Roundup: Jordan goes 3rd overall


Quarterback competitions are underway as preseason practices start across the conference.

'Twas a successful day for the Conference of Champions at the NFL Draft with five former Pac-12 players selected in the first round, placing the Pac third behind the SEC's 12 and ACC's six.

 


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The fun started when Oakland traded its pick to Miami and Oregon's Dion Jordan went third overall to the Dolphins. If you ask them, the Dolphins will tell ya that they feel like they got Jordan at half price.

 


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Star Lotulelei was the next Pac-12er drafted, going lower than expected at No. 14 to the Carolina Panthers. The folks at the Charlotte Observer believe Lotulelei will plug the Panthers' biggest gap.

 


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The second Quack was taken when Da Bears selected Kyle Long at the No. 20 spot. It was a bit of an unexpected pick for Chicago, but when it comes to the team's GM, drafting Kyle Long was just another Phil Emery surprise.

 


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Then it was back to the defense two picks later, when Washington's Desmond Trufant was chosen 22nd overall by the Atlanta Falcons. Click on that link to get Percy Allen's story - he was with the Trufant clan last night in Tacoma. The cornerback also spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and told them he was excited to join the Falcons.

 


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The final Pac-12 player taken Thursday night was a Bruin as Datone Jones went 26th overall to the Packers. ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert describes Jones as being bigger, stronger and faster. while a Bruins Nation blogger told Acme Packing Co. that Jones can make an impact all over.

 


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So the biggest name in the Pac-12 heading into the 2012 college football season was not selected in the first round, but NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks has Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley going 33rd overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who recently got some sweet new uniforms.

 


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Keenan Allen will most likely be the fourth receiver selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, and California Golden Blogs has put together a few links of mock drafts projecting where Allen will go in the second round. The SB Nation site also believes former Golden Bear offensive lineman Brian Schwenke will go in the third round.

 


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Former Arizona signal caller Matt Scott didn't get picked Thursday night, but he figures to go sometime before the draft ends. That's more than just pretty good for Scott, who was an unknown just one year ago.

 


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Meanwhile, Arizona State's Brandon Magee is looking like he'll be a Saturday selection - potentially in the sixth or seventh rounds. Either way, Magee is ready to prove his critics wrong.

 


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From the NFL Draft to the NBA: Colorado's André Roberson cancelled a press conference scheduled for this morning and is still unsure on his NBA decision, per the Denver Post. Roberson has until Sunday night to make up his mind.

 


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How could we wait so long to get to this in roundup - today is Oregon State's spring game! Obviously, everyone in Corvallis is pondering who the man under center will be, but there is no timeline for a decision on Oregon State's starting quarterback. The game will air live on Pac-12 Networks starting at 7 p.m. PT.

 


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The great work from the Stanford Daily continues with part three of the Shannon Turley feature, where the student teaches the master.

 

 


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Congratulations are in order for Washington State's Elizaveta Luzina, who advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2013 Pac-12 Women's Tennis Championships after winning two matches yesterday. The sophomore will be on the court later today.

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