Pac-12 Football relevant in 2018 NFL Draft

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference had 30 players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, highlighted by four selections among the first 15 picks, which were the most by any conference.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold was the first of four Pac-12 players taken in the first round of the draft as the New York Jets tabbed Darnold with the third pick of the Draft. He was the seventh Trojan quarterback all-time to be selected in the first round, and the fourth to be selected among the top 10 picks since 2003 as he joins Mark Sanchez (2009, No. 5 – New York Jets), Matt Leinart (2006, No. 10 – Arizona Cardinals) and Carson Palmer (2003, No. 1 – Cincinnati Bengals).

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was the fifth Bruin quarterback all-time to be chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft as the Arizona Cardinals selected him at No. 10.  Only Troy Aikman was selected higher as the No. 1 overall pick in 1989.

For just the third time in Conference history, two Pac-12 quarterbacks were selected in the first round. Darnold and Rosen join the 1999 duo of Akili Smith, Oregon (No. 3 – Bengals) and Cade McNown, UCLA (No. 12 – Bears) and the 2003 pair of Carson Palmer, USC (No. 1 – Bengals) and Kyle Boller, California (No. 19 – Ravens). It was just the sixth time ever that multiple quarterbacks from the same conference were selected in the first round.

With WASHINGTON defensive tackle Vita Vea selected No. 12 and UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Mlller taken at No. 15, the Pac-12 had the most selections among the first 15 picks than any other conference. Vea became Washington’s sixth first round draft pick in the last six years and 25th overall. Meanwhile, Miller and Rosen provide UCLA with multiple first round selections in the same draft for the first time since 1981. 

Draft Notes: Washington and UCLA led the Pac-12 with five draft picks each, while USC and STANFORD had four each … Eleven of the 12 Pac-12 members had at least one player selected in the draft with equal distribution of offensive (15) and defensive (15) players drafted … In terms of number of players selected per conference membership, the Pac-12 was third with 2.5 players drafted per member institution … The Pac-12 Conference had at least 30 players selected in the draft for the fifth consecutive year. Only the 14-team SEC and Big Ten Conferences can claim the same.

PAC-12 PLAYERS DRAFTED

First Round    
3 Sam Darnold, QB, USC New York Jets
10 Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA Arizona Cardinals
12 Vita Vea, DT, Washington Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15 Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA Oakland Raiders
Second Round    
6/38 Ronald Jones II, RB, USC Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12/44 Dante Pettis, WR, Washington San Francisco 49ers
16/48 Uchenna Nwosu, OLB, USC Los Angeles Chargers
26/58 Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado Atlanta Falcons
Third Round    
4/68 Justin Reid, S, Stanford Tennessee Titans
7/71 Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon Denver Broncos
15/79 Rasheem Green, DE, USC Seattle Seahawks
32/96 Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford Buffalos Bills
Fourth Round    
20/120 Will Dissly, TE, Washington Seattle Seahawks
22/122 Kenny Young, ILB, UCLA Baltimore Ravens
31/131 Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State Miami Dolphins
37/137 Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford Dallas Cowboys
Fifth Round    
1/138 Cole Madison, OT, Washington State Green Bay Packer
15/152 Dane Cruikshank, CB, Arizona Tennessee Titans
16/153 Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon Detroit Lions
18/155 Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA Los Angeles Chargers
25/162 Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA Baltimore Ravens
Sixth Round    
4/178 Christian Sam, OLB, Arizona State New England Patriots
7/181 Kylie Fitts, DE, Utah Chicago Bears
9/183 Sam Jones, OG, Arizona State Denver Broncos
25/199 Luke Falk, QB, Washington State Tennessee Titans
40/214 Peter Kalambayi, OLB, Stanford Houston Texans
42/216 Azeem Victor, ILB, Washington Oakland Raiders
43/217 Keishawn Bierria, OLB, Washington Denver Broncos
Seventh Round    
7/225 Devante Downs, CB, California Minnesota Vikings
14/232 James Looney, DT, California Green Bay Packers
  SELECTIONS BY CONFERENCE  
1. Southeastern 53
2. Atlantic Coast 46
3. Big Ten 32
4. Pac-12 30
5. Big 12 20
6. American 18
7. Conference USA 10
8. Mountain West 9
9. Mid-America 5
10. Conference USA 3
  SELECTIONS BY SCHOOL
5 UCLA, Washington 
4 Stanford, USC
3 Arizona State,
2 California, Oregon, Washington State
1 Arizona, Colorado, Utah
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