Roundup: Jared Goff likely to go No. 1 overall in NFL Draft
The NFL Draft is here, and there’s a very real possibility that a Pac-12er could go first overall. The Los Angeles Times writes that former Cal quarterback Jared Goff is the favorite to go No. 1 overall to the Los Angeles Rams.
Goff isn’t the only Pac-12 guy expected to be off the board early Thursday night, as CBS Sports predicts that former Duck DeForest Buckner will be the first non-QB taken in the NFL Draft (so likely No. 3 overall after Goff and Carson Wentz).
Former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack spoke with our Anthony Herron about his decision to focus on the NFL Draft after suffering his season-ending knee injury. Jack is likely to be a high pick, perhaps going in the top 10.
Kyle Goon writes that Devontae Booker’s patience could pay off in the NFL Draft. He’s ranked as a top-75 guy in the draft, but his knee injury (tore his meniscus in November) might concern some teams.
Kaelen Jones of House of Sparky highlights the 10 best NFL-caliber throws Mike Bercovici made at Arizona State. Berco isn’t going to hear his name called Thursday, but he could be a late-round guy.
Former Cal coach Jeff Tedford has spoken with Chris Petersen about joining the Washington football staff as an offensive consultant, Adam Jude reports. They’re nothing more than “informal discussions” at the moment, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
Two Colorado football players were arrested Thursday morning – N.J. Falo and Dino Gordon were booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft between $2,000 and $4,999, drug possession and second-degree trespassing (Mitchell Byars, Daily Camera). CU SID Dave Plati said Mike MacIntyre has suspended both players indefinitely.
Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group opines that Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has picked up the slack with Steph Curry injured. The former Coug’s 3-point barrage in the third quarter helped send the Houston Rockets packing, bouncing James Harden and Co. in five games.
Arizona men’s basketball will play in a new doubleheader in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Dec. 3, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday. Arizona will play Gonzaga, while USC will play BYU.
It has been a crazy year for Pac-12 baseball, and Oregon State is in the hunt in the unpredictable Pac-12, writes Bob Lundberg of the Corvallis Gazette-Times (linked here by the Albany Democrat-Herald). Just two games separate the top-10 teams in the Pac-12 baseball standings.
David Gardner of Sports Illustrated conducts this Q&A with Johnny Dawkins, the former Stanford men’s basketball coach who is now at the helm of Central Florida.
Ted Miller writes that USC linebacker Cameron Smith is eager to join Clancy Pendergast’s defense. Smith, the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2015, is rehabbing a knee injury and hasn’t been able to practice with “new/old” defensive coordinator Pendergast running the USC defense yet.