Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Huge first-round haul for Pac-12 in 2014?
By Kevin Gemmell
It’s going to be a good 2014 NFL draft for the Pac-12. So says Sports Illustrated. The magazine has released a 2014 mock draft and -- assuming some players come out early -- it could be a nice haul for the conference. Nicer than we’ve seen in quite some time.
Of course, a lot can happen between now and next April. Stocks will rise and fall with every pass/incomplete, catch/drop and tackle/missed tackle. Public perception will go all coo-coo bananas on a week-to-week basis. Writer Chris Burke even stipulates that this is more of an exercise on getting the word out about top prospects -- rather than trying to turn the next draft/draft order into exact science. It's an offseason conversation-starter. So enjoy, and take it for what it's worth.
In other words, take everything below with a grain (or spoonful) of salt. Plenty will stay up in the air for the next 360 or so days. But let’s take a glance anyway at which players might crack Round 1 come the 2014 draft.
There are a few names that could even be added to this list -- Marcus Mariota, Ka'Deem Carey, Xavier Su'a-Filo and Jordan Richards come to mind. And if Keith Price returns to his 2011 form, which many see happening in Washington's new up-tempo offense, we could see his stock trend back up to where it was a year ago.
Here’s the list of SI's 10 potential first-round picks from the Pac-12.
- Marqise Lee, WR, USC, No. 4, Cleveland Browns
- Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA, No. 9, Philadelphia Eagles
- Morgan Breslin, DE, USC, No. 10, Tennessee Titans
- Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State, No. 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington, TE, No. 15, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon, No. 19, St. Louis Rams
- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA, No. 20, Chicago Bears
- Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford, No. 25, Green Bay Packers
- Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon, No. 27, Seattle Seahawks
- David Yankey, OG, Stanford, No. 30, Atlanta Falcons