2021 Draft Eligible Prospects: PAC-12 Underclassmen

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Today we continue our series on all of the draft eligible prospects from the west region of Division 1, both FBS and FCS. Specifically, this article is going to look at the PAC-12 underclassmen. I will note starters going into 2020 and notable stats so we can find out who to keep an eye on in the 2020 college football season. I will designate expected starters with (*).

Oregon:

CJ Verdell RB *

Jevon Holland S *

Bennett Williams S

Daewood Davis WR

Jack Vecchi WR

Travis Dye RB

Cyrus Habibi-Likio RB

Isaac Slade-Matautia ILB *

Popo Aumavae DT

Ryan Walk OL

T.J. Bass OL *

Penei Sewell OL *

Karsten Battles LS

Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu OL *

Alex Forsyth OL *

DJ Johnson TE

Devon Williams WR

Steve Stephens IV S

Tyler Shough QB *

Bradley Yaffe QB

Spencer Webb TE *

Tevin Jeannis WR

Vincenzo Logan WR

Andrew Johnson Jr. ILB

Adrian Jackson OLB

Korbin Williams WR

Jordan Adeyemi-John CB

Henry Katleman K

Lucas Noland S

Tom Snee P

MJ Cunningham ILB

KJ Maduike RB

Nick Wiebe ILB

Peyton Yanagi LS

Andrew Faoliu OLB

Miguel Nevarez OL

Devin Lewis OL

Dawson Jaramillo OL

Steven Jones OL *

Chris Randazzo OL

Bryan Addison WR *

Isaah Crocker WR

Taylor Koth K

Players to Watch:

Penei Sewell: Sewell is widely regarded as the top Offensive Tackle Heading into the 2021 NFL draft. Look for him to continue to dominate the Pac-12 this season and earn a Top 5 selection next April.

CJ Verdell: The teams top running, he ran for 1,220 yards and 8 TDs in 2019. He is fresher than some Running backs heading into the 2020 season as fellow underclassmen Travis Dye and Cyrus Habib-Likio get their fair share of carries as backups.

Jevon Holland: Holland was arguably the best defender for Oregon in 2019. The versatile safety can play in single high coverage, in the box, but he thrives as a Nickelback. He is currently projected as a Mid first round pick in the 2021 Draft.

 

Oregon State:

Tyjon Lindsey WR *

Calvin Tyler, Jr. RB

Tristan Gebbia QB *

Jaydon Grant DB

Aidan Willard QB

Kolby Taylor WR *

Nick Moore QB

Jack Colletto ILB

Kaleb Hayes DB

Champ Flemings WR

B.J. BaylorRB

David Morris DB *

Moku Watson DB

Avery Roberts ILB *

Mason Moran DB

Luke Loecher P

Kyrei Fisher ILB

Ralph Taufa’asau TE

Jake Scarton K

Noah Seumalo ILB

Onesimus Clarke OL *

Brandon Kipper OL *

Brock Wellsfry OL

Jaelen Bush OL

Dakota Napierkowski OL

Job Dockery WR

Bryce Bramscher TE

Isaac Garcia OLB

Simon Sandberg DL *

Alexander Skelton DL

Cody Anderson DL

Jermar Jefferson RB *

John McCartan OLB

Matthew Tago OLB

Tre’Shaun Harrison WR

Nashton Wright DB *

Teagan Quitoriano TE *

Isaac Hodgins DL

Jaden Robinson DB

Alton Julian DB *

Chance Nolan QB

Jesiah Irish WR

I’Shawn Stewart WR

Addison Gumbs OLB *

Jonathan Riley DB

Trey Lowe RB

Rweha Munyagi Jr. WR

Kitan Oladapo DB

Kanoa Shannon RB

Connor Morton RB

Mikey Alfieri RB

James Rawls DL

Riley Sharp OLB

Rob Vanderlaan OL

Jake Levengood OL

Sebastian Briski DL

Tavis Shippen DL

Keishon Dawkins DL

Players to Watch:

Avery Roberts: Roberts led the Beavers in total tackles last season and should be a top contributor again in the middle of the 3-4 defense in 2020. His play style fits the mold of a traditional 3-4 run stuffer.

