Pac-12 Blog

By: Alex Khvatov



Top Underclassmen in the PAC-12 available for the 2013 NFL Draft 

Junior WR Keenan Allen (California) – One of the top wide receivers available in the 2013 NFL Draft.  He has ideal size (6’3, 210), good hands, precise route running ability and elusiveness after the catch.  He will be selected in the first round.           

Junior WR Robert Woods (USC) – Another underclassman receiver that should be selected in the first round if he decides to leave school early.  Good hands, excellent route runner, fast and has the ability to stretch the field.  He hasn’t been quite the playmaker this season that we have all been accustomed to, but I expect him to pick it up in the second half of the season.           

Redshirt Sophomore LB Dion Bailey (USC) – He was a freshman of the year in the PAC-12 last season.  He had 81 total tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.  He is a playmaker.  Bailey is an athletic, quick LB with a nose for the ball.  His size will hurt him on draft day (6’0”, 210 pounds) and he might be forced to move to safety in the pros.    

Junior TE Zach Ertz (Stanford) – Zach Ertz became the starting tight end this year.  He has ideal size and very soft hands.  He is a major target in the red zone.  He shows good body control.  He needs to improve as a route runner.             

Junior CB Nickell Robey (USC) – Robey is a small corner at 5’8 and 168 pounds.  But he plays much bigger than his size would indicate.  He is always around the ball.  The junior corner is an instinctive player with speed.  He also has very good ball skills.  He should be selected in the 2nd or the 3rd round.     

Junior WR Marquess Wilson (Washington State)Wilson has been a playmaker for the Cougars ever since his freshman season.  He is a big receiver that uses his body to his advantage especially in the red zone.  I have seen him drop a few catchable passes and run sloppy routes this season.  I also have serious questions about his speed.  He is more of a third round prospect.    

Junior LB Trent Murphy (Stanford) – 6’5, 261 pound linebacker showed off his speed on a 40 yard TD return against the Huskies last week.  He is quick off the line and shows the ability to wreak havoc in the backfield.  His senior teammates Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov get more recognition, but Murphy is a name to keep an eye on.  He is ideal for a team that runs a 3-4 defensive scheme.        

Junior DE DeAndre Coleman (California) – He has ideal size (6’5, 309) and great strength.  Coleman is a very versatile player.  He can line up in multiple schemes.  He is Cal’s active leader in tackles for loss.  Former Cal players Tyson Alualu and Cameron Jordan were both first round picks, and I believe that Coleman can also achieve that feat.       

Junior QB Keith Price (Washington) – Price is an athletic QB who is very accurate on short and intermediate passes.  He throws well on the run.  He lacks the size and a big arm.  The junior QB is not having the same success that he had last year.  He should definitely come back for his senior season.    

Junior OT David Bakhtiari (Colorado) – He is the starting left tackle for Colorado.  Bakhtiari has quick feet and excels in pass protection.  He is strong.  He needs to improve as a run blocker.  He is the top PAC-12 offensive tackle available in the 2013 Draft.       

Other names to consider that are eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft:  RB Silas Redd (USC), TE Levine Toilolo (Stanford), DT Cassius Marsh (UCLA), DT Will Sutton (Arizona State), LB Hayes Pullard (USC), LB Anthony Barr (UCLA), LB Jordan Zumwait (UCLA), CB Steve Williams (California), S Deone Bucannon (Washington State), S Marquis Flowers (Arizona).




Five Breakout Players for the 2012-2013 Season

Sophomore WR Kasen Williams 6’2, 216 (Washington) – He had 36 receptions for 427 yards and six touchdowns during his freshman campaign.  Wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar have graduated.  There are whispers that Kasen has gotten stronger and faster in the off-season.  He will be Keith Price’s favorite target this year and he is about to blowup.   


Junior DE Deandre Coleman 6’5, 309 (California) – He has played in 25 games, although starting only a couple of them, in his two years at Cal.  He will be the starting DE in 2012.  He is currently Cal’s active career leader in tackles for loss.  He is big, strong and can get to the QB.  With a strong year, he can work his way into first round conversation in next year’s draft.      


Senior DE Datone Jones 6’4, 275 (UCLA) – Jones hasn’t lived up to his potential thus far.  He has been inconsistent throughout his career.  He had only three sacks last season.  He is an athlete with good size and long arms.  Jones will be the starting DE in the new 3-4 scheme that UCLA has installed.  He still has upside, and I am expecting him to breakout.   


Sophomore RB Ka'Deem Carey 5’10, 205 (Arizona) – Carey had 91 carries, 425 rushing yards, 4.7 average per carry and 6 TD’s during his freshman season.  He is well-built with good size.  He is an explosive back who explodes through the hole.         

Junior DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe 6’3, 250 (Colorado) – In the off-season, he has worked really hard in the weight room.  His specialty is getting after the QB.  He is still a bit raw, but you can’t teach size and speed.  His potential is unlimited.     



