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Ranking the Pac-12 2016 NFL Draft early entries

Some UCLA underclassmen made great decisions, others not so much.

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NFL early entries have been finalized and we now know which Pac-12 players will be exiting the conference's stage a little bit early. As always, some players  made the right call and others got a little bit hasty. Here is how I think the decisions  stack up from  best to worst.

1. Paul Perkins Jr. RB UCLA - I thought Perkins should have declared last year. Running backs needs to start making money as soon as possible even if they aren't first/second picks, so I was happy to see him head to the next level. He had nothing left to prove at UCLA.

2. Myles Jack Jr. LB UCLA - Jack took some flack for declaring in the middle of the season after an injury took him out, but it was the right call. He had proven enough to be a first round draft pick even with his injury so there was no reason to come back for another and risk another or not looking the same.

3. Kenny Clark Jr. DT UCLA - Clark is at worst the second or third best pure defensive tackle available in the draft and almost a surefire first round pick so there was no reason to stick around for another year.

4. Jared Goff Jr. QB Cal - There was some brief chatter about Goff falling into the second round and needing to come back for his season when Cal was struggling, but I think he put those doubts to bed and is now likely the first QB off the board and an almost guaranteed Top 5 pick. Time to go.

5. Bralon Addison Jr. WR Oregon - This might seem high for Addison because he isn't even guaranteed to get drafted, but I think he made a really good call. He has been in college for four years, is coming off a fantastic season, has injuries in his past and  would be taking a huge risk coming back to an Oregon quarterback situation that might not be able to get him the ball in 2016. Bonus points for leaving an Oregon program early that seems to be pushing kids into turning down NFL money for a year to come back.

6. Su'a Cravens Jr. LB USC - Cravens is a hard to peg tweener as a LB/S hybrid, but possibly in a rare good way as the evolution of NFL offenses might actually make that a plus. He might have benefited from coming back one more year and sticking to one position to boost his draft stock, but he is a potential late-first rounder and at worst second rounder so there was really no need to do that.

7. Kenny Lawler Jr. WR Cal - Like Addison, Cal's transition at quarterback makes Lawler's decision a good one. His size and red zone skills probably make him a third-fifth round pick based on what he has proven in college, so he probably didn't want to come back and risk having a down year as Cal breaks in a new quarterback that could have knocked him out of the draft.

8. Austin Hooper Jr. TE Stanford - I was surprised by Hooper declaring, but it wasn't a bad decision, Stanford players usually just lean towards not declaring early and Hooper is technically just a redshirt sophomore I believe. A nice choice though as he has the chance to be the first tight end taken this year and be an early-second round pick.

9. Scooby Wright Jr. LB Arizona - Even though he basically missed his entire junior year, there isn't really much more Wright could have proven in college. He isn't a slam dunk first or maybe even second round pick and could have maybe helped his stock with another huge year as a senior, but all of those are not guarantees so he made the right call.

10. Isaac Seumalo Jr. C Oregon State - Seumalo looked like a first round pick before nagging injuries started plaguing his career. He is still a nice draft pick and could have boosted his stock by returning to form as a senior, but that was not a guarantee so trying to start his NFL career was a decent choice.

11. Cayleb Jones Jr. WR Arizona - Jones had a bit of a down year after a huge sophomore season, but he has been in college for a long time, at his second school and it probably was just time to start trying to make money. Not a great call, but I totally get it.

12. Dwayne Washington Jr. RB Washington - Washington is one of those guys who you people see on the early entry list and scratch their head because they have never even heard of him, but his decision makes sense. He has been in college for four years, plays running back, has dealt with injuries, lost his starting job and is the kind of guy who with his size (6'2 225) and fast 40 time could surprise people and get drafted.

13. Thomas Duarte Jr. WR UCLA - The first truly questionable decision on this list. Duarte is a big hybrid WR/TE who caught a lot of touchdowns in 2015, but who would have really boosted his draft stock with a big senior season catching passes from Josh Rosen. He has a lot of NFL potential, but most think he should have come back.

14. Alex Redmond Jr. G UCLA - Redmond surprisingly declared and skipped the Foster Farms Bowl. He will almost assuredly get drafted, but is a strange decision because he is a guy who easily could have played himself into the second round if he had a big senior season.

15. Caleb Benenoch Jr. T UCLA - Benenoch's questionable declaration made me wonder if the Jim Mora to the NFL rumors were true. The biggest head scratcher of this year.

Maybe should have declared

1. Gabe Marks Jr. WR Washington State - I was pretty shocked Marks is coming back for his senior year. He has been in school for four years, had a massive year that left nothing to prove and he is the kind of player who really can't boost his draft stock much more no matter what he does as a senior.

2. Darren Carrington So. WR Oregon - Carrington's return from suspension was quietly a big part of why Oregon's rebounded midseason. His draft stock isn't sky high, but I thought he might declare given how shaky Oregon is at quarterback next year and the fact he has had off-the-field issues that have held him back the past  year.