Jamar Jefferson: Jefferson looks to be the main offensive weapon for OSU in 2020. He was a few carries short of a 50-50 work load with 2019 senior Running back Art Pierce, and with his departure, Jefferson’s work load could increase exponentially.

 

Washington:

Terrell Bynum WR *

Ty Jones WR

Cade Otton TE *

Peyton Henry K *

Joe Tryon OLB *

Jaxson Kirkland OL *

Cole Norgaard OL

Henry Bainivalu OL

Chase Skuza OL

Corey Luciano OL

Alex Cook DB *

Zechariah Brown DB

Richard Newton RB

Marquis Spiker WR

Jacob Sirmon QB *

Austin Osborne WR

Kyler Gordon DB *

Dominique Hampton DB

Julius Irvin DB

David Pritchard WR

Triston Brown P

Ben Hines LB

Jack Westover TE

Jackson Sirmon LB *

Edefuan Ulofoshio LB

MJ Tafisi LB *

Zion Tupuola-Fetui OLB

Draco Bynum DL

Noah Hellyer OL

Ulumoo Ale OL *

Will Pliska OL

Gage Harty OL

Matteo Mele OL

Victor Curne OL *

Devin Culp TE

Tuli Letuligasenoa DL *

Sam Taimani DL

Players to Watch:

Joe Tryon: Tyron led the Huskies in TFLs and Sacks in 2019 with 12.5 and 8.0, respectively.  The 6’5, 262 Edge Rusher has been named to Athlon’s preseason All-Pac-12 first team.

Jaxson Kirkland: Joining Tryon on Athlon’s preseason All-Pac-12 first team, Kirkland has been a mainstay at Right Guard since his sophomore year. Unfortunately he missed the Apple cup and Las Vegas bowl in 2019 due to injury, but is expected to bounce back in 2020.

 

Washington State:

Travell Harris WR

Jamire Calvin WR

Lamonte McDougle DL

John Bledsoe QB

Cole Dubots RB

Willie Taylor III EDGE *

Chad Davis Jr. S

Armani Marsh CB *

Damion Lee NB

Blake Mazza K *

David Aldapa LS

Brian Greene OL *

Seth Yost OL

Jimmy Price OL

Abraham Lucas OL *

Christian Mejia DL

Johan Zetterberg K

Dallas Hobbs DL *

Derrick Langford CB *

Max Borghi RB *

Tyrese Ross S

Cammon Cooper QB

Ron Stone Jr. EDGE

Kassidy Woods WR

William Overstreet CB

Pat Nunn DB

Halid Djibril CB

Hank Pladson LB

Jarrett Kingston OL

Ricky Baker LB

Austin Martin OL

Joshua Erling EDGE

Hunter Mayginnes OL

Michael Van Beek DL

Cade Beresford OL

Tyler Williams LS

Syr Riley OL

Blake McDonald OL

Brennan Jackson DL

Lucas Bacon WR

Brandon Gray WR *

Mitchell Quinn WR

Ahmir Crowder DL

Players to Watch:

Max Borghi: Borghi was the top offensive weapon for the Cougars in 2019 as a threat on the ground and through the air. He had 1,414 total yards on offense (817 rushing, 597 receiving) and 16 total TDs. He could work his way to an early second day pick in Aprils draft.

Abraham Lucas: Lucas is said to be the best pass blocking Right Tackle in the country and was named to the outland trophy watch list in 2019. With another successful season he could be a high draft pick with the possibility to be moved to Left Tackle due to his pass blocking prowess.

