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Big 12 at 2014 NFL Draft: How conference fared among 'Power 5'

OK, everyone has had a few days to digest how their favorite pro team fared in the draft. We decided to take a look at the "Power 5" conferences and see how they did.

Included is a listing of each "Power 5" school's number of draftees in the 2000s and their most recent first-round pick. If a player is designated with an asterisk (*), it means he was the earliest selection from a school that had multiple first-round picks that year.

LSU led the way with nine draftees this year. Alabama and Notre Dame had eight each, and national champion Florida State had seven. Auburn, which fell to FSU in the national title game, had four draftees.

This is a look at how the Big 12 performed in the 2014 NFL Draft:

» The Big 12 had 17 players selected, fifth-most among the conferences and just one more than the Mountain West. The Big 12 trailed the leading conference, the SEC, by 32 selections.

» Eight league schools had at least one player selected, led by Baylor with five. Two schools didn't have a player selected. Kansas was one of them. The other, shockingly, was Texas.

» There were two first-rounders, tied for sixth-most (with the Mid-American) among the conferences.

» Position of interest: The Big 12's most popular position was cornerback, with four selected. There were no quarterbacks and no defensive linemen.

School-by-school look at the Big 12 in the draft in the 2000s:


» 24 draftees, five first-rounders (most recent QB Robert Griffin III* in 2012) | Baylor draft history
The buzz: Baylor had five draftees this year, but none went earlier than the fifth round.

Iowa State

» 15 draftees, no first-rounders (most recent RB George Amundson in 1973) | Iowa State draft history
The buzz: Iowa State has had just one player selected earlier than the third round since 1990.


» 13 draftees, one first-rounder (most recent CB Aqib Talib in 2008) | Kansas draft history
The buzz: Kansas was shut out in the 2014 draft; that's the third time in four years that has happened. The school has had just four players selected in the past six drafts.

Kansas State

» 38 draftees, two first-rounders (most recent QB Josh Freeman in 2009) | Kansas State draft history
The buzz: K-State had one player drafted in 2014; that's the fifth time in the past six drafts that the Wildcats have had just one player selected.


» 70 draftees, 13 first-rounders (most recent OT Lane Johnson in 2013) | Oklahoma draft history
The buzz: OU didn't have anybody selected earlier than the fourth round, the first time that has happened for the Sooners since 1997.

Oklahoma State

» 25 draftees, eight first-rounders (most recent CB Justin Gilbert in 2014) | Oklahoma State draft history
The buzz: Oklahoma State has had 11 players taken in the past six drafts combined -- and six have been first-rounders, including Gilbert.


» 55 draftees, 15 first-rounders (most recent S Kenny Vaccaro in 2013) | Texas draft history
The buzz: Texas was shut out in the 2014 draft, the first time the Longhorns didn't have at least one player selected since 1937.


» 34 draftees, three first-rounders (most recent CB Jason Verrett in 2014) | TCU draft history
The buzz: Verrett was the only TCU player drafted this year, and the Horned Frogs have had just five players selected in the past three drafts. That equals the number that went in the 2011 draft.

Texas Tech

» 23 draftees, one first-rounder (most recent WR Michael Crabtree in 2009) | Texas Tech draft history
The buzz: Texas Tech had two players drafted this year; that equals the number in the past four drafts combined. Only one of the four has gone before the sixth round.

West Virginia

» 30 draftees, four first-rounders (most recent WR Tavon Austin in 2013) | West Virginia draft history
The buzz: WVU has had 12 players taken in the past four drafts combined, and eight of them -- including DE Will Clarke this year -- have been defenders.

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