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2018 midseason Top Pac-12 NFL Draft prospects: Is Justin Herbert still the top prospect in the conference?

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The conference is light on first round talent for 2019.

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  1. Justin Herbert Jr. QB Oregon - Herbert’s been down the past couple of games as the schedule has gotten tougher for Oregon, but there’s no denying a 6’6 guy with an arm and athleticism like him. He still has a great shot at being the first quarterback taken in the 2019 draft and first player overall, if he decides to declare.
  2. Laviska Shenault So. WR Colorado - He’s not even eligible for the 2019 draft, but he would probably be the first or second receiver taken in 2019 if he could even declare. He’s a potential Top 5 pick in 2020.
  3. N’Keal Harry Jr. WR Arizona State - Harry’s one of the top prospects in the country that you just look at and see a future NFL star. He’s probably a late-first round pick at worst right now.
  4. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Sr. WR Stanford - JJAW is actually a redshirt junior in non-Stanford listing, so he doesn’t have to go to the NFL in 2019, but he’s probably a first round pick if he does. He came out the gate on fire in 2018 and has out of this world balance for a 6’3 220 player.
  5. Taylor Rapp Jr. S Washington - He’s not a stat machine because opponents down throw in his area and Washington’s front seven wracks up a lot of tackles (see Ben Burr-Kirven), but he’s almost never out of position and can stand up in run defense, but also drop back in long-range pass defense.
  6. Byron Murphy So. CB Washington - The redshirt sophomore is one of the highest-graded cornerbacks in the nation and packs an amazing physical punch for a guy who is 5’11 180.
  7. Jalen Jelks Sr. DE Oregon - He hasn’t racked up the sacks and TFLs the way he did last year, but he’s still a 6’6 250 athlete who can get into the backfield on a regular basis and a borderline first-round draft pick.
  8. Bryce Love Sr. RB Stanford - Coming back for his senior season isn’t looking like a good decision for Love, but his speed and toughness combined with his 2017 season should keep him at least in the second round.
  9. Andrew Dillard Sr. T Washington State - A tackle as big, athletic and skilled as Dillard who can pass protect with the best of them is a red-hot commodity for the NFL. He could be a second rounder.
  10. Cameron Smith Sr. LB USC - Smith has been steady as a second to third round pick and one of the nation’s best inside linebackers with great size and instincts. That’s still what he is.
  11. Kaleb McGary Sr. T Washington - 6’8 320, McGary took over as Washington’s elite NFL tackle prospect when Trey Adams went down again just before the season. Watch for him to be a player that explodes at the Combine.
  12. Jacob Eason Jr. QB Washington - The former five-star recruit and Georgia transfer can’t play for Washington this year, but remember what I said about 6’6 quarterbacks with good arms (Eason has the best in college football right now) and apply. He would be a very interesting prospect if he declared for the 2019 Draft, which he can.

Others to consider

Myles Bryant Jr. CB Washington

Ben Burr-Kirven Sr. LB Washington

Kaden Smith Jr. TE Stanford

Jalen Thompson Jr. S Washington State

Caleb Wilson Jr. TE UCLA