• Pac-12 NFL draft preview

  • By ESPN.com staff | April 25, 2012 5:30:31 PM PDT

The hype and speculations begin to end on Thursday when the NFL draft kicks off with Stanford QB Andrew Luck's name being called by Roger Goodell for the Indianapolis Colts.

Will Stanford get four picks in the first round? Will Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict, once a first-round prospect, and/or Oregon QB Darron Thomas get drafted?

We shall see over the weekend.

The Pac-12 should produce between 40-50 draft picks, and every conference team has at least one legitimate prospect to get selected.

Burfict is the big tumbler, and a report that he failed a drug test at the NFL combine won't help. The big climbers have been Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro, who could end up a top-15 pick, and California LB Mychal Kendricks, who's gone from off the radar to perhaps the second round.

And who thought a year ago that Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler would get picked before the third round was over this spring?

So, how do things stack up?

You can see ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper's final mock draft here Insider.

Here's what he's got for the Pac-12.

1. Andrew Luck (Stanford), QB, Indianapolis Colts
This we've known since the Colts wrapped up the NFL's worst record. I think where we're all really intrigued is what the Colts decide to do at No. 34. Do they go with an offensive piece (WR, TE) to help Luck, or do they try to shore up a defense that has huge needs in a couple spots? I think right now I'd be more inclined to help my young QB, but we'll have to see how the value falls.

5. Matt Kalil (USC), OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
: If the board fell this way, I can also see the Bucs working the phones to get out of this spot. Kalil really would be a nice addition for this team, but they could shop the pick to a team in more desperate need of a top tackle.

11. David DeCastro (Stanford) OG, Kansas City Chiefs
: I have guard down as a top need for the Chiefs, and DeCastro will fix that problem immediately. This is as elite as you'll get from this position. He's the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson, and is the kind of player who improves your running game overnight. Not a tough call.

26. Coby Fleener (Stanford), TE, Houston Texans
The Texans now have a void at tight end, and Fleener is the best one in the class. Houston's offense really needs an effective tight end, but not just in an underneath role. Fleener is a great one because he has the size and quickness to work underneath against linebackers, but also the straight-line speed of a receiver to stretch the field in the seam and on the edges. I like the fit.

Here's Kiper's final Big Board Insider. And Todd McShay's final top-32 Insider.

Here's a stab at a full seven round mock draft Insider.

Its last Pac-12 pick? Former Washington receiver Jermaine Kearse, going to Pittsburgh with the 246th overall selection. It also has former Oregon CB Cliff Harris going on the seventh round to the Atlanta Falcons.

Finally, here's a list of the eligible players from the Pac-12. We bolded players we believe will get drafted.

QB Nick Foles
RB Keola Antolin
WR Juron Criner
WR David Douglas
LB Paul Vassallo
CB Trevin Wade
DB Robert Golden
K John Bonano

Arizona State
QB Brock Osweiler
WR Gerell Robinson

WR Mike Willie
WR Aaron Pflugrad
WR T.J. Simpson
OT Aderious Simmons
OT Dan Knapp
OL Mike Marcisz
C Garth Gerhart
DE Jamaar Jarrett
LB Vontaze Burfict
CB Omar Bolden
S Eddie Elder
S Clint Floyd

WR Marvin Jones
WR Michael Calvin
TE Anthony Miller
FB Will Kapp
OT Mitchell Schwartz
OG Justin Cheadle
DE Trevor Guyton
DE Ernest Owusu
LB Mychal Kendricks
LB D.J. Holt
S Sean Cattouse
S D.J Campbell
S CJ Moncrease
P Bryan Anger
K Giorgio Tavecchio

QB Tyler Hansen
RB Rodney Stewart
WR Toney Clemons
OG Ryan Miller
OG Ethan Adkins
DT Conrad Obi
S Travis Sandersfeld

QB Darron Thomas
RB LaMichael James
WR Lavasier Tuinei
TE David Paulson
OT Darrion Weems
OG Mark Asper
DL Terrell Turner
LB Josh Kaddu
CB Cliff Harris

CB Anthony Gildon
S Eddie Pleasant

Oregon State
WR James Rodgers
TE Joe Halahuni
OT Mike Remmers
C Grant Johnson
LB Cameron Collins
S Brandon Hardin
S Lance Mitchell
P John Hekker

QB Andrew Luck
RB Jeremy Stewart
WR Chris Owusu
WR Griff Whalen
TE Coby Fleener
OT Jonathan Martin
OG David DeCastro
DL Matt Masifilo
LB Max Bergen
S Delano Howell
S Michael Thomas
DB Johnson Bademosi

RB Derrick Coleman
WR Nelson Rosario
WR Taylor Embree
TE Cory Harkey
C Kai Maiava
OT Mike Harris
DT Nate Chandler
LB Glenn Love
DB Jamie Graham
S Tony Dye

RB Marc Tyler
WR Barndon Carswell
TE/FB Rhett Ellison
OT Matt Kalil
DT Dajohn Harris
DT Christian Tupou
DT Armond Armstead
DE Nick Perry
LB Chris Galippo
DB T.J. Bryant
S Marshall Jones

OT Tony Bergstrom
OT John Cullen

DT James Aiono
DE Derrick Shelby
LB Chaz Walker
LB Matt Martinez
CB Conroy Black

RB Chris Polk
WR Jermaine Kearse
WR Devin Aguilar
OL Senio Kelemete
DT Alameda Ta'amu

DE Everrette Thompson
LB Cort Dennison
DB Quinton Richardson
P Kiel Rasp
P Will Mahan
K Erik Folk

Washington State
RB Logwone Mitz
WR Isiah Barton
WR Jared Karstetter
OT David Gonzales
OL B.J. Guerra
OL Wade Jacobson
DT Brandon Rankin
LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis
CB Aire Justin

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