Thursday, January 5, 2012
Kiper, McShay like five from Pac-12
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN NFL draft gurus Mel Kiper and Todd McShay continue to project five Pac-12 players as first-round picks, with three potentially going in the top 10.
Both have Stanford QB Andrew Luck and USC OT Matt Kalil as the top two prospects.
On Kiper's Big Board, Stanford OT Jonathan Martin is No. 9, while Stanford OG David DeCastro is 13th and Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict is 23rd.
Each of the above five are juniors who have declared they will enter the NFL draft.
McShay's top-32 list has Martin at No. 10, DeCastro at 15th and Burfict at 19th.
If you watch the Fiesta Bowl, you know why Martin and DeCastro are projected so highly, particularly DeCastro. There was little evidence that the guy DeCastro was blocking ever made a play in the game. He might be the best guard the conference has produced in a decade.