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Top 3 Players from the Pac 12 (Offense)

Our second installment of a top prospects from a Power 5 conference brings us to the west coast of America as we take a look at the Big 10 conference. The Pac-12 is routinely one of the best conferences in football as top-to-bottom, they’re right up there with the SEC.

Quarterbacks

Jake Browning (Washington) – This is a very weak year for Pac-12 quarterbacks, and Jake Browning is nowhere near a starting NFL caliber quarterback. He doesn’t have the arm strength to succeed, but he does have accuracy, intelligence, and a winning record. He deserves a spot on a roster as a late round pick, and he should carve out a career as a backup who might make some spot starts here and there.

Gardner Minshew (Washington State) – The one-year starter thrived in Mike Leach’s system, but he doesn’t seem like someone who can do much outside it. He has a strong arm and was able to make all the throws that were needed of him, but it’s tough to make that transition from the air raid offense to the NFL.

Manny Wilkins (Arizona State) – Manny Wilkins doesn’t really belong on this list, but as literally the only other eligible quarterback from the Pac-12 since Justin Herbert decided to go back to school. Wilkins has shown some flashes and had some success at the college level, but probably doesn’t have an NFL future ahead of him.

Running Backs

Myles Gaskin (Washington) – A proven workhorse, Gaskin deserves a shot as a mid-round pick and should carve out a spot as at least a two back on an NFL roster. Gaskin is undersized, but has dominated the Pac-12, rushing for over 1,000 yards in all four years on campus at Washington.

Bryce Love (Stanford) – He took a major tumble down draft boards due to a plethora of injuries, including a torn Achilles. If he can prove that he’s healthy, Love should still be able to find his way in the league as a change of pace back. He ran a 4.4 40 yard dash when he was healthy, and could succeed as an outside zone back.

James Williams (Washington State)- The Washington State “running” back has great hands and speed, and with the evolution of the NFL, Williams can definitely find himself a place as a third down back.

Wide Receivers

N’Keal Harry (Arizona State) – Wide receiver one in this draft class, Harry has the size, strength, route running ability, and hands to be an incredibly reliable target for this class. There are questions about how well he’ll run at the NFL Combine, but honestly that doesn’t concern me very much. He has the potential to be a number one wide receiver for a long time.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford) – An excellent jump ball receiver, Arcega-Whiteside has the potential to be a red zone threat in the NFL, and should be an incredibly exciting player to watch. Just like Harry, the biggest question surrounding Arcega-Whiteside will be his 40 time, and he might take a tumble on Day Two.

Dillon Mitchell (Oregon) – An exciting, athletic receiver, Mitchell can be a surprising player who knows how to make plays in open space. Justin Herbert’s top target at Oregon has a ton of potential at the next level and could be an intriguing pick late on Day Two or early on Day Three for a team that needs a receiver.

Tight Ends

Drew Sample (Washington) – The full package at tight end, Sample is an excellent blocker and receiver. He has great hands, even though they don’t show up very much on his college tape, as he was utilized much more as a blocker.

Kaden Smith (Stanford) – Smith is the definition of a mismatch at receiver. At 6’7, he should be an impact red zone threat right away.

Caleb Wilson (UCLA) – UCLA’s leading receiver on the season, Wilson is a reliable target and could be a great complimentary piece at the next level.

Offensive Line

Andre Dillard (Washington State) – The Washington State product has been a riser up many team’s draft boards, and according to scouts, he has the potential to be drafted at the end of Round 1. He’s an excellent pass blocker, and should be a plug and play at right tackle.

Kaleb McGary (Washington) – A natural right tackle, McGary didn’t miss a game through his four years at Washington. He’s shown prowess as a blocker in the pass and run game, and could be a steal towards the end of Day Two.

Chuma Edoga (USC) – A prime candidate to be moved inside to guard, Edoga struggled with injuries a bit in 2018, but he still has very high upside, and should hear his name early on Day Three.