 

Utah:

Moroni AnaeLB

Stone Azarcon DB

Bronson Boyd DB

Devin Brumfield RB *

Britain Covey WR *

Jaylen Dixon WR

Solomon Enis WR *

Scott Foley DT

Nick Ford OL *

Cole Fotheringham TE

TJ Green RB

R.J. Hubert DB *

Brant Kuithe TE *

Devin Lloyd LB *

Joe Ludwig TE

Sione Lund LB *

Pierre Moudourou WR

Noah Rodriguez-Trammell LS

Nephi Sewell LB

Dylan Slavens WR

Skyler Southam K

Mika Tafua DE *

Bryan Thompson WR *

Braeden Daniels OL *

Tyler Gonzalez DE

Blake Kuithe DE

Ben Lennon P

Johnny Maea OL

Paul Maile OL

Andrew Mata’afa LB

Malone Mataele DB *

Simi Moala OL *

Eli Morrow DT

Fua Pututau DE

Cameron Rising QB

Dominique Thompson WR

Thomas Yassmin TE

Player to Watch:

Brant Kuithe: Among returning players in 2020, Kuithe had the most total yards in 2019. He contributed with 34 receptions, 602 receiving yards, a 6 receiving TDs. He also had 6 rushing attempts, 102 rushing yards, and 3 TDs, which gives him value as an H-Back/Delanie Walker type player.

Devin Lloyd: From the Linebacker position, Lloyd led the Utes in tackles in 2019 with 91 total tackles, and also contributed with 11 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 1 INT, and 1 TD. Look for him to lead Utah’s defense again in 2020.

 

Stanford:

Michael Wilson WR *

Donjae Logan CB

Andres Fox OLB

Jack West QB

Ethan Bonner CB

Simi Fehoko WR

Jacob Mangum-Farrar ILB

Dylan Plautz QB

Kendall Williamson S *

Justus Woods RB

Jay Symonds FB

Cameron McFarlane RB

Thomas Booker DE *

Tobe Umerah OLB

Caleb Kelly OLB

TaeVeon Le TE

Ricky Miezan ILB*

Tangaloa Kaufusi OLB

Kyle Petrucci LS *

Jake Lynch ILB

Brycen Tremayne WR

Trey LaBounty DE

Players to Watch:

Michael Wilson: Wilson returns in 2020 as the team’s top receiver. In 2019 he had 56 receptions for 672 yards and 5 TDs. He also provides a bit of value in the return game on kick and punt returns, which of course gives him more value in the draft process.

Thomas Booker: Booker will man one of the edges of Stanford’s defensive line again in 2020. Last season saw him put up solid numbers as he got 50 total tackles, 8.5 TFLs, and 4.0 sacks. He will need to increase those numbers in 2020 to move up draft boards.

 

USC:

Greg Johnson NB *

Isaiah Pola-Mao S *

Jack Webster WR

Hunter Echols OLB

Ben Easington RB

Chase McGrath K

Juliano Falaniko OLB

Jack Drake CB

Nick Figueroa DL

Marlon Tuipulotu DL *

Bryce Matthews OLB

Brett Neilon OL *

Damian Lopez OL

Jalen McKenzie OL *

Andrew Vorhees OL *

Alijah Vera-Tucker OL *

Jay Tufele DL *

Palaie Gaoteote IV ILB *

Olaijah Griffin CB *

Amon-Ra St. Brown WR *

Talanoa Hufanga S *

Kana’i Mauga ILB

Alex Stadthaus K

Isaac Taylor-Stuart CB

Chase Williams S

JT Daniels QB

Zach Wilson WR

Raymond Scott S

Ben Griffiths P

Jordan McMillan S

Markese Stepp RB

Eli’jah Winston ILB

Brad Aoki WR

Jac Casasante LS

Abdul-Malik McClain OLB

Peter Esparza OLB

Spencer Gilbert ILB

Justin Dedich OL *

Solomon Tuliaupupu ILB

AJ Mageo OL

Mark Zuvich OL

Liam Douglass OL

Trevor Trout DL

Players to Watch:

Amon-Ra St. Brown: St. Brown is considered to be one of the better recievers heading into the 2021 NFL draft. Last season he had 1,042 receiving yards on 77 receptions, and 6 TDs. With the departure of Michael Pittman Jr., St. Brown’s numbers should grow in 2020.

Talanoa Hufanga: Hufanga, was second on the team in most major defensive categories for the Trojans in 2019. He had 90 total tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 3 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles. He reminds me of a lesser version of former Trojan Safety Troy Polamalu.

