaro certainly had the tight end body and played that position, his replacement in the Red Raiders' offense will likely come in the form of inside receiver Jakeem Grant. He had a big bowl game and figures to replace some of the production Amaro put up from the slot. Bradley Marquez will likely slide in as the other inside receiver for Tech.

OLB Will Smith

Round 7 (238), Dallas Cowboys
Possibilities: It will be tough to replace a tackling machine like Smith, but the surrounding linebacker corps in Lubbock should be good enough to mask any deficiencies. V.J. Fehoko likely slides in at the Will spot while Sam Eguavoen and Michah Awe should man the middle.

West Virginia

RB Charles Sims

Round 3 (69), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Possibilities: Sims had the rare ability to be the primary ball carrier and be a threat out of the backfield, and that will be tough to find in just one back. Luckily Dana Holgorsen has plenty of options in what should be the Big 12's deepest backfield. Dreamius Smith figures to be the starter initially, with Wendell Smallwood, Andrew Buie and Pitt transfer Rushel Shell among those contributing. Freshman Donte Thomas-Williams should also get some looks.

DE Will Clarke

Round 3 (88), Cincinnati Bengals
Possibilities: It will be a tough task for the Mountaineers' defense to replace what Clarke brought to the table, and the task likely falls on sophomore Christian Brown and senior Dontrill Hyman on the other side. Eric Kinsey figures to be in the rotation, as well.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.

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