It’s draft week! And if you’ve been following the mocks, you are well aware that several Pac-12 players could hear their names called when things kick off on Thursday with the first round.
First things first, here is a schedule of events.
One player expecting to hear his name called early is Cal’s Jared Goff, who might be the No. 1 overall pick. Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times has this big feature on Goff, which chronicles his rise and his blue-collar work ethic.
"I don't know if I've ever seen a kid that's had more of an ability to come up with a plan and work that plan," Cal coach Sonny Dykes told Farmer.
Also from Farmer, a look at how interior defensive linemen might be very desirable in this year’s draft. Oregon’s DeForest Buckner is among those sought-after linemen. Farmer notes that he expects Buckner to be potentially a top-five pick.
Speaking of first-round draft picks, here’s a reminder of all of the Pac-12 players who have been taken in the first round since 2000:
2015 (9): Marcus Mariota (Oregon, No. 2 overall); Leonard Williams (USC, No. 6); Danny Shelton (Washington, No. 12); Andrus Peat (Stanford, No. 13); Arik Armstead (Oregon, No. 17); Marcus Peters (Washington, No. 18*); Nelson Agholor (USC, No. 20); Shaq Thompson (Washington, No. 25); Damarious Randall (ASU, No. 30)
2010 (2): Tyson Alualu (Cal, No. 10); Jahvid Best (Cal, No. 30)
2008 (6): Sedrick Ellis (USC, No. 7); Keith Rivers (USC, No. 9); Jonathan Stewart (Oregon, No. 13); Sam Baker (USC, No. 21); Antoine Cason (Arizona, No. 27); Lawrence Jackson (USC, No. 28)
2007 (1): Marshawn Lynch (Cal, No. 12)
2003 (8): Carson Palmer (USC, No. 1); Terrell Suggs (Arizona State, No. 10); Marcus Trufant (Washington State, No. 11); Troy Polamalu (USC, No. 16); Kyle Boller (Cal, No. 19); Kwame Harris (Stanford, No. 26); Nick Barnett (Oregon State, No. 29); Nnamdi Asomugha (Cal, No. 31)
2002 (4, also the first year with 32 picks): Joey Harrington (Oregon, No. 3); Levi Jones (Arizona State, No. 10); Jerramy Stevens (Washington, No. 28); Robert Thomas (UCLA, No. 31)
2001 (4): Andre Carter (Cal, No. 7); Adam Archuleta (Arizona State, No. 20); Freddie Mitchell (UCLA, No. 25); Todd Heap (Arizona State, No. 31)
2000 (4): Deltha O'Neal (Cal, No. 15); Erik Flowers (Arizona State, No. 26); R. Jay Soward (USC, No. 29); Trung Canidate (Arizona, No. 31).
*Kicked off team midseason