Some Pac-12 draft notes

ESPN draft guru Todd McShay took a measure of specific qualities of offensive of players expected to be selected in this week's NFL draft, which starts Thursday, and a number of Pac-12 players fall into interesting spots.

Here are some notes.


McShay ranked Washington's Jake Locker No. 3 overall among the QBs, behind Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Auburn's Cam Newton.

He ranks Locker No. 2 in toughness/leadership.

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McShay ranks Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers and Stanford's Owen Marecic No. 1 among the RBs and FBs in competitiveness. Marecic is No. 2 among FBs in pass blocking.

He ranks California's Shane Vereen No. 3 in vision/patience, No. 2 in receiving skills and No. 3 in pass blocking.

USC's Stanley Havili No. 1 among FBs in vision/patience, agility/acceleration and receiving skills.

McShay has Vereen ranked ninth overall and Rodgers 10th among running backs. Marecic is No. 4 among FBs and Havili is No. 6.

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McShay ranks USC's Jordan Cameron third in both ball skills and big-play ability.

He ranks Cameron sixth overall among TEs.

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He ranks USC's Tyron Smith No. 1 in pass protection among OTs. He ranks Colorado's Nate Solder No. 2 in run blocking among OTs.

Among centers, USC's Kristofer O'Dowd ranks No. 3 in awareness.

McShay ranks Smith No. 1 overall among offensive line prospects. Solder is fifth.