Posted on March 14, 2022
Below I look at how Pac-12 Draft prospects have risen and fallen coming out of testing as we hit the home stretch before the Draft.
This has been one of the more-interesting pre-Draft seasons I can remember with top prospects, so let’s see how they rank just a little over a month before the Draft.
1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, Defensive End, Oregon
Man, I don’t know if there’s ever been a more debated Pac-12 Draft prospect since maybe Ryan Leaf. Thibodeaux is a bit of a Rubix Cube to me. He’s had a lot of mystique since midway through high school.
He had some really good moments at Oregon, he tested well, and he’s an outspoken character whose stock has dropped after being constantly labeled as the top prospect in this year’s class during the season by the media.
Chatter around him suggests Devin Lloyd might sneak up on him for this top spot, but I don’t believe enough of it yet to do it.
2. Devin Lloyd, Linebacker, Utah
Lloyd seems like the most-reliable Pac-12 prospect in the Draft. He had one of the best defensive seasons in recent conference history and he tested well—plus, it’s a very weak draft for his position.
He could go as high as well inside of the Top 10.
3. Drake London, Wide Receiver, USC
He’s still in the conversation to be the first receiver taken and go as high as inside the Top 10.
He’s got range, though, as he could fall as far as the end of the first if teams view him as a bigger, slower receiver, which is the kind that has fallen out of favor in the NFL.
4. Trent McDuffie, Cornerback, Washington
His testing to me confirms he’s a late-First maybe early-Second type of player and not as high as the Top 10 where he was being teased a bit in pre-Combine time.
He seems like a super reliable pick though so I would be surprised if he gets out of the first round.
5. Kyler Gordon, Cornerback, Washington
Gordon was being teased as a guy who could climb up comfortably into the first round and test up to the top three in the conference as a prospect before running a 4.5 40.
Now I think he’s a guy whose size and jumping athleticism makes him a Second-Round pick at worst who maybe sneaks into the back of the first.
6. Drake Jackson, Linebacker, USC
He didn’t test much at the Combine, so he’s kind of stuck here for better or worse.
His pro day will be interesting because he’s a very nice prospect with good size and athleticism but who has some production questions coming out of college.
7. Greg Dulcich, Tight End, UCLA
He was already a sneaky good tight end prospect coming out of UCLA, and then he had a very good combine.
He now is in the conversation to be the first tight end taken in 2022.
8. Abraham Lucas, Tackle, Washington State
The four-year stud from WSU made a huge statement by running a 4.9 40 at the Combine.
He’s one of the best OL prospects who isn’t projected yet to go in the First Round, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up getting talked about as a late-First-Round pick eventually.
9. Kellen Diesch, Tackle, Arizona State
He did wonders for his NFL stock by running the second-fastest 40 of any offensive lineman, behind only Kentucky’s Dare Rosenthal, solidifying himself as a good chance at being a Second-Round pick at worst.
Like Lucas, he could also slip up into the First Round as he was really good in 2021.
10. Sean Rhyan, Guard, UCLA
He was looking like maybe he could be a First-Round pick but he’s a little short and is likely going to be an interior lineman.
This probably pushes him down to being a Second-Round pick at best, especially after having some consistency issues at UCLA.
11. Dohnovan West, Center, Arizona State
He’s a solid prospect who has been really good at ASU for three seasons.
He’s a pure interior offensive lineman though so that limits his pro stock a little bit, making him a Second-Round pick at best.
12. Mykael Wright, Cornerback, Oregon
Wright didn’t do himself any favors running a high 4.5 40 at the Draft, which seems very slow for how fast he looked returning kicks during his career.
He has good size and physicality, though, and can help himself by being faster at his pro day.
Other Top Prospects
Cade Otton, Tight End, Washington
Verone McKinley III, Safety, Oregon
Otito Ogbonnia, Defensive Tackle, UCLA
Thomas Booker, Defensive Tackle, Stanford
Rachaad White, Running Back, Arizona State
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