This week's Pac-12 mailbag considers possible expansion, the state of the California Golden Bears and how the conference fared in the NFL draft.
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Arizona State and UCLA have talent and experience, while some other teams are in a moment of transition.
Many Trojans will be taken in 2017 draft
They may not have formed the most formidable team while at USC, but the players that the school will send to the NFL next year are all talented. There will be a deep talent exportation next winter. Teams with most 2017 draft talent (Insider)
Do Bucs need another WR?
With an aging Vincent Jackson and no receivers taken in this year's Bucs draft, JuJu Smith-Schuster could be the player to pick in next year's NFL draft for Tampa Bay. Way-too-early 2017 mock draft (Insider)
USC is ahead of the pack when it comes to pass-catchers, but there is depth across the division.
Sportscaster Jim Lampley discusses Alvarez's impact in boxing, his relationship with OJ Simpson, the Rams draft pick & his thoughts about Roy Williams' situation.
Hawkins has mindset for coaching
Using Mark Schlabach's top 25, our college football writers chose a player from each team who they think could fill the role as head coach. Kevin Gemmell notes that USC coaches and teammates often talk about safety Chris Hawkins' "cerebral" approach to the game. Coach 'em up
Is Max Browne the new hope?
USC may need him to be. The Trojans don't have to send their distress signal in a droid; we've seen how much they've sputtered on offense over the last few seasons. May the No. 4s be with you
Stanford and Washington are in the best shape of any conference teams, but most of the others are off to slow starts.
Trojans have strong slate
USC doesn't waste any time getting to its toughest non-conference opponent. Alabama comes calling in Week 1. How would an average FBS team be expected to fare against the Trojans' schedule? Toughest schedules (Insider)
A look at the top five breakout players this spring in the Pac-12, a list that includes two early enrollee's, a Stanford wideout and two defenders.
The Pac-12 didn't see the draft results it had anticipated, which should add to what is expected to be a downcast mood at the league's meetings.
Highlights: Kevon Seymour
The Bills bolstered their defensive backfield late in Round 6, adding the former USC safety. Check out some of Seymour's best highlights.
Could Kessler be the key in Cleveland?
Our Todd McShay isn't sold. He doesn't see Cody Kessler as having the arm to cut through windy winter in the AFC North. Best/riskiest picks of Day 2 (Insider)
Highlights: Cody Kessler
The Browns opted for the USC quarterback with the 93rd overall pick. Check out some of Kessler's best highlights.
Highlights: Max Tuerk
The Chargers took the USC product with the 66th overall pick. Check out some of Tuerk's best highlights.
Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer
Su'a Cravens is a moveable piece in the game plan. Projects as a LB in the Redskins base scheme, but his impact should come in nickel/dime situations. He's that hybrid defender. Rush and cover.
McShay scouting report: Su'a Cravens
Get to know the newest Redskin, No. 53 overall pick Su'a Cravens. Todd McShay breaks down the former USC playmaker.
Which Pac-12 player drafted in the first round will be most successful? Should Myles Jack have stayed in school? We have the answers.
Four Pac-12 players were taken in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday. Here are 10 more who could come off the board Friday on Day 2.
Round 2: Cravens best fit for Chiefs at 59
Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Kansas City should draft S Su'a Cravens, who would be a strong fit at strong safety next to Eric Berry. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)
Too early to consider the 2017 NFL draft? Never. Here are 10 Pac-12 players to watch this season with an eye toward the next level.
Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation
Offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson is the No. 2 overall recruit in the country, and he recently released a top five of Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and USC.
The Trojans' defense had its ups and downs last season. Clancy Pendergast is back, though, and he brings a scheme that has worked before at USC.