Friday, April 29, 2011
A Pac-12 review of NFL draft's first round
By Ted Miller
Five Pac-12 players were picked in the first round, with Jake Locker going higher than some projected and Cameron Jordan going lower.
Here's the draft order:
No. 8 Jake Locker, QB, Washington: Tennessee
No. 9 Tyron Smith., OT, USC: Dallas
No. 17 Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: New England
No. 24 Cameron Jordan, DE, California: New Orleans
No. 27 Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado: Baltimore
Here's analysis by Mel Kiper. And here's more on the first round.
Kiper also projects the second round, which starts Friday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN (3 p.m. PT).
Kiper has Arizona DE Brooks Reed going first in the second round -- 33rd overall -- to New England. Other Pac-12 players in his second round: UCLA safety Rahim Moore to Houston at No. 42, Oregon State DT Stephen Paea to Oakland at No. 48 and Utah CB Brandon Burton to Philadelphia at No. 54.
Who is missing? Well what about UCLA LB Akeem Ayers, who was once considered a sure first-round pick.
Todd McShay also projects the second round, and he has Reed going first and Ayers going second, to the Buffalo Bills.
The rest of McShay's second round: Paea to Denver at No. 36, Moore to Minnesota at No. 43, Washington LB Mason Foster to Denver at 46 and USC DT Jurrell Casey to Seattle at No. 57.
Some draft links: