Pac-12 in NFL draft: Defense rules!

ESPN draft guru Todd McShay has published his NFL mock draft 5.0, which includes analysis of several scenarios for each teamInsider, and he projects four Pac-12 players being selected in the first round.

But that's not what's interesting.

What's interesting is all four are defensive players. The 14-team, defensive-minded SEC has six defensive players in McShay's projection.

While I'm too lazy to go through every previous NFL draft to find out if that has happened before, my guess is it hasn't.

McShay has it going like this:

Of course, there are several Pac-12 offensive players who could break up this foursome: Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, California receiver Keenan Allen and USC quarterback Matt Barkley all remain potential first-round picks.

Further, when you consider that the Pac-12 welcomes back two certain preseason All-Americans in Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton and UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, as well as several other All-American candidates -- Stanford safety Ed Reynolds, Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy, and Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu -- it would seem the conference is on the defensive uptick.