Saturday, May 10, 2014
Pac-12 draft recap: Day 3
By Kyle Bonagura
Twenty Pac-12 players were selected on Day 3 of the NFL draft, giving the conference a total of 34.
Here is a look at who was selected on Saturday:
DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA: Seattle Seahawks, No. 108 overall pick
Note: Marsh will play for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is friends with UCLA coach Jim Mora.
WR Shaq Evans, UCLA: New York Jets, No. 115
Note: Moving from the No. 2 media market to the No. 1, Evans caught a pass in 28 straight games to end his career.
CB Keith McGill, Utah: Oakland Raiders, No. 116
Note: Room for improvement after switching from safety to cornerback in his final season at Utah.
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona: Chicago Bears, No. 117
Note: Draft stock took a hit from slow 40 time and diminished value of running backs in the NFL after running for more than 1,800 yards in his final two seasons.
LB Carl Bradford, Arizona State: Green Bay Packers, No. 121
Note: Left early to become first ASU linebacker drafted since Travis Goethel in 2010 (Raiders).
RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon: Kansas City Chiefs, No. 124
Note: Perhaps more so than any other from the conference, it will be interesting to see how his game -- based mostly on speed -- translates to the NFL.
LB Khairi Fortt, California: New Orleans Saints, No. 126
Note: Penn State transfer was one of two Cal players to get drafted (Richard Rodgers).
OT Cameron Fleming, Stanford: New England Patriots, No. 140
Note: Mild upset that he was drafted before teammate David Yankey, the more decorated player in college. Also, check out this excellent Grantland profile of Fleming leading up to the draft.
DE Taylor Hart, Oregon: Philadelphia Eagles, No. 141
Note: No surprise here. Chip Kelly has not shied away from taking Ducks and Pac-12 players.
OG David Yankey, Stanford: Minnesota Vikings, No. 145
Note: Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is the father of Stanford offensive lineman Nick Davidson.
CB Shaquille Richardson, Arizona: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 157
Note: The Steelers had more defensive backs over the age of 30 than any team in the NFL last season.
S Ed Reynolds, Stanford: Philadelphia Eagles, No. 162
Note: Will join former Stanford teammate Zach Ertz with the Eagles.
OLB Devon Kennard, USC: New York Giants, No. 174
Note: Experienced at both defensive end and outside linebacker, Kennard joins a Giants team that employs a 4-3 defense.
LB Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 192
Note: On the surface it's a perfect fit. Zumwalt's blue-collar reputation should mesh well in Pittsburgh.
RB Marion Grice, Arizona State: San Diego Chargers, No. 201
Note: Good chance to make the roster as a third-down back.
RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford: Carolina Panthers, No. 204
Note: Was a 24th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, but put baseball dreams on hold to pursue football.
LB Marquis Flowers, Arizona: Cincinnati Bengals, No. 212
Note: Flowers will join a linebacker group that includes former college rival Vontaze Burfict, formerly of Arizona State.
DE Ben Gardner, Stanford: Dallas Cowboys, No. 231
Note: Snubbed from the Senior Bowl, Gardner received all-Pac-12 honors three times and was a first-team selection as a senior.
LB Trevor Reilly, Utah: New York Jets, No. 233
Note: Supported wife and two kids during senior season by buying various items, often electronics, online and selling them for more elsewhere.
CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon: Dallas Cowboys, No. 254.
Note: Left with a season of eligibility remaining. Third-to-last pick of the draft.