Sutton, Sankey, Lee among Pac-12 players selected in NFL draft rounds 2&3
The Pac-12 saw 11 former football players selected in the NFL draft on Friday -- six in the second round and five in the third -- to bring the conference total to 14 guys taken in the first three rounds. Through 100 picks, the Pac-12 has the fourth-most selections of any collegiate conference, behind the SEC’s 23, Big Ten’s 16 and ACC’s 15.
As was the case with Anthony Barr on Thursday, again a Bruin was the first Conference of Champions player picked on Friday. The Houston Texans selected guard Xavier Su’a-Filo with the first pick (33rd overall) of the second round. How’s this for a good omen? Su’a-Filo is the first Bruin offensive lineman taken in the first two rounds from UCLA since Jonathan Ogden, who went on to become a Hall of Famer. Thought of as a fringe first-rounder, the offensive winner of the 34th annual Morris Trophy helps the Texans solidify the offensive line after they took premier defensive end Jadaveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick. Getting big in the trenches; I like it. So does Myles Jack:
— Myles Jack (@ClickClack_Jack) May 9, 2014
Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon sure has some nice new targets. After the Buccaneers selected Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans seventh overall, the Super Bowl XXXVII champs selected former Husky Austin Seferian-Jenkins with the 38th pick. Super-athletic and physically imposing, ASJ won the John Mackey Award (nation’s best tight end) in 2013 after hauling in 33 passes for 413 yards and leading the Huskies with seven touchdown receptions. He’s also a pretty good basketball player who suited up for Lorenzo Romar for one season. If the Buccaneers ever decided to join the NBA, they might not go 0-82.
Vincent Jackson, Josh McCown, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Mike Evans, Tim Wright would make one hell of a basketball team.
— Sander Philipse (@Bucs_Nation) May 10, 2014
You barely had a chance to catch your breath before another Pac-12er heard his name called, because the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Marqise Lee with the very next pick. Lee gives the Jaguars great value at 39, especially if he can return to his 2012 form when he was much healthier and caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdown receptions (he also returned a kickoff for a TD that year). Along with quarterback Blake Bortles and 61st overall pick Allen Robinson (WR), the Jaguars have made a commitment to livening things up in their passing game.
Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are both great after the catch…Blake Bortles threw a million bubble screens at UCF, we'll see more of that
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) May 10, 2014
If you hadn’t had your fill of Pac-12 wide receivers yet you were in luck, because the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks drafted Colorado’s Paul Richardson 45th overall. Richardson might be slight at 175 pounds (and that’s a little beefed up for him), but he is fast like a NASCAR with a 4.40 40-time to show for it at the NFL combine. This pick was a bit higher than many speculated (he was projected to go in the third or fourth round), but he should fit in with Pete Carroll and Co. just fine. Check out this stat from CUBuffs.com: Richardson’s 10 TD catches averaged 47 yards in length. And what was that about his size again?
Pete Carroll on Paul Richardson size concerns: "How big is Doug, how big is Percy?" #Seahawks
— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) May 10, 2014
You had time for a quick sip of water and a Ritz cracker before the Washington Redskins chose Trent Murphy at 47. The ESPN crew didn’t seem enthused with the pick, but the ‘Skins are getting a "country strong" dude who was into steer wrestling growing up, so you know he’s one tough customer. Murphy was a high-impact player for the Card during his time on The Farm, registering 62 tackles, two forced fumbles, six pass breakups and a blocked kick as a fifth-year senior in 2013. Didn’t take him long to get some team gear, either:
Couldn't be more EXCITED to be part of the Washington Redskins!!!! LETS GET TO WORK pic.twitter.com/gwKnrUXtPH
— Trent Murphy (@TMurphy_93) May 10, 2014
Bishop Sankey was the first running back off the board, but it took a while longer than expected for an RB to get his name called. Going deep into the second round without a ball-carrier being taken, the former Dawg was selected 54th overall by the Tennessee Titans. Sankey, an Associated Press second-team All-American, compiled a laundry list of school records by the time the 2013 season came to an end, including career rushing touchdowns (37) and single-game rushing attempts (40). Oh, and in case you didn't see this before:
Just a reminder that Bishop Sankey recently caught footballs while doing backflips -> https://t.co/oJXY7i4CHB
— ESPN (@espn) May 10, 2014
That was it for the second round, and Marcus Martin kicked off the third round for the Pac-12 when the San Francisco 49ers took him with the 70th overall pick (sixth pick of the third round). The USC offensive lineman was the second center selected, behind Weston Richburg of Colorado State. Martin made the trip to New York City for the draft, but carries the unceremonious tab of being the last guy in the green room as a result (Martin described it as “nerve-wracking” in a conference call with reporters). As Jordan Moore notes, Martin’s selection makes it the fifth year in a row that a USC offensive lineman has been drafted. And, what's more, USC now has 482 players taken in the NFL draft, the most of any school. Sounds like he can play right away as well:
Baalke said Marcus Martin will begin 49ers career competing for starting center spot
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) May 10, 2014
Just two spots later, the Minnesota Vikings selected their second Pac-12er of the NFL draft by choosing defensive end Scott Crichton at 72. As expected, it was an emotional night for Crichton and crew:
Scott Crichton left school early to provide for his family. He said there are a lot of tears in the Crichton household tonight. #Vikings
— Matt Vensel (@mattvensel) May 10, 2014
But he’s already looking forward to 2014 and sounds excited to knock some people around with Anthony Barr:
Scott Crichton: "Me and @itheeayb are going to create havoc."
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 10, 2014
He certainly was a terror in Corvallis, as he led the Beavs with 7.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Should be fun watching him and Barr do work on the defensive side of the ball for the Purple People Eaters.
Will Sutton went 82nd overall to the Chicago Bears. Sounds like a good fit for personal reasons, because Sutton reportedly was a Bears fan as a kid (he had relatives who lived in Chicago). On the business side of things, the Bears get a gap-clogger who won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row. Hate to pat our own backs, but tweet of the night regarding Sutton goes to the Pac-12 Networks, y’all:
— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) May 10, 2014
Chip Kelly loves speed and guys he is familiar with, which is probably why the Philadelphia Eagles selected wide receiver Josh Huff at the 86 spot. It’s sort of hard to fathom that with a school that produces so much talent that no Ducks were picked in the first 85 slots, but Huff isn’t complaining: He gets to play in a system that allowed him to set the Oregon single-season record with 1,140 receiving yards in 2013. He becomes Duck No. 6 on the Eagles’ current roster, alongside Brandon Blair, Josh Kaddu, Jeff Maehl, Casey Matthews and Will Murphy.
Josh Huff won’t need long to pick up the Eagles’ playbook… #GoDucks
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) May 10, 2014
The Golden Bears would not be shut out of the second day of the draft, as the Green Bay Packers selected Cal tight end Richard Rodgers with a compensatory third-round pick at 98. Rodgers was third on the Bears in receiving last year with 39 catches for 608 yards. He won’t even be the only Rodgers from Cal on the Packers; obviously there’s a certain quarterback who has made a name for himself in Wisconsin:
— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) May 10, 2014
The NFL draft wraps up with rounds four through seven beginning Saturday morning at 9 a.m. PT.