Top 3 Players from the Big XII (Defense)
Our third installment of top prospects from a Power 5 conference brings us down south as we take a look at the Big XII conference. The SEC is pretty widely regarded as the top offensive conference in college football, but today we’ll be looking at their defensive prospects.
LJ Collier (TCU) – LJ Collier had an exceptional senior year for the Horned Frogs, showed good recognition after the snap and is quicker than most people give him credit for.
Charles Omenihu (Texas) – Omenihu has been slated as a DT but will mainly be lining up on the outside as he goes into the NFL. He has great size and has the potential to develop nicely if he works to improve pass rush and use of his hands.
Daniel Wise (Kansas) – Daniel Wise is a guy that is very consistent and plays close to every snap. He received high praise from opposing Big 12 offensive lineman. He has a high motor and makes plays.
Jordan Brailford (Oklahoma State) – Jordan Brailford shows good speed off the LOS and is in the backfield often with a nose for the ball. He relies on his speed and strength a little too much, but once he uses his hands and arm length more he can be very dangerous.
Ben Banogu (TCU) – Ben Banogu showed the ability to recognize plays and have an eye for the ball. His long arms and quickness is what can make him dangerous. He performed well at the combine but still has plenty of room to grow.
Breckyn Hager (Texas) – Hager may be known for his long hair and wild after game interviews, but he did perform well at Texas. He is relentless and is a guy that’s always around the ball. He has plenty to work on, but may see his time in the NFL at LB rather an EDGE rusher.
Gary Johnson (Texas) – Johnson showed out at the Combine running a fantastic 40 time and doing well in agility drills. His speed shows on tape and recognizes plays quickly. He hits hard and finishes plays.
David Long Jr. (West Virginia) – Long Jr. out of West Virginia is one of the more athletic linebackers in the 2019 NFL Draft and he showed it at the combine. Long Jr. had the 4th best 40-time and the 2nd best vertical jump among linebackers at the combine and looked solid in drills. He should be a scheme-versatile linebacker that could also contribute on special teams.
Dakota Allen (Texas Tech) – Allen made a name for himself on Last Chance U but redeemed himself and has earned this second chance. He recognizes plays immediately and is quick to the ball. Lack of size can be concerning.
Kris Boyd (Texas) – Boyd did well in his time at Texas but still has plenty to develop. He is a bigger corner and shows good physicality. He needs to work on his tackling in the open field and breaking down on routes.
Davante Davis (Texas) – Davis is a true corner in understanding leverage and routes. He hits hard and can finish tackles in the open field. Has the opportunity to be a very good coverage corner at the next level. He has a knack for the ball and breaking on routes.
Derrek Thomas (Baylor) – Thomas is a tall, lengthy corner. He has a pretty good break on receivers routes. He squares up well for tackles and doesn’t appear to be scared of contact. Needs to work on getting his head around if he would like to succeed at the next level