Roundup: Where will Mariota, Williams, other Pac-12ers go?
The first round of the NFL draft is Thursday, and while it’s widely expected that Jameis Winston will be the first one off the board, much of the talk surrounds Marcus Mariota. It has been reported that the Cleveland Browns have offered their two first-round picks to Tennessee for the No. 2 pick to select Mariota. The Browns currently have the No. 12 and 19 picks in the first round, while the Titans are at that No. 2 spot for now.
Gotta respect dude’s confidence – Leonard Williams thinks he should be the first pick of the NFL draft (he said it with a smile according to NFL.com). The former Trojan is a very likely top-5 choice (this Raiders fan would love him in Silver and Black).
Bruins Nation looks at the draft prospects for former Bruins Brett Hundley, Eric Kendricks and Owamagbe Odighizuwa. All could potentially go in the first round but are more likely second-round choices, at least in the opinion of Bruins Nation and various mock drafts.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports thinks Cal quarterback Jared Goff will be one of the top-10 quarterbacks to talk about in the 2016 NFL draft (of course, Goff will still have one more year of eligibility). Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler also make the list. Additionally, Chris Johnson of Sports Illustrated writes that Ivan Rabb is already helping Cal basketball.
Meanwhile, Kyle Ringo writes that Colorado is likely to not have a player drafted for the first time since 2010. Cornerback Greg Henderson has the best shot of any Buff to hear his name called.
Cool story right here – Jon Gold of the Arizona Daily Star features former Arizona football player Haig Abnous, who is now an agent and represents former Dawg Danny Shelton, who in turn figures to go in the first half of the first round (potentially top 10).
Oregon State cornerback Dashon Hunt has medically retired from football, reports Gina Mizell. Hunt has spinal stenosis, which “can cause pain, numbness, muscle weakness and problems with bladder or bowel function,” according to the Mayo Clinic. Hunt’s Instagram post is included in Mizell’s link.
Juicy future scheduling news – Utah football will play a home-and-home series with Baylor in 2023 (Baylor) and 2024 (Utah). Unless they meet in a bowl game or College Football Playoff, the 2023 battle will be the schools’ first meeting.
Ted Miller discusses the Washington football depth chart at the conclusion of spring practice. Not a whole lot of things have been decided personnel-wise, but the secondary has certainly looked good.
David Lombardi examines Arizona State football’s summer conditioning program headed by sports performance coach Shawn Griswold.
Jacob Thorpe explains that the Washington State quarterbacks will lead offseason workouts without coach supervision.
Stanford men’s golf won the Pac-12 title again, while Maverick McNealy took home medalist honors. The Cardinal had a 14-stroke edge over second-place Oregon.