The Top 12 Pac-12 2014 NFL Draft prospects: Brandin Cooks moving up the board

Stephen Dunn

Brandin Cooks improved his stock more than any other Pac-12 prospect during the combine season

With the honeymoon of the combine now over, the final slotting of where the 2014 NFL Draft prospects lineup is finally starting to set up. We did a ranking of our Top 12 overall Pac-12 NFL Draft prospects that included guys who didn't even declare like Marcus Mariota or weren't even eligible to like Leonard Williams, but the wait for the draft winding down, we put together how the 2014-eligible prospects stack up.

1. Anthony Barr LB UCLA

Barr's stock seems to be slipping for whatever reason and some now have him falling out of the Top 20 of the draft. I still really like Barr, but that doesn't matter, he is clearly pegged now as the second-best outside linebacker prospect after Khalil Mack, but he plays a very coveted position and I could still see him getting into the Top 10 of the draft.

2. Marqise Lee WR USC *Jr.

Lee was good, not great at the combine and firmly entrenched himself as the third-best receiver in this year's draft behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans. I think Lee slips to around the 18th pick that the Jets have and I wouldn't be shocked if Cooks ends up getting taken before him, but I think whoever selects him will get a steal.

3. Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State *Jr.

Cooks' blazing fast 40 time at the combine has rocketed him up draft boards and into a likely first round pick. He's still a bit small, but when you have his level of speed combined with the proven production he had as a Beaver, teams will forget that he isn't very big.

4. Xavier Su'a-Filo G UCLA *Jr.

Su'a-Filo also had a great combine and it has turned him into the best guard prospect in the draft. I think he is right on the edge of the first round now and I wouldn't be surprised if he is taken very late in the round by Seattle or Denver who need help at the position.

5. Scott Crichton DE Oregon State *Jr.

As expected, Crichton's numbers didn't jump out at the combine, but his motor and physicality are what matters most. Crichton's ability to get after the quarterback will keep him in the early-to-mid second round range where he has been since he declared for the draft.

6. Trent Murphy LB Stanford

Not too long ago, Murphy was pegged as a mid-first round pick, but his tweener status as a DE/OLB has dropped him into the second. The questions about how well he will fit into a specific spot in the NFL are a bit legitimate, but regardless, I think he will be an excellent pickup and a steal for whoever takes him in the second round.

7. David Yankey G Stanford *Jr.

Yankey's steadiness and ability to do everything good has kind of hurt him as he isn't a flashy player, but he is a guard, so I don't think it will hold him back too much. I expect Yankey to be the second or third guard taken and wouldn't be that surprised if he ends up being the first.

8. Bishop Sankey RB Washington *Jr.

Sankey could be the best running back in the draft, but that doesn't mean that he is going to get into the first round this year. He showed great speed at the combine and does a little bit of everything well as a back, but his lack of elite size will keep him in that second round bubble.

9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington *Jr.

Seferian-Jenkins has been battling an injury during combine/pro day season, so his stock has been floundering a bit, but his pure size still makes him the top tight end choice after Eric Ebron and Jace Amaro.

10. Deone Bucannon S Washington State

Bucannon's stock is rising and he is rising to the top of heap of the great safety class coming into the draft out of the Pac-12 this year.

11. Carl Bradford LB Arizona State *Jr.

Bradford wasn't a guarantee to declare for this year's draft, but he is a rising and intriguing prospect that can get after the quarterback from the linebacker position and that's a coveted skill that should get him off the board by the third round.

12. Dion Bailey S USC *Jr.

A freshly-converted linebacker, Bailey brings great size and strength to the safety position and NFL teams have taken note, sliding him up the board and into the second round.

Others considered

Cameron Fleming T Stanford *Jr.

Marcus Martin C USC *Jr.

Ed Reynolds S Stanford *Jr.

Paul Richardson WR Colorado *Jr.

Shayne Skov LB Stanford

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