- Kyle Bonagura, Pac-12 reporter
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Last week, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay updated their top-10 lists at each position for the upcoming NFL draft.
Here's a look at how the Pac-12 offensive players stack up:
Marcus Mariota might have been taken No. 1 overall if he decided to leave Oregon, but without him the Pac-12 doesn't have any top-10 representation. Washington's Keith Price, who was not invited to the NFL combine, has a big day on Wednesday when the Huskies hold their pro day. Barring a team taking a flyer on him in the draft, Price is probably going to have to take the undrafted route to forge a NFL career.
RB Bishop Sankey, Washington: No. 2 (both Kiper and McShay)
RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon: No. 5 (Kiper), No. 8 (McShay)
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona: No. 10 (McShay)
FB Ryan Hewitt, Stanford: No. 2 (both)
The surprise here is how little both analysts think of Carey, who was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and ranked No. 3 in the nation in rushing yards. Sure, his 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine (4.70) didn't do him any favors, but this feels like a situation where the film isn't speaking as loudly as it does for others.
The love for Thomas was a bit surprising as well, but it's also tough to compare him to the rest of the group because he doesn't project as a true running back in the NFL. His versatility undoubtedly scored him points, but it also should be noted that 10 other running backs clocked faster 40 times at the combine -- including Stanford's Tyler Gaffney. See the whole list here.
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: No. 3 (Kiper), No. 4 (McShay)
WR Marqise Lee, USC: No. 5 (both)
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: No. 3 (Kiper), No. 4 (McShay)
TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon: No. 9 (Kiper)
TE Jake Murphy, Utah: No. 10 (Kiper), No. 9 (McShay)
TE Richard Rodgers, Cal: No. 8 (McShay)
Cooks and Lee, a pair of Biletnikoff Award winners, will both expect to hear their name called in the first round. After that, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the pass-catchers fall into place.
Notably absent is Colorado WR Paul Richardson, who ran a 4.40 40 at the combine and caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Buffaloes. He still figures to have a shot to go in the second-round to third-round range.
McShay lists Lyerla as the pass-catcher with the biggest risk:
Lyerla has some significant behavioral and emotional issues (leaving the Oregon program at midseason in 2013 and being arrested for cocaine possession weeks later) that just aren't worth dealing with, even for the potential reward his talent promises, were he to straighten things out.
See the whole list here.
OG David Yankey, Stanford: No. 2 (both)
OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA: No. 3 (Kiper), No. 1 (McShay)
C Marcus Martin, USC: No. 1 (both)
If they were quarterbacks, Yankey and Su'a-Filo would be forever linked. Widely regarded as two of the best offensive guards in the country, it will be interesting to see who goes off the board first. Su'a-Filo was the players' choice as the best offensive lineman in the conference in 2013, but Yankey was given the honor in 2012.
Martin is one of eight players Kiper and McShay agree is the best player at his position. See the whole list here.
Last week, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay updated their top-10 lists at each position for the upcoming NFL draft.Here's a look at how the Pac-12 offensive players stack up:Quarterback Marcus Mariota might have been taken No.