2014 NFL Draft: Pac-12 early declarations overview: Pac-12 prospects make good and bad decisions

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Guys like Paul Richardson, De'Anthony Thomas and David Yankey made good decisions, others... not so much.

Dion Bailey Jr. S USC

Good or bad idea? Good. Bailey is probably a second or third rounder and because he isn't a phenomenal athlete and a bit of a tweener, I don't know if he could get into the first round even with a better senior season and with the coaching change at USC, you can't blame him for heading out.

Where he will go? Late second or early third round.

Carl Bradford Jr. LB Arizona State

Good or bad idea? Good. I initially was leaning towards bad, but Bradford already graduated and has the tools to be a rush end/linebacker at the next level already and would have to play next year as a huge focus for double teams for opposing offenses due to the fact that most of Arizona State's other defensive standouts graduated.

Where he will go? Early to mid third round.

Ka'Deem Carey Jr. RB Arizona

Good or bad idea? Good. Carey should be the first running back taken in the draft and has racked up a ton of carries already in college.

Where he will go? Early to mid second round.

Brandin Cooks Jr. WR Oregon State

Good idea or bad idea? Good. There is almost no realistic way that Cooks could top his 2013 campaign and with his lack of size, he has probably already hit his NFL Draft stock ceiling.

Where he will go? Early to mid second round.

Scott Crichton Jr. DE Oregon State

Good idea or bad idea? Good. Crichton gets by on a lot of motor and hustle so he has probably reached his ceiling and has the chance to get into the first round.

Where he will go? Late first or early second round.

Cameron Fleming Jr. T Stanford

Good idea or bad idea? Bad. Fleming is a first round type guy physically, but still needs a little bit of polish and could have gotten that with one more year of work.

Where he will go? Mid to late third round.

Khairi Fortt Jr. LB Cal

Good idea or bad idea? Bad. I don't think anyone blames Fortt for wanting to get out of Berkeley right now, and he has enough physical tools to be a mid-round draft pick, but he has a high ceiling that he could have maximized with a good 2014 season.

Where he will go? Late fifth or early sixth round.

Xavier Grimble Jr. TE USC

Good or bad idea? Bad. Grimble is so big and athletic that he will pretty much always be a good NFL prospect, but all it would really take is one season of good production to turn him into a first round draft pick and he could have done that in 2014.

Where he will go? Late fourth to early fifth round.

Kameron Jackson Jr. CB Cal

Good or bad idea? Bad. Probably the strangest decision of early entry season in the Pac-12. Jackson will have to work to even get drafted.

Where he will go? Undrafted free agent.

Marqise Lee Jr. WR USC

Good or bad idea? Good. Lee lost a lot of stock due to injuries in 2013, but is still a first rounder and has no reason to come back and risk hurting his stock.

Where he will go? Mid to late first round.

Marcus Martin Jr. C USC

Good or bad idea? Unclear. I don't know the extent of Martin's injuries that ended his season against UCLA enough to judge whether or not moving onto the next level was a good move.

Where he will go? Mid to late fifth round.

Terrance Mitchell Jr. CB Oregon

Good or bad idea? Bad. Mitchell is a good college cornerback, but never should have been in a hurry to get to the NFL as he is probably a mid round pick at best right now and could have improved his stock with another good season.

Where he will go? Late fourth to early fifth round.

Viliami Moala Jr. DT Cal

Good or bad idea? Bad. This one competes with Jackson for the worst decision. Moala has the size, but not much else right now and needed a breakout season to truly be a draft prospect.

Where he will go? Late seventh round or undrafted free agent.

Jake Murphy Jr. TE Utah

Good or bad idea? Good. I initially thought bad, but that was before I realized how old Murphy is and he should start getting paid to play football.

Where he will go? Early to mid sixth round.

Ed Reynolds Jr. S Stanford

Good or bad idea? Bad. Reynolds had a better 2012 season than 2013 as he wasn't as good in pass coverage and he hurt his stock a little bit. He might have been better served by returning for his senior season and boosting his pass defense skills.

Where he will go? Early to mid third round.

Paul Richardson Jr. WR Colorado

Good or bad idea? Good. A lot of people don't like Richardson's decision, but I do. He already missed a season to injury, no need to risk it again, he's a better talent than most realize because people rarely saw him play and there's no reason to stick around a struggling Colorado program.

Where he will go? Late second to early third round.

Richard Rodgers Jr. WR/TE Cal

Good or bad idea? Bad. Rodgers is a great athlete that most people don't know about because he played for Cal and his raw skills make him a good prospect, but he could have turned himself into an elite prospect with one more really good season.

Where he will go? Late third to early fourth round.

Bishop Sankey Jr. RB Washington

Good or bad idea? Good. Sankey more than maximized his stock during his time at Washington and needs to start getting paid.

Where he will go? Mid to late second round.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jr. TE Washington

Good or bad idea? Good. Seferian-Jenkins had a better 2012 than 2013 and might have a chance to be a first round pick if he came back in 2013, but that is far from a guarantee, especially with a new coaching staff at Washington.

Where he will go? Mid to late second around.

Xavier Su'a-Filo Jr. G UCLA

Good or bad idea? Good. Su'a-Filo is old for his class since he took a mission and he has reached his maximum potential so he needs to go start getting paid.

Where he will go? Mid to late second round.

De'Anthony Thomas Jr. RB Oregon

Good or bad idea? Good. A lot of people don't like Thomas' decision, but it makes sense. He's always going to be a hard guy to peg, so he might as well get started on getting it figured out at the professional level and his out of this world athleticism will get him drafted in a good round.

Where he will go? Late second to early third round.

George Uko Jr. DE USC

Good or bad idea? Bad. Uko is a physical freak that actually was probably only the third best defensive lineman on the Trojans, but that physicality will make him a good draft pick. Still, he could have turned himself into a first round draft pick with another season.

Where he will go? Mid to late third round.

David Yankey Jr. G Stanford

Good or bad idea? Good. Yankey has done about everything you can do as a college lineman and now it's time to get drafted.

Where he will go? Mid to late second round.

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