Ranking the Pac-12 players entering the 2016 NFL Draft early
Some of the Pac-12's best talent will be leaving college and heading to the NFL this year. Here are the nine best Pac-12 players who decided to enter the 2016 NFL Draft early. -- Jason Gold
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1. QB Jared Goff, Cal
Goff is considered by many talent evaluators to be the best available QB in the 2016 NFL Draft. The junior set single-season Pac-12 records for passing touchdowns (43) and passing yards (4,719) in 2015. During his three years at Cal, Goff set the school record for touchdown passes (96) and passing yards (12,180). He ranks fourth in passing touchdowns and third passing yards in Pac-12 history.
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2. LB Myles Jack, UCLA
Jack withdrew from UCLA in October after suffering a season-ending knee injury in late Septemeber. Despite the injury, Jack is expected to be a first round pick in the NFL Draft. Jack was a two-way star for the Bruins. As a sophomore in 2014, Jack rushed for three touchdowns and made 87 tackles and eight tackles for loss. Jack also rushed for seven touchdowns as a freshman in 2013.
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3. LB Su'a Cravens, USC
Cravens was twice named first-team All-Pac-12, once as a linebacker and once as a defensive back. Cravens made 86 tackles and 15 tackles for loss during his junior season for the Trojans. He also made two interceptions and had 5.5 sacks. In three years at USC, Cravens had nine interceptions, 10.5 sacks, 34.5 tackles for loss and 207 tackles.
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4. LB Scooby Wright III, Arizona
Scooby Wright III missed most of the 2015 season with injuries; however, he should still be a first or second round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In 2014 as a sophomore, Wright was the best defensive player in the country. He won the Lombardi and Bednarik awards and was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year. He ranked among the top five in the FBS in tackles (163), tackles for loss (29), sacks (14) and forced fumbles (6).
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5. DL Kenny Clark, UCLA
Kenny Clark made 75 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2015 en route to being named first-team All-Pac-12. Clark received a second-round grade in his NFL Draft evaluation.
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6. RB Paul Perkins, UCLA
UCLA redshirt junior Paul Perkins ranked third in the Pac-12 conference in rushing with 1,343 yards in 2015. He also rushed for 14 touchdowns, tied for second in the conference. As a redshirt sophomore in 2014, Perkins led the conference with 1,575 yards on the ground. He rushed for nine touchdowns in 2014.
7. WR Bralon Addison, Oregon
Oregon WR Bralon Addison was named second-team All-Pac-12 for his performance in 2015. Addison caught 63 passes for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass, rushed for two touchdowns and had a punt return touchdown. Addison missed the 2014 season with an ACL tear. As a sophomore in 2013, Addison caught 61 passes for 890 yards and seven touchdowns.
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8. WR Cayleb Jones, Arizona
Jones caught 55 passes for 904 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. As a redshirt sophomore in 2014, Jones gained over 1,000 yards receiving on 73 catches and scored nine touchdowns. Jones caught four passes for 182 yards and a touchdowns in Arizona's 45-37 bowl win over New Mexico.
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9. TE Austin Hooper, Stanford
Stanford tight end Austin Hooper caught 34 passes for 438 yards and six touchdowns as Stanford won the Pac-12 conference and the 2016 Rose Bowl. He had 40 catches for 499 yards and two touchdowns during the 2014 season.