2012 Top Draft Prospects: PAC 12

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Cliff Harris is one of the quickest players in the country.

After already touching on the ACC, Big 10, Big East, and SEC, the PAC 12 is up for the 2012 NFL Draft top prospect treatment. Here are the guys to look for while watching the 2011 NCAA season.

Juron Criner, WR (6-4/215)

Criner is an elite talent that can be a #1 receiver in the NFL if he puts his mind to it. According to Arizona, Criner’s personal issues are behind him and is ready to have a big 2011 season.

Arizona State
Vontaze Burfict, LB (6-3/250)

Speaking of personal issues, Burfict is one of the best physical specimens at linebacker that we’ve seen in college. That said, his many alleged incidents concerning teammates and opponents are a red flag. Between the lines though, few have the ability to change the game then Burfict.

Trevor Guyton (6-3/290)

Guyton has been stuck behind Cam Jordan and Tyson Alualu the past few years, but now he has a chance to shine. He has flashed Top 50 potential on occasion (8 TFL in 2010), but needs to get more consistent to become a factor in 2011.

Tony Dye, S (5-11/205)

A three-year starter at safety alongside Rahim Moore, Dye racked up 96 tackles and 9 pass deflections in 2010. Dye is good enough to go on day two of the NFL Draft.

Ryan Miller, OG (6-8/315)

Miller is just a huge guy. He is rarely beaten in pass protection and can generate a good push in the run game as well. According to his coaches, Miller is the type of guy you want in your locker room.

Cliff Harris, CB/KR (5-11/170)

Harris is lightning in a bottle. Whether he is picking off a pass or returning a punt, there is a good chance that you’ll be putting six points up on the board. If he can clean up a few fundamentals in coverage, Harris will be a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Oregon State
Ryan Katz, QB (6-1/215)

A very mobile prospect, Katz is a bright spot that should stick around for his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He has a decent arm and should compete for a backup QB spot in the NFL.

Andrew Luck, QB (6-4/235)

Many teams’ fans have already adopted the motto “We Suck, Hope for Luck”. The near-consensus #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Luck has very few weaknesses. He runs well, throws well, and has improved every year in his reads. He is easily the best QB prospect that we’ve seen in college since Peyton Manning.

Matt Barkley, QB (6-2/220)

Barkley has all the skills and leadership that you can want from a college quarterback. While we still rate the aforementioned Luck as the best QB in college, Barkley is certainly in the discussion. Barkley will be a top 10 pick if he declares.

Tony Bergstrom, OL (6-5/315)

Bergstrom is a strong right-tackle prospect, although he has played some on the left side, that excels in the run game. He should be a 4th-5th round pick with another good season for Utah.

Alameda Ta’amu, DL (6-3/330)

Ta’amu is a beast up front – devastating offensive linemen with his size and power. He should be able to play 4-3 DT, 3-4 NT, and 3-4 DE in the right schemes. Should easily be a top 50 pick.

Washington State
Jeff Tuel, QB (6-3/215)

The quintessential good player on a bad team. Tuel makes quick reads, quick throws, and evades rushers relatively well. Will certainly get some looks in the middle/late rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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3 Responses to “2012 Top Draft Prospects: PAC 12”

  1. JR says:

    Burfict would be perfect.

  2. Bill says:

    It’s obvious Pat’s fans will want Ryan Miller on their team next year.

  3. John says:

    James Rodgers is better than Ryan Katz

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