The national stature of the Big 12 has tumbled in recent seasons.
That appears to be the case in the eyes of the Sporting News as well. The website picked just five Big 12 players on its list of top 40 players released on Monday.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield leads Big 12 players at No. 6.
Defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson tops the list, as would be expected considering his award-winning season in 2016.
But Mayfield was a finalist last season. And considering that status, wouldn’t it make sense to at least have him among the top four heading into this season?
Big 12 players among the Sporting News’ top 40 players: