Pac-12's Best Draft Eligible Prospects

Jun. 18 -- Here's a look at each Pac-12 school's top 2016 draft eligible prospect. UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is one of the country's best overall players and a potential top ten selection. In a league known for offense, there are a handful of defensive stars that should follow Jack like USC's Su'a Cravens and Oregon's DeForest Buckner...

2016 Top 50 NFL Draft Eligible Prospects

Top Eligible Draft Prospect For Each SEC School
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Top Eligible Draft Prospect For Each Big 12 School

This week I will take a look at each program's top draft eligible prospect for 2016 in the Power Five conferences. Today I examine the Pac-12.


Myles Jack is the next Jack of all trades from the Pac 12. He has been a big time playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Bruins at running back and linebacker. That happens at the high school level but is a rarity in college. Jack's a dynamic and explosive athlete at 6-1/232-pounds. He plays with passion and aggression. He's physical and hard-hitting and dynamic against the run. Jack needs to round out his overall game and that should come with time. Jack has 25 starts at linebacker over his first two seasons and one at running back. He has 163 tackles and 10 rushing touchdowns in two seasons at UCLA. Jack's one of my favorite players in college football.

2) Oregon

DeForest Buckner is a tall and rangy player that has played several positions on the Oregon defensive front both inside and out. This is a big Duck at 6-foot-7. For his size, he moves like a basketball small forward, showing good short area quickness and the ability to play in space. This lateral range coupled with his speed, athleticism and length makes him a dangerous defenisve end prospect. Buckner has recorded 19.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks over his Oregon career. This is a player that goes hard on every down. He's on track for a big season this fall that could set him up big time next spring for the draft.

3) USC

Su'a Cravens has been a two-year starter for the Trojans and has racked up 120 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups. At 6-1/225 he has showed the ability to make plays all over the field for USC since day one as a Trojan. He's played both strong safety and linebacker and projects best in the secondary because of his size. This player is extremely athletic, has good speed and excellent range.

4) Arizona

I am not sure there has been a more productive defensive player in the country that this cat from Arizona. Scooby Wright was an under the radar recruit that has been a star in the desert from day one. His numbers are incredible - 41 tackles for a loss, 182 tackles, and 14.5 sacks in two years while playing outside linebacker, inside linebacker and defensive end. This is a physical player with deceptive athleticism. He's versatile and can make plays within the box or in space. At times he can be explosive. This guy is just a football player.

5) Utah

One of the very best running backs in all of college football is Utah’s Devontae Booker. Booker, 5-foot-11, 212-pounds, is coming off a terrific 2014 season where he rushed for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns and finished First Team All-Pac-12. He signed with Washington State before transferring to American River College. Booker can do everything from running between the tackles to catching the ball out of the backfield. He can run with power and he’s blessed with good speed and the ability to make defenders miss. Watch this Ute, as he could have a monster 2015 campaign.

6) Cal

Jared Goff is a two-year starter that really had a breakout 2014 campaign in that high octane Bears offense. Just last season alone he set 15 team passing records. He completed 62% of his passes for 3,973 yards, 35 touchdowns, and only seven picks in 509 attempts. This is coming off a 3,500 yard plus freshman season. He’s poised for an absolutely monster year, especially considering the offensive weapons Cal has surrounded him with. There’s no question Goff will push Cody Kessler for top honors in the conference at the QB position.

7) Arizona State

D.J. Foster will be perfectly suited in today’s NFL as a running back and receiver threat out of the backfield. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior has been a very productive player both running the football and catching passes. He has over 1,500 career rushing yards and 1,500 career receiving yards. This spring he made the switch to wide receiver at Arizona State because of the nice depth the Sun Devils have at running back. In the right offensive scheme Foster could be a terrific player on Sundays.

8) Colorado

The Buffaloes have Nelson Spruce but at this time Josh Tupou just may be their top draft eligible prospect. This defensive tackle is 6-foot-3, 325-pounds. He’s an anchor on the defensive front that eats up blockers. He’s basically been a three-year starter going into his senior season. Over that time Tupou has 104 tackles and 12 tackles for a loss. He has the ability to play nose guard or defensive tackle at the next level.

9) Stanford

Kevin Hogan is a 5th year senior who returns for his final season in Palo Alto with a ton of experience and a lot of talent. He’s 24-8 as a starter. Last season Hogan started all 13 games, passing for 2,782 yards and 19 touchdown passes. The prior season he posted similar numbers – 2,630 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes. Hogan should have a very good 2015 season. This is a big, smart and experienced quarterback that will have a chance to be a part of an NFL roster for a long time.

10) Oregon State

If offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo was healthy then he would be a slam dunk here. But this versatile talent missed spring as his foot is still not 100%. His status for this fall is unknown. So I probably need to go with running back Storm Woods or cornerback Larry Scott. Lets go with the senior Woods now. He will need to come up huge for new coach Gary Andersen and the Beavers in 2015, as they are replacing a bunch of starters including quarterback Sean Mannion. Last year he rushed for 766 yards and five touchdowns and caught 26 passes. He has a ton of experience and 31 career starts. The 6-foot-0, 212-pounder has rushed for 2,183 yards and 24 touchdowns in three seasons at Oregon State. He also has 11 receptions for 932 yards and two more scores, so Woods has been a highly productive player.

11) Washington

It doesn’t look like their will be a bevy of high round draft picks from the University of Washington in the next NFL Draft but there still will be a few players selected. Two to consider are linebacker Travis Feeney and guard Dexter Charles. At this point I would lean more towards Feeney and his upside as an outside linebacker. He’s a 6-foot-4, 223-pound senior that has 191 tackles, 7.5 sacks and four interceptions over his playing career. Over the past three seasons Fenney has started 20 times. He came to the Huskies as a safety and grew into a linebacker. Washington needs a big season from their lone returning starter on this unit with Shaq Thompson and Hau’oli Kikaha now in the NFL. Playing with better consistency will be big for Feeney.

12) Washington State

The Cougars and Mike Leach have a big interior offensive line prospect in red-shirt senior Gunnar Eklund. He has the size of a tackle at 6-foot-7, 305-pounds and started at left tackle in 2012 and 2013. This past season he made a dozen starts at guard. This versatility will bode well for him as he transitions to the NFL in 2016.

2016 Top 50 NFL Draft Eligible Prospects

Top Eligible Draft Prospect For Each SEC School
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Top Eligible Draft Prospect For Each Big 12 School

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