- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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It will come as no surprise that Mel Kiper Jr. sees two of the five best senior QBs and three of the six best underclass QBs coming from the Pac-12.
But who would have thought that three of the 11 best defensive tackles would come from the Pac-12, while none came from the D-line rich SEC?
Really emerged in 2013 as his first-team reps arrived. McCarthy was a big-time recruit, but he had to learn about leverage and keeping blockers occupied, not just looking to shed them immediately and make plays in the backfield. He has a powerful, 6-4, 330-pound frame and could emerge as a likely first-rounder.
The third Pac-12 DT is Washington senior Danny Shelton.
On the defensive downside, Kiper doesn't including any Pac-12 defensive ends on his list, which bodes well for those QBs.
On offense, Kiper likes Pac-12 receivers but not running backs. He rates Stanford's Ty Montgomery the No. 2 senior receiver and Arizona State's Jaelen Strong and USC's Nelson Agholor as the Nos. 2 and 3 underclassmen, but Oregon's Byron Marshall -- at 5B -- is the only conference running back to make the list.