The Pac-12 knows that there will be three prospects that should almost certainly be taken in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. There are plenty of other talents, but you can expect these names to be the first ones taken on the first day of the draft.
Anthony Barr, UCLA Bruins: The best of the prospects, Barr has the edge speed and athleticism to be a dominant outside linebacker by whichever team ends up taking him. He is a presence and will be a load for left tackles to worry about for the next decade.
SB Nation projection, No. 10 to Detroit Lions: Although Ezekiel Ansah is an emerging talent and Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh are stars in the middle, the Lions finished near the bottom of the league in sacks. Barr has the talent to at least be a pass-rush specialist early in his career. A player like Evans would probably be the preferable option for the Lions, but he's off the board here. A cornerback makes sense as well, but there is depth at the position.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon Ducks: Olomu made life very difficult for Pac-12 receivers this season, draping them in coverage and forcing quarterbacks to look toward the other side of the field. Ekpre-Olomu is the type of player who can make life difficult for any receiver.
SB Nation projection, No. 13 to St. Louis Rams: There has been some back and forth about whether or not Ekpre-Olomu will enter the draft. Since a mock is a hypothetical, let's say he goes pro. If he does, he's a better choice for St. Louis than safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama. Clinton-Dix isn't quite the coverage safety the Rams need, and there isn't one worth a first-round pick. Ekpre-Olomu is a physical cornerback who can play the run. A wide receiver makes sense here as well, but Ekpre-Olomu might have a bigger impact.
Marqise Lee, USC Trojans: Lee was hampered by injuries in his final season at USC. However, when he's healthy, he has the potential to be a number one receiver for any quarterback in need of a dynamic weapon. Lee is going to be tough for any team to deal with the next few months.
SB Nation projection, No. 16 to Baltimore Ravens: Considering how Lee played in USC's bowl game, his draft stock is on the upward tick again. Because of that, he may be viewed by general manager Ozzie Newsome as the best player available. He would pair well with Torrey Smith. Lee can run any route and has good hands.
Baltimore and Dallas will flip a coin at the NFL Combine to determine who gets picks 16 and 17. Baltimore is at No. 16 here because the two teams are in alphabetical order.