Ranking the Pac-12 NFL Draft Prospects for 2021

Penei Sewell leads a talented cast of Pac-12 players looking to bolster their draft stock this season.


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1. Penei Sewell - Oregon Ducks (6-6 330 OL)


Oregon's Penei Sewell is a generational talent. By the end of the 2020 season, Sewell could go down as the greatest offensive lineman in the history of college football. The dominant offensive tackle posted a 95.5 PFF grade in 2019, which is the highest since PFF began tracking. Sewell would have been a Top 5 pick if he could have left after his Sophomore year and should be even more dominant this season with additional strength, skill and experience under his belt.


Projection: Top 5 Pick


2. Walker Little - Stanford (6-7 320 OL)


Walker Little came to Stanford from Houston, Texas as the #1 recruit in the entire nation according to 247. His Freshman season was a success as he was named the Freshman Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Little then made the jump to 1st Team All Pac-12 as a sophomore. An unfortunate injury in 2019 derailed Little's NFL hopes for a year but assuming Little can makes it back to his old form he should have a solid chance of being a Top 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.


Projection: Top 20 Pick


3. Jevon Holland - Oregon (6-1 200 S)


Holland dominated as a Freshman for the Ducks in 2018 while registering 5 interceptions and 42 tackles. That campaign was followed by another stellar season that resulted in being named PFF All Pac-12 1st Team. Holland's draft stock will be influenced by how he runs at the NFL Combine and could determine whether he ends up in the 1st Round or falls to the 2nd or 3rd.


Projection: 1st Round


4. Amon-Ra St. Brown - USC (6-1 195 WR)


The Trojans have a proud tradition of producing NFL wide receivers. Since 2013, USC has developed 5 1st/2nd Round draft picks at receiver and St. Brown appears to be the next in line. Playing in the Air Raid offense should produce plenty of opportunities for the former 5 star prospect to put up gaudy numbers once again. Last season, St. Brown posted 1107 yards and 7 touchdowns during a break out season. Similar to Holland, the combine performance will be critical. Without an above average 40 time, the talented receiver could see himself fall to the late 2nd or early 3rd round.


Projection: Late 1st- 2nd Round


5. Joe Tryon - Washington (6-5 262 DE)


Joe Tryon is a physical specimen that embodies the physical traits you look for in a pass rusher. Tryon broke out during his Sophomore season at Washington in 2019 while finishing with 12.5 TFL and 8 sacks on his way to earning 2nd Team All Pac-12 honors. The final 5 games of 2019 are where Tryon really shined. In those 5 games, he totaled 10 TFL and 6 sacks. If Tryon can carry that performance over to 2020, he should receive 1st round hype.


Projection: 2nd Round


6. Levi Onwuzurike - Washington (6-3 288 DL)


Projection: 2nd Round


7. Jay Tufele - USC (6-3 315 DL)


Projection: 2nd Round


8. Elijah Molden - Washington (5-10 191 CB)


Projection: 2nd-3rd Round


9. Deommodore Lenoir - Oregon (5-11 203 CB)


Projection: 2nd-3rd Round


10. Paulson Adebo - Stanford (6-1 192 CB)


Projection: 2nd-3rd Round


11. Thomas Graham Jr - Oregon (5-11 193 CB)


Projection: 2nd-3rd round


12. Hamilcar Rashed - Oregon State (6-4 238 DE/OLB)


Projection: 2nd-3rd Round


13. Talanoa Hufanga - USC (6-1 215 S)


Projection: 2nd-3rd Round


14. Max Borghi - WSU (5-10 197 RB)


Projection: 3rd Round


15. CJ Verdell - Oregon (5-9 205 RB)


Projection: 3rd-4th Round


16. Osa Odighizuwa - UCLA (6-2 279 DL)


Projection: 3rd-4th Round


17. Foster Sarrell - Stanford (6-7 330 OL)


Projection: 3rd-4th Round


18. Tyler Vaughns - USC Trojans (6-2 190 WR)


Projection: 3rd-4th Round


19. Merlin Robertson - ASU (6-3 251 LB)


Projection: 3rd-4th Round


20. Demetric Felton - UCLA (5-9 185 RB)


Projection: 4th-5th Round



Names to Watch:


Cam Bynum - Cal CB

Brant Kuithe - Utah TE

Devin Lloyd - Utah LB

A. Vera-Tucker - USC OL

Palaie Gaoteote - USC LB

Mustafa Johnson - CU DL

Jordon Scott - Oregon DL

Aashari Crosswell - ASU S

Jack Jones - ASU DB

Frank Darby - ASU WR

Chase Lucas - ASU DB

Abe Lucas - WSU OL

Keith Taylor - UW CB

T. Booker - Stanford DE



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