Pac-12 NFL draft recap: Day 2


After a strong showing in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, the Pac-12 picked up where it left off with an additional 16 selections between the second and third rounds on Day 2. With 99 picks in the book, the Pac-12 leads all conferences with 25 players selected, followed by the SEC (22), ACC (20), Big Ten (15) and Big 12 (7).

All selections can be found here.

Here are some notable takeaways from Day 2:

-- Stanford was the day’s big winner with four selections to up its two-day total to five – one behind Florida State for the most picks of any school. S Jordan Richards went to New England with the final pick of the second round before CB Alex Carter (Detroit), DE Henry Anderson (Indianapolis) and WR Ty Montgomery (Green Bay) went in the third.

-- If Stanford had the best day, then Utah was next. Only Florida State (4) and the Cardinal had more players selected on Day 2 than Utah's trio of CB Eric Rowe (Philadelphia), DE Nate Orchard (Cleveland) and Jeremiah Poutasi (Tennessee). Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly got things rolling by trading up to snag Rowe with the 47th overall pick. Four spots later, Cleveland selected Orchard to be part of a front that will also include Washington's Danny Shelton (No. 12 overall) and Washington State's Xavier Cooper (No. 96). Poutasi was the second pick of the third round, justifying what was perceived by many as a questionable decision to leave early.

-- ASU WR Jaelen Strong was the No. 19 player on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board, but when the second round ended, he was still without a team. Plenty of people were left puzzled by this, not least of whom was Strong himself.

Houston drafted him with the sixth pick of the third round, but that wasn't before 10 other receivers were selected.

The answer is yes. Anthony Barr was clearly pleased Minnesota decided to reunite him with fellow UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks.

-- It wasn't all good news, however, for UCLA. Quarterback Brett Hundley, who at times during his career was widely considered to be a potential first-round pick, was still on the board when the third round ended. So long as Hundley lands in a good situation, it shouldn't matter, but it's hard not to wonder how another season would have affected his stock.

-- Gina Mizell of the Oregonian (and an ESPN camera crew) were at the Mannion family home in Silverton, Oregon, when St. Louis made Sean Mannion, the Pac-12's all-time leading passer, the fourth quarterback selected. Read her dispatch here.

-- Washington linebacker Hao'Oli Kikaha became the fourth member of the Washington defense to be drafted when New Orleans selected him with the No. 44 overall pick. At that point, the Huskies had twice as many draft picks as the entire Big 12 Conference.