 

Colorado:

Guy Thomas OLB

Jamar Montgomery OLB

Curtis Chiaverini WR

Tyler Lytle QB *

Alex Fontenot RB *

Jaylon Jackson WR

Quinn Perry ILB

Maurice Bell WR *

Justin Jackson DL

Chris Miller CB *

Jeremiah Doss DE

Dante Sparaco DL

Daniel Arias WR

Isaiah Lewis S

Mekhi Blackmon CB

Carson Wells OLB *

Curtis Appleton S

Jonathan Van Diest ILB

Brady Russell TE *

Devin Lynch ILB

Chase Newma ILB

Terrance Lang DE *

Colby Pursell OL *

Chance Lytle OL

William Sherman OL *

Heston Paige C

Jared Poplawski TE

Josh Watts P *

Janaz Jordan DT

Nico Magri DT

Dimitri Stanley WR *

Deion Smith RB

Jarek Broussard RB

Luke Stillwell TE

Dylan Thomas CB

Dustin Johnson S

Ray Robinson ILB

Ryan Travis S

Evan Price K

James Townsend LS

Joshua Jynes C

Kanan Ray OL

John Deitchman OL

Casey Roddick OL *

Frank Fillip OL *

Jake Growth WR

Clayton Baca WR

C.J. Schmanski TE

Tyler Francis K

Jalen Sami DT *

Players to Watch:

Alex Fontenot: Fontenot was Colorado’s main offensive weapon in 2019. In 212 tocuhes, he had 996 total yards (874 rushing yards and 122 receiving) and 5 TDs, which all came on the ground. He could provide solid value in the late rounds of the draft.

Terrance Lang: Lang is the top returning pass rusher for the Buffs in 2020. Last season he had 30 total tackles, and 6.5 TFLs. He also led the team in 2019 with 5.5 sacks. At 6’7” 280 lbs, I see him as a 3-4 End or Defensive Tackle in a 4-3 in the NFL.

 

UCLA:

Mitchell Agude LB

Michael Alves OG

Martin Andrus Jr .NT

Jake Burton OT *

Jaylen Erwin WR *

Demetric Felton RB *

Datona Jackson DT

Caleb Johnson LB

Quentin Lake FS *

Dymond Lee WR

Steven Mason DL

Osa Odighizuwa DE *

Carson Olivas P *

Mo Osling III FS

Leni Toailoa EDGE *

David Vardanian DL

Koby Walsh LS

Jordan Wilson TE

Zach Cochrun OL

Elijah Gates CB

Odua Isibor DE

Cole Kinder RB

Sam Marrazzo OC

Shea Pitts EDGE *

Jay Shaw CB

Jayce Smalley LB

Players to Watch:

Demetric Felton: Felton is heading into 2020 poised to take over as the main offensive threat in Chip Kelly’s offense. The dual threat Running back had 925 yards from scrimmage last season and was even better in the receiving game compared to the rushing game as he had 594 receiving yards and 331 rushing yards. He also had 5 total TDs on the season, 4 through the air and 1 on the ground.

Osa Odighizuwa: Odighizuwa returns as the best Defensive Lineman on the Bruins defense. He led the team in 2019 with 10 TFLs and was second on the team in Sacks with 3.5. He will need to improve those numbers a bit more in 2020 so he can move up draft boards.

 

Cal:

Chase Garbers QB *

Ben Moos OLB

Collin Moore TE

Branden Smith CB

Ricky Walker III WR

Daniel Scott S *

Matt Horwitz OLB

Evan King WR

Daniel Etter LS

Jack Beeman OL

Poutasi Poutasi OL

Gavin Reinwald TE

Jake Tonges TE *

Gabriel Cherry DE/DT

Nikko Remigio WR *

Christopher Brown Jr. RB *

Jamieson Sheahan P *

Sami Nazzal OL

Aaron Maldonado DL

Monroe Young WR

Robby Rowell QB

Steve Mcintosh S

Parker Bosche OLB

Zach Angelillo FB

Nick Henderson ILB

Miles Owens NG

Isaiah Humphries S

Nick Alftin TE

Chigozie Anusiem CB *

Dario Longhetto K/P

Ben Skinner WR

Slater Zellers LS

JH Tevis DE

Tommy Vanis ILB

Evan Tattersall ILB *

Erick Nisich OL

Matthew Cindric OL

Will Craig OL

Brandon Mello OL

Players to Watch:

