Who does Madden project as the best players from the Pac-12 this season? We compiled that data.
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1. Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) - 97
Christian McCaffrey starred at Stanford where he racked up 6,987 all purpose yards from 2014-2016. After being selected 9th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, McCaffrey has become the best running back in the NFL and had a spectacular season in 2019 with 2,392 yards.
2. David Bakhtiari (Colorado) - 96
David Bakhtiari played for the Buffs from 2009 to 2012 and was eventually selected in the 4th round in 2013. The former Colorado star quickly proved he was underrated and since has become a 3x Pro Bowl selection.
2. Aaron Rodgers (Cal) - 96
Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time with 3 MVP Awards, 9 Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl Title. Before becoming an NFL star, Rodgers played at Cal during the Jeff Tedford era and led the Golden Bears to a 10 win season in 2004.
4. Budda Baker (UW) - 93
Budda Baker is one of the most fearless and tough players in the NFL. The Husky product is extremely fun to watch as he covers ground and lays monster hits against his opponents. Baker has already been selected to 3 Pro Bowls and came to the Arizona Cardinals after being named to All-Pac-12 1st Team 2x.
4. Cam Jordan (Cal) - 93
Cam Jordan was selected in the 1st Round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Cal and has since been named to 6 Pro Bowls. In 2019, Jordan signed a 3 year $52.5 million extension to stay in New Orleans.
4. Keenan Allen (Cal) - 93
Keenan Allen was a big time weapon for the California Golden Bears in 2011 when he totaled 1,343 receiving yards. Allen's 6-2 size translated well to the NFL and he has made 4 straight Pro Bowls with the Chargers.
7. DeForest Buckner (Oregon) - 92
Oregon's DeForest Buckner is arguably the best interior defensive lineman in the NFL and was a 1st Team All-Pro in 2020. Standing at 6-7, Buckner has imposing size and was dominant in the Pac-12 while winning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
8. Tyron Smith (USC) - 91
USC's Tyron Smith played for the Trojans from 2008-2010 and then was selected in the 1st Round in 2011 by the Dallas Cowboys. Smith made 7 straight Pro Bowls from 2013-2019.
9. Eric Kendricks (UCLA) - 90
Eric Kendricks was a tackling machine with the Bruins and won the Butkus award as the top Linebacker in the country in 2014. After racking up 476 tackles in 4 seasons with UCLA, Kendricks was selected in the 2nd Round by Minnesota and made the Pro Bowl in 2019.
10. Kenny Clark (UCLA) - 89
Kenny Clark played a few seasons with Eric Kendricks at UCLA before being selected in the 1st Round in 2016. The Green Bay Packer Nose Tackle is great at stuffing the run and generating interior pressure as seen by his 18.5 career sacks. In 2020, Clark signed a 4 year $70 million contract extension.
11. Vita Vea (UW) - 88
Vita Vea is a massive human being at 347lbs and that size made him unblockable at Washington where he tormented opposing Quarterbacks with his interior pressure. Vea is an NFL player on the rise and should have his best season yet in 2021.
11. Marcus Peters (UW) - 88
Marcus Peters is the most dynamic corner in the NFL with big time playmaking ability. Peters often makes game changing plays and has 31 career interceptions in the NFL, 9 forced fumbles and 7 touchdowns. The former UW lockdown corner was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 and has made 3 career Pro Bowls.