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Top 2020 Pac-12 NFL Draft prospects heading into 2019 season: Is Justin Herbert the Pac-12’s top prospect? Maybe not...

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It should be a better year for first round talent in the Pac-12 in 2019.

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  1. Walker Little Jr. T Stanford - Justin Herbert might go before Little, but that’s probably because of the position he plays. The sky is the limit with Little though as a true left tackle who has started since he showed up in Palo Alto three years ago and should leave as the best lineman prospect coming out of Stanford since David DeCastro.
  2. Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado - I’m excited to see what Shenault does this year if he stays healthy. He’s as talented and dominant of a receiver that I can ever remember in the Pac-12 and a major NFL Draft prospect. Like Little, he could easily be a Top 5 pick next April.
  3. Justin Herbert Sr. QB Oregon - I’ve mentioned that I think Herbert is at least a little overrated more than enough times despite the fact that he could go as high as number one in 2020. So...here’s what’s great about Herbert - he’s 6’6, 230, big arm, great mobility, and he’s smart. He’s basically better Josh Allen, in my opinion.
  4. Jaylon Johnson Jr. CB Utah - A big, lockdown corner who is ultra physical and a ballhawk. I could see him being the first corner taken in 2020. He’s basically a bigger Byron Murphy from Washington.
  5. Paulson Adebo Jr. CB Stanford - The 6’1 rangy corner knocked away a lot of balls in 2018. He’s only really a redshirt sophomore, so he’s far from a guarantee to declare, but he has first round potential.
  6. Jacob Eason Jr. QB Washington - Go watch video of Eason starting as a true freshman at Georgia. He’s rough and raw, but his arm is so live, I think he just needs to be at least above average in 2019 at Washington to be a major NFL Draft prospect.
  7. Trey Adams Sr. T Washington - 6’8 300 plus and just needs to prove that he’s 100 percent to get first round consideration. He’ll have to show he still has the tread on his tires to play 10 years as well. He’s right up there with Little if he can though.
  8. Colby Parkinson Jr. TE Stanford - He’ll have to make sure he doesn’t run a slow 40 the way Cardinal TE Kaden Smith did before him. He’s a potential first rounder if he can and turn in a good junior season. He reminds me of Coby Fleener.
  9. KJ Costello Sr. QB Stanford - He’s actually a redshirt junior and he might actually be a better QB than Herbert. He just has an ultra funky release. Some team will be able to overlook it though, especially if he’s really good in 2019.
  10. Troy Dye Sr. LB Oregon - Dye’s been a standout at Oregon for four seasons now and he’s the kind of player who can rocket up draft boards with a big senior season. He has all the physical tools and size, just needs to get back to the level he was as a sophomore.
  11. Julian Blackmon Sr. S Utah - I liked Blackmon’s NFL potential a little more as a corner because he had elite size for the position. He’s moving back to safety, where he’s still a very good NFL prospect.
  12. Myles Bryant Sr. CB Washington - Bryant is only 5’9 185, but he’s beyond physical and maybe the best nickel prospect in the entire Draft. Sometimes it’s super valuable to be great at a niche position as it could get Bryant into the second or third round.

Other top prospects

Bradlee Anae Sr. DE Utah

Camryn Bynum Jr. CB Cal

Jake Hanson Sr. C Oregon

Shane Lemeiux Sr. G Oregon

Calvin Throckmorton Sr. T Oregon