Top 15 Senior Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft


1.  QB Matt Barkley 6'2, 230 (USC) – He is entering his fourth year as the starting QB for the USC Trojans.  He has improved his decision making every year.  He is very accurate with the short and intermediate passes.  He would be an ideal QB for a West Coast offense.  He has the necessary leadership and intangibles.  He has less than ideal height and arm strength, but he is still the top senior QB on the board. 

2.  DT Star Lotulelei 6'3, 325 (Utah) – He transferred from a junior college and took the PAC-12 conference by storm in 2011.  He is a tremendous run blocker with athleticism and a quick first step.  The comparisons with Haloti Ngata of the Ravens have already surfaced.


3.  DE/LB Dion Jordan 6'6, 241 (Oregon)Jordan had a breakout 2011 campaign in which he recorded 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.  Oregon likes to move him around and use his versatility.  He has a good closing burst and long arms.  Expect him to record double digit sacks this year.  He would be an ideal fit for a team running the 3-4 scheme.


4.  FS T.J. McDonald 6'3, 205 (USC) – He has the necessary size, speed and athleticism that NFL teams covet.  He excels in pass coverage.  He does a have a tendency to get sloppy with his tackling technique.  He is the son of longtime 49er Tim McDonald.  T.J. is my number one safety in the 2013 NFL Draft.


5.  LB Chase Thomas 6'4, 240 (Stanford) – He posted 17.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and five forced fumbles last season.  He was Stanford's unquestioned leader on defense in the absense of Shayne Skov.  Versatile, instinctive LB that specializes in getting after the QB.  


6.  CB Jordan Poyer 5'11, 190 (Oregon State) – An athletic corner that burst onto the scene as a junior.  He had 12 passes broken up and four interceptions.  Poyer is a shutdown corner who plays man-to-man coverage on every play.  He is also a good return man on special teams.  


7.  CB Desmond Trufant 6'0, 185 (Washington) – In 2011, he had 14 passes broken up and two interceptions as a junior.  He has good size and length.  He has excelled in both man-to-man and zone coverages throughout his career.  He is the younger brother of Marcus Trufant (former first round pick).     


8.  LB Shayne Skov 6'3, 251 (Stanford) – Skov is a tough run defender and a good blitzer.  He   missed the majority of the 2011 season with an injury.  He also had a DUI arrest and will be suspended for one game in the beginning of the season.  He needs to prove that he is healthy.  He has been productive when he has been on the field.  He is a perfect fit as an inside linebacker in the 3-4 defensive scheme.    


9.  TE Joseph Fauria 6'7, 252 (UCLA) – He is a pass catching tight end with ideal size.  He is also a big red-zone target.  He should be the top target in the passing game for UCLA this year.  He is also the nephew of Christian Fauria (former NFL TE).    


10.  RB Cameron Marshall 5'11, 215 (Arizona State) – Last year, Marshall ran for 1,050 yards and 18 TD’s which was a school record.  He is a big, physical runner with surprising speed.  He is hard to bring down.  He will be the focal point in new head coach Todd Graham’s run oriented offense this year.  I expect him to emerge as one of the top senior running backs.


11.  C Khaled Holmes 6’4, 305 (USC) – He should be the first center off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft.  Holmes performed well in 2011 as he made the switch from guard to center.  He has good size and athleticism.  He needs to improve his technique and become more consistent because he does have a tendency to get sloppy at times.


12.  RB Kenjon Barner 5’11, 195 (Oregon) – LaMichael James has departed early for the NFL.  But Oregon still has two capable backs in Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas.  In particular, Barner has averaged more than six yards per carry over his career.  He has great speed.  He also showcases good vision and balance.            


13.  DE Wes Horton 6’5, 255 (USC) – DE Devon Kennard is most likely lost for the entire season.  Now USC has to rely on Horton even more.  It is asking for a lot since he only recorded four sacks last year.  He is a good athlete with long arms and potential.  The Trojans are hoping that this potential will finally emerge.          


14.  FS John Boyett 5’10, 202 (Oregon) – He is one of the most underrated safeties in the nation.  He is entering his fourth season as the starter.  Boyett is a very instinctive safety who is always around the ball.  He has nine career interceptions during his career.    


T15. RB Stepfan Taylor 5’11, 210 (Stanford) – Stanford will have a new QB this year, and they will lean on Taylor even more.  He had 1,330 rushing yards and 10 TD’s last season.  He is a physical runner with good vision.  He can catch the ball out of the backfield and is also a capable blocker.  That type of versatility will serve him well on draft day.    


T15. RB John White IV 5’8, 186 (Utah) – White is an underrated back who carried Utah’s offense last season.  He had 1,519 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.  He was a Juco transfer and only enters his second season with the Utes.  He is a speedster that can take it to the house anytime he touches the ball.  He should be one of the top backs in the PAC-12 again.           



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