Pac-12: Keith Ellison

Kiper's first mock NFL draft

January, 18, 2012
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ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. projects that five Pac-12 players will be among the 32 picks of the first round of this spring's NFL draft.

Here's how Kiper sees things going.
The Burfict pick to the Ravens feels perfect. If anyone can reach Burfict and screw his head on straight, it's Ray Lewis, Burfict's favorite player.

Kiper also rates the top-five players by position. Luck is the No. 1 QB, Kalil is the No. 1 OT and DeCastro is the No. 1 OG.

Some other Pac-12 players who made the top five.
  • Martin is the No. 3 OT. Perry is the No. 5 DE. Burfict is the No. 2 ILB.
  • Arizona's Nick Foles is the No. 3 QB.
  • Oregon's LaMichael James is the No. 4 RB. Washington's Chris Polk is the No. 5 RB. Ducks and Huskies fans seemed very focused on who might go first in the draft.
  • Colorado's Ryan Miller is No. 5 at OG.
  • USC's Rhett Ellison is the No. 2 FB. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Ellison could play tight end or H-back, too.
  • Stanford's Coby Fleener is the No. 3 TE.
  • California's Mychal Kendricks is the No. 5 ILB.
  • Cal's Bryan Anger is the No. 2 punter.

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