2013 NFL Draft full of surprises for Pac-12
The NFL Draft wrapped up Saturday afternoon and the Pac-12 was well represented with 28 players selected. Things didn't go as planned for a few players, however, with a number of surprises for league players regarding when they were picked and where they wound up.
It should be noted that the Conference of Champions turned into the Conference of Consistency this year as the exact same number of players were selected in the draft as there were in 2012. Oregon led the league with five picks, followed by UCLA, USC and California with four, Stanford with three, Oregon State, Utah and Colorado with two and Washington and Washington State with one each. Arizona State was shut out for the first time since 1960, according to Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic. Arizona also did not have a player selected.
Here's who went where:
3. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon-Miami
The Dolphins traded up to grab the former Ducks star and it's a good thing too as several reports out of Philadelphia indicated his former coach, Chip Kelly, was going to select him next.
14. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah-Carolina
The big man in the middle shook off questions about his health (he left the combine for medical tests on his heart) and wound up being one of the top tackles selected. He fills a big need for the Panthers and should play right away.
20. Kyle Long, OG, Oregon-Chicago
Considered by some to be a surprise selection this high up, Long shot up draft boards over the past three months. He could play either guard or tackle and should help protect Jay Cutler early on.
22. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington-Atlanta
The Falcons traded up to grab the shutdown corner from across the country and likely will throw Trufant out there early on defense and special teams.
26. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA-Green Bay
Likely to be an end in the Packers' 3-4 defense, Jones finally showed his promise during his past two seasons in Westwood and wound up being picked by one of the best organizations in football.
39. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford-Philadelphia
Chip Kelly knows Zach Ertz all too well and snagged the polished pass catcher early. Tight end was an underrated part of Oregon's offense when Kelly was in Eugene and now he has one of the best collegiate tight ends to fill the role in the NFL.
41. Robert Woods, WR, USC-Buffalo
The Bills need some weapons and secured one in Woods, who several scouts and analysts called the most polished receiver in the draft.
46. Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon-Buffalo
The Bills had a hole to fill at linebacker and grabbed one who can cover a whole bunch of ground and force the opponents to run away from him.
71. T.J. McDonald, S, USC-St. Louis
Former Trojan defensive back Jeff Fisher drafts a former Trojan defensive back in McDonald, a hard-hitting safety who fits the defensive scheme in St. Louis well.
76. Keenan Allen, WR, California-San Diego
Allen slipped in the draft due to concerns over his knee and 40-yard dash time, but he lands in a great spot where he doesn't have to worry about quarterback play.
79. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State-Pittsburgh
The speedster will head from one classy program to one classy organization in the Steelers, who need someone on the outside to stretch the field.
98. Matt Barkley, QB, USC-Philadelphia
Nobody - and I mean nobody - thought the Pac-12's leader in touchdown passes would fall to the fourth round. Just as surprising, that Chip Kelly would be the one that traded up to get him.
107. Brian Schwenke, C, California-Tennessee
One of the top interior linemen in the Pac-12 last year, he'll bring consistency and a knowledge of the game to the Titans. It's also a plus that he could play all five positions if needed.
109. David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado-Green Bay
Aaron Rodgers is the richest player in the NFL and the Packers think Bakhtiari can help protect him.
121. Khaled Holmes, C, USC-Indianapolis
Talk about a great match, Holmes will boost a dreadful offensive line and team up with Andrew Luck as two of the most cerebral players in the game.
125. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA-Green Bay
Talk about a steal for the Packers. Some thought he was going to be a high draft pick, but the elusive Franklin winds up with a team he could start for from day one.
133. Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford-Atlanta
Tony Gonzalez is retiring soon and there's no better tight end for Toilolo to learn from than him.
140. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford-Arizona
Carson Palmer should love having Taylor in the backfield with him not only because he can run between the tackles but because he'll do a great job with blitz pick-up.
145. Steve Williams, CB, California-San Diego
Cal has turned out a number of top corners over the years and Williams is the latest - plus he'll follow his teammate down the California coast.
155. Jeff Locke, P, UCLA-Minnesota
Locke is not only a great punter but he can also do kickoffs, no doubt a factor in the Vikings grabbing him this early.
172. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado-Oakland
He still needs to learn the nuances of the position, but the Raiders grabbed a high-upside guy in Kasa.
182. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon-Carolina
One of the best backs in the league last year will join fellow former Duck Jonathan Stewart in the Panthers' backfield. Just think of the read option with him and Cam Newton...
192. John Boyett, S, Oregon-Indianapolis
He dropped due to injury concerns, but when healthy he can roam the secondary and come out of nowhere to support the run. Likely a special teams ace for years to come, too.
196. Jeff Baca, OG, UCLA-Minnesota
Amazingly, Baca becomes the first Bruin offensive lineman drafted since 1999.
212. Joe Kruger, DE, Utah-Philadelphia
Yet another Kruger has made it to the league from the Utes and Joe should wind up adding depth and as a factor on special teams.
218. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State-Philadelphia
Chip Kelly was grabbing Pac-12 players left and right at the draft and even selected one from rival Oregon State. Poyer wasn't as athletic as some corners, but he can cover and anticipate like the best of them.
236. Marquess Wilson, Washington State-Chicago
The former Cougars receiver has first-round talent if he gets it all together and will head to a team that hasn't had a consistent receiver on the outside in years.
247. Marc Anthony, CB, California-Baltimore
The Super Bowl champs add yet another Golden Bears corner to help re-stock a secondary that took some hits in the offseason.
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