Now that NFL Draft early entries are finalized we know exactly how much talent each Pac-12 team has returning in 2014. Taking a look at last year's depth charts across the Pac-12 and noting who is departing, here are the rankings for which Pac-12 teams are losing the most and least talent from 2013.
At first glance it might seem like some of the conference's struggling teams should be excited about not losing much talent, but keep in mind that part of the reason that they didn't lose a ton of talent is the fact that they don't have too much to lose to begin with. Where it matters most is at the top where you can see teams like Stanford, Arizona State and USC who lose more talent than teams at their level right now like Oregon, UCLA and Washington.
1. Stanford - The Cardinal lose a lot more than anyone else in the conference from a talent and an experience perspective and maybe more than any other team in the nation. Stanford has recruited exceptionally well under David Shaw, so they have plenty left in the cupboards, but you have to wonder if they will fall back a bit when you look at the list of parting players that includes a couple handfuls of guys that have dominated the Pac-12 the past few seasons.
2. Arizona State - The Sun Devils literally lose almost their entire defense - eight starters and some key depth guys. They will have to completely reload their defense going into 2014, particularly up front where they lose Will Sutton. Things are better on the offensive side of the ball, but they still lose three of their best players in Marion Grice, Evan Finkenberg and Chris Coyle.
Biggest losses - DT Will Sutton, RB Marion Grice, TE Chris Coyle, T Evan Finkenberg, S Alden Darby, DT Davon Coleman, LB Carl Bradford, LB Chris Young, CB Irashon Orabor
3. USC - The Trojans don't lose much in seniors, but were hit harder by underclassmen declaring for the draft than any other team in the conference. The Trojans lost five underclassmen to the draft and even though they do get All-American candidate Leonard Williams back, particularly lose a ton of talent along their defensive line.
4. UCLA - There is a big gap between the top three teams and UCLA in terms of how much they lose, but they do lose arguably their two best players in Anthony Barr and Xavier Su'a-Fillo. Outside of those two stars, the Bruins don't lose a ton, but do lose a few key standout players at key positions, particularly receiver and along the defensive line.
Biggest losses - LB Anthony Barr, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, WR Shaquelle Evans, DE Cassius Marsh, DE Keenan Graham, LB Jordan Zumwalt
5. Oregon - The Ducks got a lot of attention for dodging some serious bullets with Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Hroniss Grasu and especially Marcus Mariota returning to school, but they still lose a good amount of talent, particularly on defense. On offense, the Ducks only lose the electric De'Anthony Thomas, but maybe more importantly, their most reliable offensive weapon in Josh Huff, but on defense they have to fill a major whole at defensive tackle as their top three players have graduated along with three starters in the defensive backfield.
Key losses - RB De'Anthony Thomas, WR Josh Huff, DT Wade Keliikipi, DT Taylor Hart, LB Boseko Lokombo, CB Terrance Mitchell, S Avery Patterson, S Brian Jackson
6. Washington - Overall, the Huskies only lose four starters on offense and four on defense, but they do lose their big three on offense in Keith Price, Bishop Sankey and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Outside of their stars, the Huskies' biggest losses are in the secondary where they lose three starters.
Key losses - QB Keith Price, RB Bishop Sankey, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, S Sean Parker
7. Arizona - The Wildcats lose five starters on offense and five on defense, highlighted by star running back Ka'Deem Carey and quarterback B.J. Denker. Outside of those two notables, the Wildcats also lost some solid starters on defense and a couple more on offense.
8. Washington State - The Cougars lose some talent up front on offense, but do keep all of their talented receivers along with quarterback Connor Halliday. The Cougars do lose some serious on talent on defense though, especially in the secondary where they lose three starters.
Key losses - WR Brandin Cooks, DE Scott Crichton, CB Rashaad Reynolds, T Michael Philipp, WR Kevin Cummings
10. Utah - This could be worse for the Utes if they do end up losing Travis Wilson, but even if they don't they lose five starters on offense and six on defense, but are light on departing stars other than probably Trevor Reilly.
Key losses - TE Jake Murphy, C Vyncent Jones, DE Trevor Reilly, CB Keith McGill
11. Cal - Don't be fooled, the Pac-12's worst team does lose a lot of players, just not a whole lot of talent, but the sad thing is that they were players that they really needed. They shockingly lost five underclassmen to the draft and now are going to have a reload at a lot of positions where they probably didn't expect to.
Key losses - WR/TE Richard Rodgers, RB Brendan Bigelow, DT DeAndre Coleman, DT Viliami Moala, LB Khairi Fortt, CB Kameron Jackson
12. Colorado - The good news for the Buffs is that they don't lose a ton of overall talent, but they do probably lose their best offensive player and maybe their two best defensive players. Overall though, they lose only four starters on offense and three on defense.
Key losses - WR Paul Richardson, DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe, LB Jordan Webb