Christopher Brown Jr.: Brown Jr. is the top offensive weapon the Golden Bears have. Sadly, he was the only player on the offense last year to amass 530 total yards on offense, where he had 1,080. Due to lack of numbers from his teammates, Brown Jr. had 230 touches last year, with 208 coming on the ground, which isn’t great when looking to draft a Running back. He did also lead the team with 12 total TDs.

Chase Garbers: Garbers had a decent 2019 campaign as the Quarterback of the Golden Bears. He threw for 131 completions on 215 attempts for 1,772 yards. That was good for a 60.9 completion percentage. He was safe with the ball as he had a 14 to 3 ratio when looking at TDs to INTs. He also showed a bit of mobility as he ran for 223 yards and 3 TDs.

 

Arizona State:

Tannor Park WR

Cristian Zendejas PK

Cody Shear OL *

Kyle Breed OL

Corey Stephens OL

Kyle Soelle LB

D.J. Davidson DL *

Timarcus Davis DB

K.J. Jarrell DB

Vincenzo Granatelli DB

Aashari Crosswell S *

Merlin Robertson LB

Darien Butler LB *

T.J. Pesefea DL

Jermayne Lole DL *

Geordon Porter WR

Stanley Lambert LB

Cam Phillips S

A.J. Carter RB

Keith Davis WR

Angel Ruiz WR

Alijah Gammage DB

Jarrett Bell OL *

Marco Salas OL

Eddie Medina OL

Spencer Lovell OL

Ralph Frias OL

Grant Miles TE

Michael Matus DE *

Players to Watch:

Darien Butler: Bulter led the Sun Devils in total tackles last season with 88. 6.5 of those came as TFLs, and he even had 1 sack. He has been dubbed as one of the most physical Linebackers on the west coast and looks to be a major contributor in ASU’s 3-3-5 defense in 2020.

Aashari Crosswell: Crosswell was one of the top pass defenders on ASU in 2019. He is more of an over the top free safety, but he is considered to be a solid ball hawk. In 2019 he had 50 total tackles, 2 INTs, 10 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery and 3 forced fumbles.

 

Arizona:

Drew Dixon WR

Brian Casteel WR *

Cameron Fietz QB

Malik Hausman CB

Rhedi Short S

Blake Pfaff S

Nathan Tilford RB

Rourke Freeburg S

Parker Henley LB

Jalen Harris EDGE *

Josh Donovan OL

Robert Congel OL *

Edgar Burrola OL *

Paiton Fears OL

Tyson Gardner OL

Karl Altenburg WR

Stanley Berryhill III WR

Christian Young S *

McKenzie Barnes CB

Tristen D’Angelo TE

Donovan Laie OL *

Stacey Marshall TE

Tre Adams WR

Jamarye Joiner WR *

Kevin Doyle QB

Luke Ashworth QB

Darrius “Bam” Smith RB

Nazar Bombata RB

Dante Smith LB

Jashon ButlerWR

Issaiah Johnson DE

Jack Koceman TE

Nahe Sulunga DT

Mykee Irving DL

David Watson OL

Zach Williams WR

Brice Vooletich WR

Players to Watch:

Jamarye Joiner: Joiner is the top returning offensive weapon for the Wildcats. He had 552 receiving yards on 34 receptions last season and also contributed with 5 TDs. He averaged 16.2 yards per catch, and should have more reps coming his way as he moves into the primary receiver slot in 2020.

Donavan Laie: Laie started all 12 games last season for Arizona. He shows he not only has a solid frame (6’4”, 315 lbs) but he also showed versatility starting 10 games at Left Tackle and 2 at Left Guard. Look for him to be the anchor for Arizona’s offensive line in 2020.

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