2013 NFL Draft - Top Pac-12 Prospects

Posted Apr 16, 2013

2013 NFL Draft - Top Pac-12 Prospects. Who are the best and brightest NFL prospects from each league?

2013 NFL Draft 

Top 5 Pac-12 Players

By Pete Fiutak
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2013 NFL Draft Analysis
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers 

Top 5 Conference Prospects
- ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC 

1. DT Star Lotuleilei, Utah 6-3, 311
If it wasn't for a concern about his heart – literally, his heart and not his desire to play – he'd be a sure-thing top three overall pick if not No. 1 overall. While he's not going to be a Haloti Ngata-like Hall of Fame-like rock in the middle, he's a great anchor who not only holds up well against the run, but also can get off the ball in a hurry and get into the backfield. Keeping his weight and conditioning in check will be a must, and he'll have to try to keep the pounds off to keep his quickness, but he's ridiculously strong and won't have any problems holding down the interior.

Does he have the fire and the punch to be great? He doesn't kick it in full-tilt for a full sixty minutes, and he was way too inconsistent considering he was often the best player on the field. He has the interior quickness, but he didn't generate enough big hits on the quarterback. He'll have moments when he destroys a line, and there will be other times when he's not heard from. Even so, he's a Pro Bowl talent who'll be a cornerstone of a defense is the medical problems aren't too much to overcome.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon 6-6, 248
A former tight end, he's extremely athletic with an elite frame and great athleticism to grow into a top pass rusher. Fast and explosive, he can both fly into the backfield and can hang around with receivers in pass coverage. A tweener in a good way, he can work as a 4-3 pass rushing end or find a role as a huge 3-4 outside linebacker who'll engulf everything that comes his way. Now he has to grow a bit more into his body and pack on more functional muscle. Too skinny and too light, he needs to beef up a bit to be able to handle himself as an end, and he has to learn how to stay upright when blockers try to chop him down. Even with all the concerns, teams are going to fall in love with his upside with a different skill set to develop and work with. He'll be way overdrafted – he's hardly a sure thing considering he'll probably go in the top 15 – and he could disappoint early on. It'll take a little while before he starts producing at a high level.
CFN Projection: Second Round

3. WR Keenan Allen, California (Jr.) 6-2, 206
It would be nice if he was a little bit faster, but he's fast on the field and moves effortlessly with easy cutting ability and good straight-line speed when the ball is in the air. A fighter, he'll go after a ball and isn't afraid to shove someone around to make a play. The raw speed isn't there to take the top off a defense, and he might turn into more of a possession target if he can't stay healthy – there were leg problems at the end of last season – but there's still a lot to get excited about. If he can regain his sophomore year production and upside, and if he can get past knee and ankle injuries, he'll be a sure thing in the slot.
CFN Projection: Second Round

4. QB Matt Barkley, USC 6-2, 227
Personality-wise, he's exactly what you want in a franchise quarterback to build around. There's no questioning his leadership, smarts, attitude or the respect factor – his teammates will follow him blindly – with the The Guy mentality without all the baggage. A pure pro-style quarterback, he has been groomed for the NFL since high school with flawless mechanics and the ability to quickly read defenses and check into the right play. Everything is in place to become an elite of the elite pro quarterback except for some of the raw physical tools.

The arm is fine, but nothing special, and while he throws a good deep ball, he's not going to be able to rely on a fastball at the next level. While he's not small, he doesn't have the tall, Tom Brady/Joe Flacco look or frame, and he doesn't get the ball out of his hands in a hurry. He's good enough to be an NFL starter, and his personality will make him fans in the locker room and in the stands, but he doesn't do any one thing at a highest of high levels. He's more functional than fantastic, but that could be okay if he doesn't have to carry a team.
CFN Projection: First Round

5. CB Desmond Trufant, Washington 6-0, 190
All the abilities are there to become a solid NFL starting corner for a long, long time, including the bloodlines with brothers Marcus and Isaiah each in the league. Big, fast and smooth, he moves and works like a professional defensive back and should be ready right out of the box. Sticky, he doesn't lose his man and is more than happy to fight and battle a receiver for the ball. Not a great tackler, he'll get the job done but he's not the most physical of hitters and allows too many yards after the grab. Production-wise, he didn't make nearly as many big plays as he should've considering his athleticism and experience, missing on way too many interception opportunities. He's not going to be an elite corner to work a defense around, but he should be a good starter in nickel and dime situations and could shine as a No. 2 corner on the other side of an elite playmaker.
CFN Projection: Second Round