For the first time in league history, the Big 12 conference did not have a player selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft Thursday night.
The Big 12 was the only Power Five conference to not have a player selected Thursday evening. The SEC led the way with 12 total selections, followed by the Big 10 with seven, the ACC with six and the Pac 12 with three. Two players from the AAC were selected, one player from an FCS conference and another from an independent school were also taken in the first round.
Despite none being selected, several former Big 12 players received high-round projections in the weeks preceding the draft. Oklahoma State offensive tackle Tevin Jenkins and TCU safety Trevon Moehrig were both graded as first-round selections, according to NFLMockDraftDatabase.com.
For West Virginia, defensive lineman Darius Stills and linebacker Tony Fields II are expected to be selected in this year’s draft. Both are projected to be day-three selections, beginning with round four at noon on Saturday.