Pac-12 players fighting for 1st-round spots


Todd McShay has released his third mock NFL draft, and six Pac-12 players are projected to be picked in the first round. Those players are:

Locker was the most-watched player at the Senior Bowl. Here's what McShay has to say after the smoke cleared -- and before the NFL combine: "Locker's stock took a big hit this season, but we still think he will come off the board in the first round. The Seahawks are not completely settled at quarterback and could do worse than bringing in a local hero with a lot of upside, and if they don't pull the trigger, we could see a team trade back into the late first round to get Locker"

Further, Steve Muench lists five underclassmen who did not crack the first round in McShay's latest projection but could use pre-draft workouts to boost their stock and work their way into the top 32 picks, and UCLA free safety Rahim Moore tops the list. Writes Muench:

If he looks fluid during drills at the combine his stock could jump. The Jets pick at No. 30 overall and have a need at free safety, where Brodney Pool and Eric Smith are both unrestricted free agents. Moore's strength is in coverage and he can hold up on the back end of a blitz-heavy scheme like the one the Jets run.