We’re three weeks out from the NFL Draft, which often seems to plod along but will assuredly have better pacing than the second half of the national championship game Monday night.
With the draft looming, I reached out to CBSSports.com analyst Rob Rang to gauge the current view of the top Pac-12 prospects.
Rang has six slotted into the first round of his latest mock draft and several more in close range of the first round.
We chatted for 20 minutes (link below) on a variety of topics, including:
*** The likely draft-weekend fate of Washington CB Sidney Jones, who was a first-round lock until suffering a ruptured Achilles at the end of his Pro Day workout in Seattle.
(Rang was there and recalled the awful scene.)
*** The possibility that Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, and not Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, could be the No. 1 overall pick to Cleveland.
(We also spent a few minutes on the likelihood of the Browns using the selection on a quarterback, but not homegrown Mitch Trubisky.)
*** The potential for USC CB Adoree Jackson to play the role of a “mock-buster” (Rang’s term) and sneak into the first round.
*** The emergence of Utah OT Garett Bolles as a first-rounder in a draft that’s notably light on elite players at that coveted position.
*** Possible sleeper prospects: Players projected to go late in the draft who could jump into the middle rounds.
*** The impact, or lack thereof, of Washington WR John Ross’ record-breaking 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine.
*** The conference’s loaded lineup of quarterbacks for the 2017 season/2018 draft.
Specifically, I asked Rang which QB would be atop his list as the hypothetical general manager of the team with the No. 1 pick in 2018.
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