2014 NFL Draft: Pac-12 NFL Draft sleepers

Steve Dykes

Pac-12 players who are under-the-radar or will go in a later round and have a solid NFL career.

DE Morgan Breslin USC

Breslin was better as a junior than a senior as he battled injuries in his senior season, but he is a pure edge rusher who had excellent speed for his position. He isn't very long for a defensive end at 6'2 and may have to move outside linebacker with his size, but he is a tough player that has the athleticism to transition well to the NFL.

DT DeAndre Coleman Cal

Cal has a recent history of producing players that are better NFL players than college players and Coleman could easily be another as a guy who has the physical tools, who could be a force with his size if he can turn the switch on at the next level. Coleman has the size to be a defensive tackle at the next level and the athleticism to be a defensive end.

LB Khairi Fortt Cal

See above about Cal players being better in the NFL than college and Fortt is another that fits the bill as a fantastic athlete with great size that hasn't really put it all together yet. There are a ton of great edge defenders from the Pac-12 in this year's draft and Fortt has the ability to be one of the best of them in the long run.

RB Tyler Gaffney Stanford

Stanford's battering ram doesn't have the flashy skills of a star running back going into the draft, but he does what most NFL backs need to do exceptionally well going into the draft - carry a heavy load, get the most out of every carry, take a beating and catch the ball when needed. Gaffney will go late in the draft, but is the kind of guy I could see having a very long career as a short-yardage back.

DE Taylor Hart Oregon

One of the most underrated players in the Pac-12 the past couple of years, Hart is a versatile defensive lineman that can get after the passer and hold up in run defense. He will probably be underrated in the draft as well and go later in the draft, but has the motor and versatility to become a valuable NFL defensive lineman.

WR Josh Huff Oregon

Another perpetually underrated Duck that I really like, Huff might have been the best receiver outside of Brandin Cooks in the Pac-12 in 2013. Huff battled injuries throughout his career and isn't flashy, but is a flat out gamer, with a strong, NFL build that played a huge part in the Ducks winning some games the past couple of seasons.

DE Cassius Marsh UCLA

An athletic and versatile defensive lineman with a mean streak, Marsh is a tough presence up front that isn't afraid to mix it up. He was a good, not great college player, but he has the competitive streak to turn himself into a force at the next level.

CB Keith McGill Utah

Most Pac-12 fans probably don't know who McGill is, but he has been climbing up draft boards all off-season and now could be taken in the second round. A recently-converted safety, he has idea size (6'3 205) and is just blossoming as a cornerback (He only played the position as a senior).

CB Terrence Mitchell Oregon

Mitchell was overshadowed by Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in 2013, but he made the most of defenses' fears of Ekpre-Olomu and was a ballhawk, picking off five passes. Many questioned his decision to declare for the draft early, but I think his length and aggressiveness could make him a late-round sleeper.

TE Jake Murphy Utah

Murphy isn't the biggest or most-athletic tight end in this draft, but he just seems like one of those under-the-radar pass-catching tight ends who ends up going in the late rounds and having a long career. He is quick, fluid and precise with soft hands and most importantly, he knows what he is good at and how to get the most out of it, an underrated key to succeeding in the NFL.

TE Richard Rodgers Cal

The former receiver quietly had more than 600 yards receiving in 2013 and has an intriguing physical toolset that could make him a better NFL player than college. He is the kind of athlete that a team will take a risk on late in the draft because of his huge upside.

RB De'Anthony Thomas  Oregon

Funny to see one of the Pac-12's most recognizable players on here, but his NFL stock is so low right now that he might not even get drafted. I don't know if I would bet on it, but Thomas is so electrifying that I wouldn't be surprised if he proves doubters wrong and finds a niche in the NFL.

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