All eyes will be on TCU and head coach Sonny Dykes to see if they can replicate or come close to recreating their historic performance last season.
Texas Tech is a show that has had its moments while West Virginia seems to be stuck in a stereotype of mediocrity. Again, TCU counted the largest number of next-level prospects from the three programs.
Top NFL Draft Prospects at TCU
2022 is a standout year for the TCU program. Horned Frogs won the Big 12 title and advanced to the CFB championship match, where they lost to Georgia. They also have three players selected in the top 75, including first-round picker Quentin Johnston. It’s going to be tough to get there this year, but Horned Frogs still have plenty of next-level talent on the list.
Josh Newton is a growing corner with lots of positives. He’s tough, instinctive and offers great playing skills. Newton ran everywhere with his opponent, stood on the receiver’s hips at halftime, and had a great throw. He can play in person or region and rank as a pick in the top 60.
Bud Clark is the better size, though he’s not as slick or slick as Newton. However, he has great dribbling skills and lots of flips.
Sandwiched between the two was left tackle Brandon Coleman, a versatile and mobile saver who displayed superb footwork, power on the spot and ability to block on the move. Coleman can kick in to defend on the next line and ideally fits into a blockade of the area.
Keep an eye out for recipient Savion Williams, who is now a prime target with three graduate TCU expansions for the NFL. Williams is monstrous in size, and although he’s not very fast, he always wins the pitches.
Top NFL Prospects at Texas Tech
When the Las Vegas Raiders made Tyree Wilson the seventh pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, it was the first time any player on the show had been picked since 1965 when rerun Donnie Anderson was picked by the Green Bay Packers. Three months out and the Red Raiders have nothing but prospects at the end of the round on the depth charts.
Tyler Shough is seen as the NFL’s next big potential quarterback after a promising second-year campaign at Oregon. Since then, he’s moved to Texas Tech, and it’s been nothing but injury and inconsistency.
Shough has all the physical tools to be successful in the NFL — great size, big arms and very athletic. He occasionally makes some incredible passes or picks up the ball with his feet. However, a shoulder injury last season limited him to seven games, and a collarbone fracture the previous year sidelined him in all but four competitions. Despite having the top 60 skills, paramedics will raise red flags.
Defensive quarterback Myles Cole has the size (6-6, 280 pounds) and speed (4.80 over 40) to be a longtime player, but his production is just a walker. Some scouts rank him as a mover based on computer numbers, but with just 12 tackles last season, he has to elevate his game.
Syracuse transfer Steve Linton, a lineman, is another whose outstanding numbers need to step up his production.
Top NFL Prospects in West Virginia
West Virginia has been in trouble for the past five years. A show that once boasted only a single winning season since 2018 and has had nothing but last-day picks since 2019. Athlete fans should expect that to change in the next nine months.
WVU has brought some good attacking players, including central defenders, into the NFL, and Zach Frazier looks poised to be next. Frazier is a tough, smart manager who understands his position and makes the most of his abilities. His productivity comes more from football intelligence than sheer athleticism, which will appeal to some coaches.
In contrast, Sean Martin has the basic physical skills and athleticism to be a great prospect. At 6 feet-3, weighing 285 pounds, Martin is a tough forward defender who can’t move from the point. He showed his ability to assist last season and his play is on the right track, which makes me expect Martin to move forward.