The NFL draft is just under two weeks away. A lot of teams looking to get better and improve their talent pool. I will take a look at the Pac 12 top 5 NFL draft prospects.
1. Byron Murphy Cornerback Washington
Murphy could go pretty high in this draft. He has excellent cover skills, and even with a small frame, he is willing to play physical. Murphy was the Pac-12 championship game MVP for the Washington Huskies. At his size, he could make a good slot corner, but i think he can be just as effective on the outside. Murphy will probably go mid to late first round.
2. N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State
N’Keal Harry is a guy i like, he has excellent size and very athletic for his size. Still a bit raw at route running, but i think in time he can improve on that. Last season with the Sun Devils Harry caught 73 passes for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns. Along with his receiving skills, Harry can also punt return. I can see Harry going late first round or early second.
3. Taylor Rapp Safety Washington
Rapp is an excellent all-around safety with the right size, speed, and athletic. He also plays well in zone coverage covering the middle of the field well. Rapp is not afraid to hit you either. He will come up and make the sure tackle and shed blocks well. I liken Rapp to Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. I think Rapp will be a late first or second round pick.
4. J.J Arcega-Whiteside WR Stanford
Whiteside is an intriguing player to me; he is 6’4 226 an excellent big physical receiver. The former Stanford Cardinal played in an NFL type offense at Stanford. The big receiver does a good job getting off jams and has excellent hands. Last season at Stanford he caught 63 balls for 1.059 yards and 14 touchdowns. With his size in the NFL, he can be a good jump ball and red zone threat. Whiteside could be a second or third round pick.
5. Andre Dillard Offensive Tackle Washington State
Dillard is an excellent pass blocker coming in from a pass-first offense at Washington State. He is an outstanding athlete and his quick on his feet, both good traits to have at the tackle position. Along, with his passing blocking skills, he can run block pretty well also. With his pass blocking skills, Dillard could get drafted mid to late first round.
Lamarr Fields is a big time college football fan, covering all things Pac-12 for Saturday Tailgate