20 best NFL players from Big 12 schools

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Sep 13, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) scores a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams on a punt return during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

20. Martellus Bennett – Former second round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. Didn’t get much of an opportunity behind Jason Witten but has proven he can be a No. 1 tight end the last four seasons. Had a career-high 90 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns with the Chicago Bears in 2014.

19. Darren Sproles – The diminutive Kansas State product is one of the best triple-threat running backs of his generation. He has nearly 3,000 rushing yards for his career to go with more than 4,000 receiving yards and nearly 11,000 yards as a punt and kick returner. He led the NFL in punt return yards the last two years to make his firs two Pro Bowls.

18. Lane Johnson – The No. 4 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma looked like he could be on the cusp of Pro Bowl consideration in the 2014 season. I think he got bogged down by the dysfunction surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles last year that affected the entire team and could be in line for a breakthrough season in 2016.

17. Tyler Lockett – The all-time receiving leader in Kansas State history slid to the third round over concerns about his 5-10, 180-pound size but he proved to be a draft steal for the Seattle Seahawks after an All-Pro rookie campaign. Lockett had 51 receptions for 664 yards and six touchdowns but made his biggest impact as a return man with a punt and kick returned for a touchdown.

16. DeMarco Murray – Talk about a fall from grace for the 2014 rushing champion who saw his rushing totals drop from 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry to 702 yards, six touchdowns and a 3.6 ypc average. Leaving Dallas for Philadelphia didn’t work out for the former Oklahoma back, but maybe a fresh start with the Tennessee Titans will be what he needs to get back on track.

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