Roundup: The NFL draft is here

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The NFL draft begins Thursday, and USA Today predicts that Anthony Barr will be the first Pac-12 player drafted, going 16th overall to the Dallas Cowboys. USA Today also thinks Brandin Cooks will go 18th to the Jets, Marqise Lee 23rd to the Chiefs and Xavier Su’a-Filo 32nd to the Seahawks.


Though he doesn’t show up in the first round of that USA Today mock draft, Paul Richardson is hopeful for an early NFL call. According to Kyle Ringo, Richardson says he might be taken as high as late in the first round and should be selected by the second.


This might help his stock: Bishop Sankey catches a ball while doing a backflip. This is awesome.


You know who is ready to emerge? USC’s Marqise Lee. It’s a deep wide receiver class in this year’s draft, but Lee isn’t too concerned about where he will be selected. He’ll be at Radio City Music Hall alongside 29 other draft hopefuls.


He probably won’t be selected Thursday, and that’s just fine by him, because Ka’Deem Carey says he’s ready to prove he belongs.


Let’s keep it goin’ with the draft-themed articles, as draft day can’t come soon enough for former Ute Trevor Reilly.

Washington State

And hey, one more, because Washington State’s Deone Bucannon awaits a big call in the draft. Jacob Thorpe surmises that Bucannon will be off the shelf before Friday ends, meaning he’s gone by the third round at the latest.

Oregon State

As Oregon State searches for its new head men’s hoops coach, support for Damon Stoudamire as the Beavers’ new coach is growing.  He is currently an assistant on Sean Miller’s staff at Arizona.


Oregon VP of student affairs Robin Holmes speaks on the rape accusations involving Oregon men’s basketball and Oregon’s response in this Q&A with The Oregonian.


We heard from Sark on Wednesday, so let’s watch and listen to Stanford coach David Shaw talk about the Pac-12 meetings and spring practices with the ESPN Pac-12 Blog.

Arizona State

Huge, huge series in Pac-12 softball as No. 3 Arizona State hosts No. 2 UCLA Thursday through Saturday. The second-place Bruins have a slim chance of catching Oregon for first but would need some serious help from Arizona as the Wildcats host Oregon.


You should know that Cal’s academic performance in football is improving. Big jump in the ole' APR for 2012-13.

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