In the ever-fluid process of talent hyperbole and evaluation, NFL coaches this week finally will have some specific numbers to analyze.
Heights, weights, 40 times, bench presses, cone drills, vertical jumps, et al, ad nauseum.
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TWELVE TO WATCH
Twelve players from the Big 12 and around the state who are generating the most NFL draft buzz, heading into the NFL scouting combine:
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: There are mixed views on his status. Could go as high as No. 2 overall … or fall out of the top 10.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Enters the combine as the top quarterback available, and might end up being the lone QB taken in the first round.
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: This year’s draft is heavy with offensive tackles, but he’s considered a possible top-10 pick.
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas: The draft’s top safety probably will be gone by the middle of the first round.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: While not an elite end, it’s possible he could slip into the first round.
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Had a first-round grade —- in 2012, had he left school early. Now he’s projected to be a second rounder.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: Scouts are fascinated by his multi-dimensional skills, but he’s slotted as a second-rounder.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: The projected second rounder impressed scouts with terrific Senior Bowl workouts.
Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State: He’s got first-round talent, but second-round size. Second round wins.
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State: The Big 12’s leading rusher is considered the third best running back prospect in the draft.
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma: The Sooners’ leading tackler is slotted for the third round.
Other Big 12 combine invitees
BAYLOR — WR Lanear Sampson
IOWA STATE — LB A.J. Klein, LB Jake Knott
KANSAS — OL Tanner Hawkinson, DB Bradley McDougald
KANSAS STATE — K Anthony Cantele, WR Chris Harper, QB Collin Klein, FB Braden Wilson
OKLAHOMA — DT Stacy McGee, WR Kenny Stills, LB Tom Wort
OKLAHOMA STATE — WR Tracy Moore, K Quinn Sharp
TCU — WR Josh Boyce, DE Stansly Maponga, RB Matthew Tucker
TEXAS — WR Marquise Goodwin
WEST VIRGINIA — WR Stedman Bailey, C Joe Madsen
Note: Other Texas A&M invitees — RB Christine Michael, LB Sean Porter, LB Jonathan Stewart, WR Ryan Swope