Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Some Pac-12 draft notes, Part 2
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN draft guru Todd McShay took a measure of specific qualities of defensive players expected to be selected in this week's NFL draft, which starts Thursday, and a number of Pac-12 players fall into interesting spots.
Here are some notes.
McShay ranks Arizona's Brooks Reed No. 2 in pass-rush skills among all defensive ends and No. 3 in instincts/motor.
He ranks Cameron Jordan No. 2 versus the run and No. 2 in versatility.
He ranks Jordan No. 3 overall among defensive linemen and Reed 11th.
McShay ranks Oregon State's Stephen Paea No. 2 in toughness/motor.
He ranks Paea 17th overall among defensive linemen. He also has USC's Jurrell Casey at 19th.
McShay ranks Oregon's Casey Matthews No. 2 in instincts/recognition among inside linebackers.
He ranks Washington's Mason Foster No. 1 in range versus the run among inside linebackers.
He ranks UCLA's Akeem Ayers No. 2 in third-down capabilities among outside linebackers.
McShay ranks Ayers No. 2 overall among the linebackers. Foster is No. 4 and Matthews is 13th.
McShay ranks UCLA's Rahim Moore No. 2 in instincts/recognition and No. 1 in cover skills and ball skills among safeties.
He ranks Colorado's Jimmy Smith No. 1 in cover skills and No. 2 in run support among cornerbacks.
McShay ranks Smith No. 3 overall among defensive backs. He ranks Moore seventh. Utah cornerback Brandon Burton is 13th and USC cornerback Shareece Wright is 14th. Colorado's other cornerback, Jalil Brown, is 17th.