The Top 10 Pac-12 Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft

Harry How

Dion Jordan and Star Lotulelei are sure-fire first round draft picks.

1. Dion Jordan 6'6 248 DE Oregon

Projection - Top 5 pick (Somewhere between 2-5)

Jordan has blown up during the combine and pro day circuit more than any other Pac-12 player that I can ever remember. The former tight end brings freakish athleticism and a rangy 6'6 frame to the position that has made scouts drool. Pass rushers have quickly become the most important weapon for an NFL defense to have, so Jordan should come off of the board very quickly, as early as the second pick. It will be interesting to see how Jordan pans out though as his measurables great outweigh his production as he finished his four-year college career with fewer than 15 sacks and arguably had a better junior year than senior year.

2. Star Lotulelei 6'2 311 DT Utah

Projection - Top 15 pick (Somewhere between 7-15)

Lotulelei looked like he might have a chance to be the top overall pick in the draft before he was diagnosed with a potential heart issue at the combine and his future came into question. The good news is that testing since those results have been positive and though it damaged his stock a bit, he is still a guy who assuredly will go in the better half of the first round. A monster defensive tackle, Lotulelei is the kind of coveted guy who can shut down the middle and plug the run like Haloti Ngata. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise to see some teams be wary due to the initial results of Lotulelei's testing and have him slip a little bit further than he should.

3. Matt Barkley 6'2 227 QB USC

Projection - Somewhere in the first round

It seems like nothing has gone that well for Barkley since he decided to come back for his senior year at USC even though he was a sure fire first round pick in 2012. This is a lot higher than most have Barkley on their boards right now and from a sheer potential and stock standpoint he is much further down the board, but the fact is that he plays quarterback, there are very few good quarterbacks in this draft and teams always reach for them. Barkley's situation reminds of Jake Locker's where he came back for his senior year only to hurt his stock but ended up going in the first round because teams were desperate for quarterbacks.

4. Keenan Allen 6'2 206 WR Cal Jr.

Projection - Late first round/early second round

Allen might be the best "big" receiver prospect in this year's draft and even though he is recovering from a knee injury, the skills, production and strength he showed during his three years at Cal are too impressive to have him not be taken in the first 40 or so picks. Allen ran an alarmingly slow 4.7 40-yard dash at his pro day, but that could be contributed to his knee injury a little bit and he is more of a route runner and gamer anyways who has better on-field speed than track speed. Along with holding great potential to be a possession at the next level, he is particularly dangerous once he gets the ball in his hands with his ability to break tackles and turn an 8-yard route into a big play.

5. Desmond Trufant 5'11 190 CB Washington

Projection - Late first round/early second round

Trufant blew up in 2012 after having disappointing seasons in 2010 and 2011. With his good size, deceptive speed and ball skills, Trufant has raised his stock in workouts too. He fits the physical and mental mold of a NFL cornerback and he isn't afraid of a challenge as he showed during the season by virtually shutting down Marqise Lee. Trufant could get scooped up by a number of teams in the late first round but might slip into the second.

6. Datone Jones 6'4 283 DE UCLA

Projection - Late first round/early second round

Like Jordan, Jones has seen his stock skyrocket since the season largely due to his potential and physical intangibles. Jones wasn't a star at UCLA, but was very, very solid and has the ideal body for an NFL defensive end. Jones' physical tools will likely get him off the board either late in the first round or early in the second round.

7. Zach Ertz 6'5 249 TE Stanford Jr.

Projection - Early to mid-second round

Ertz is one of the best of the bunch in a relatively weak class of tight ends this year. Ertz isn't a guy whose measurables jump off of the page but he was the nation's most productive tight end in 2012 and already knows how to be a go-to guy in a pro-style offense.

8. Robert Woods 6'0 201 WR USC Jr.

Projection - Early to mid-second round

Woods actually may have had more buzz after his sophomore season before Marqise Lee blew up and stole a lot of his spotlight. Still, Woods is one of the fastest receivers at the top of the draft, has decent size and has proven that he can make big plays time and time again.

9. Kiko Alonso 6'3 238 LB Oregon

Projection - Late second to early third round

Another guy who has shot up draft boards because of his great performances since the season has ended. Alonso was one of the most underrated defensive players in the Pac-12 in 2012 and it looks like the impressive linebacker is finally getting the attention that he deserves.

10. Jordan Poyer 5'11 197 CB Oregon State

Projection - Late second to early third round

Poyer is a physical ballhawk who was the best cornerback in the conference last season, but doesn't quite have the speed that Trufant does.

Others to look out for

Kyle Long 6'6 313 T Oregon

Johnathan Franklin 5'10 205 RB UCLA

Markus Wheaton 5'11 189 WR Oregon State

David Bakhtiari 6'4 299 T Colorado Jr.

Stepfan Taylor 5'9 214 RB Stanford

Matt Scott 6'2 213 QB Arizona

T.J. McDonald 6'2 219 S USC

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