Now that the regular season is over, I thought it would be a great time to revisit the top Pac-12 players who are eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft. Some players like Royce Freeman, Juju Smith-Schuster and Adoree Jackson would rated higher than a lot of these players, but they won't be eligible until 2017.
1. DeForest Buckner Sr. DE Oregon - Buckner probably would have been a first round pick last year had he declared but he came back and dominated this season, regularly seeming like he was carrying the entire Oregon defense on his back. Buckner's senior dominance and his 6'7 295 frame and versatility (he can play inside and out, against the run and pass) means he will probably be off the board in the first 10 picks.
2. Jared Goff Jr. QB Cal - Goff has had his ups and downs this season, but he is still probably at worst the second-best quarterback available in the draft if he declares early. College quarterbacks that can make the kind of NFL throws that Goff can are like bigfoot right now and I think teams will cut him some slack since some of his struggles came from having to force plays to carry his team.
3. Myles Jack Jr. LB UCLA - Jack missing the season due to injury might knock him down the draft a tiny bit, but he has more than enough tape from his first two seasons to show he is a first round pick. He is very similar to a bigger version of Shaq Thompson who went in the first round last year.
4. Kenny Clark Jr. DT UCLA - Clark is a rock against the run that dominates every center he faces. He could be the first defensive tackle off the board in a very strong class for the position and his versatility to play other positions will help him most likely go in the first round.
5. Scooby Wright Jr. LB Arizona - Like Jack, Wright will drop a little bit due to missing 2015 with an injury, but not too much. He was the best linebacker in the nation as a sophomore and has the size to play right away at the next level. He won't last long in the second round if he drops out of the first.
6. Su'a Cravens Jr. LB USC - Cravens is a tweener as a LB/S but maybe actually in a good way because he has the potential to be great at either position at the next level and is a pure playmaker that you simply plug in and see where he fits best.
7. Joshua Garnett Sr. G Stanford - Watch for Garnett to maybe sneak into the first round. He is probably the top interior offensive lineman in the draft and has ideal size, polish and experience playing in a pro style offense.
8. Max Tuerk Sr. C USC - Tuerk dropped a little bit by getting hurt earlier in the season, but he is still arguably the best center prospect in the draft and could work his way back into the first round at the combine. He also has the versatility and size to play any position on the line.
9. Devontae Booker Sr. RB Utah - Yet another player who might get dinged by an injury but still has more than enough proof of his abilities on tape. His size, toughness and consistency will result in him being one of the first running backs off the board and probably in the second round.
10. Kyle Murphy Sr. T Stanford - Murphy has the coveted length teams want to tackles at the next level and has more than proven what he can do with at Stanford as an excellent pass protector and run blocker in Stanford's bulldozing scheme. He could go as soon as the early-second.
11. Tyler Johnstone Sr. T Oregon - One of the most athletic offensive linemen in the country, Johnstone has been perfect for Oregon's system and could be a great fit for an NFL team looking to speed up their offense. He is a bit of an injury risk after tearing the same ACL twice as a junior, but recovered well enough in his senior season to make that likely only hurt his draft stock a little bit.
12. Vernon Adams Sr. QB Oregon - This might be a huge over-ranking, but I could see teams falling in love with Adams' Russell Wilson potential and pushing him up into the third or fourth round. He would be a huge risk as he is under six feet and maybe under 200 pounds with an injury history, but he also is a more accurate and attacking passer than Marcus Mariota was at Oregon and has a shockingly big arm for his size. Again, huge risk, but I would take him over Kevin Hogan or Cody Kessler if I was looking for a quarterback later in the draft because he has a higher ceiling.
Other players considered
Kevin Hogan Sr. QB Stanford
Gabe Marks Jr. WR Washington State
Blake Martinez Sr. LB Stanford
Jared Norris Sr. LB Utah
Paul Perkins Jr. RB UCLA
Christian Westerman Sr. G Arizona State