Former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel knew all along Barr would eventually end up on the defensive side of the ball. It just never happened under his watch. Barr was seemingly lost in the shuffle on the offensive side for his first two seasons in Westwood. Under head coach Jim Mora he asked to switch to defense and was an instant hit. Barr gave up first round riches a year ago to return for his senior season. Despite questions of his instincts, he still ended up in the top 10.
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UCLA OG Xavier Su'a-Filo: Texans (2nd round, 33rd overall)
Su'a-Filo is as versatile as they come. He started every game at left tackle for the Bruins as a true freshman in 2009. He returned from a two-year Mormon mission to lead the Bruins' offensive line and made a move inside to left guard in 2012. Last season he started at left guard and left tackle for the Bruins. Despite rumors they'd take a quarterback, the Texans grabbed Su'a-Filo with the first pick of the second round.
Had he been able to leave after his sophomore year, Lee would have likely been a top 10 pick in last year's draft. Still, this year he was expected to go in the first round. However, questions of his knee had him fall to the second day. The Serra High School grad could be a major weapon for the Jaguars and their first round pick, quarterback Blake Bortles. At No. 39, Lee could be the steal of the draft.
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Colorado WR Paul Richardson Jr.: Seahawks (2nd Round, 45th overall)
Richardson went six picks after his former high school teammate, Lee. Both were a part of the Cavaliers' 2010 state championship team. After missing the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL, he bounced back strong last season to set single season school records with 83 catches and 1,383 yards. Richardson could end up the best wideout in this draft class once all is said and done.
Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas: Cardinals (2nd Round, 52nd overall)
At Servite, Niklas was a physical specimen playing defensive end and tight end. He started his Notre Dame career as an outside linebacker before moving to tight end before the start of the 2012 season. Niklas had a breakout year last season with 32 catches and five touchdowns. Niklas has never been accused for being a burner but has the ability to be a good possession tight end and tremendous blocker for the Cardinals.
USC C Marcus Martin: 49ers (2nd round, 70th overall)
Must haves if you want to have a tremendous running game: running backs and offensive linemen. The 49ers, under Jim Harbaugh, have steadily built depth in those areas. In the 3rd round they took Martin to add to their offensive line. At Crenshaw High School, Martin opened up holes for De'Anthony Thomas. He started at left guard during his first two seasons at USC before making the transition to center in 2013. Martin is considered by many to be the No. 1 center in this draft.
Arizona St. DT Will Sutton: Bears (3rd Round, 82nd overall)
The two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year is a force in the middle of the defensive line. He had as high as a first-round grade by some, but can be added to a list of steals that were found on Day 2, specifically in the third round. The Corona Centennial alum recorded 20.5 sacks in his career at ASU but will be counted on to help the Bears stop the run. Chicago was last in the league in that category last season and 30th in the league in total defense.
UCLA DE Cassius Marsh; Seahawks (4th Round, 108th overall)
Marsh has always been fiery. He's needed to temper that fire at times but it certainly helps him play with an edge. The good news is he's going to be playing for a coach in Pete Carroll who is going to embrace that fire. Marsh, who prepped at Oaks Christian, just needs to not go overboard. As far as production goes, 12 of his 14 career sacks came playing under Jim Mora. The UCLA head coach also used Marsh as a tight end at times and he left Westwood with two receptions, both for touchdowns.
The Inglewood high school product transferred closer to home after he spent his first collegiate season at Notre Dame. Was the top receiver for UCLA and quarterback Brett Hundley the last two seasons. His production dropped a bit from junior season but was still productive as a senior with 709 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Evans won't run by many but he can go up and make tough catches with the best of them.
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Utah CB Keith McGill; Raiders (4th Round, 116th overall)
Locals were taken in consecutive picks once the Raiders selected the La Mirada alum after UCLA's Evans went to the Jets. His road hasn't been the most orthodox. After graduating from high school, he didn't play football for two seasons before joining the team at Cerritos College in 2009. A shoulder injury cost him the entire 2012 season after he transferred to Utah. At 6-foot-3 he's a big, physical corner who also played some safety during his time with the Utes.
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Arizona St. OLB Carl Bradford; Packers (4th Round, 121st overall)
The Norco grad played defensive end and outside linebacker during his last two seasons at Arizona State under head coach Todd Graham. UCLA fans know him well for returning an interception for a touchdown in a 38-33 win over the Bruins last season. He registered double-digit sacks (11.5) in 2012 and followed that up with 8.5 last season.
As far as fits go, Thomas likely couldn't have landed in a better spot than Kansas City with a head coach in Andy Reid who will be able to utilize his skills. Although he may not have a true position, whenever he touches the ball, Thomas has an opportunity to make magic happen. Before heading to Oregon, he was one of the most celebrated preps to ever come out of Los Angeles, excelling in football and track at Crenshaw High School. Nicknamed "The Black Mamba" by rapper Snoop Dogg as a youth.
Vereen was a two-time all-CIF selection at Valencia High School. Last season he was an All-Big Ten selection by the coaches. He's another pick by the Bears to try to make improvements on the defensive side of the ball. Vereen has played both cornerback and safety in his career. His older brother Shane also prepped at Valencia before going to Cal and is now a running back with the Patriots.
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San Jose St. CB Bene Benwikere; Panthers (5th Round, 148th overall)
Yet another member of Serra's 2010 state championship team to be taken in this draft. Not as heralded as some of his other high school teammates but was a tremendous contributor at the collegiate level. Left San Jose State as the school's career leader in interceptions with 14. Half of those interceptions came as a junior in 2012. Had fumble and interception returns for touchdowns that season as well. Showed the ability in his prep career to go up grab balls and the trait stayed with him at San Jose State.
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San Diego St. SS Nat Berhe; Giants (5th Round, 152nd overall)
Prepped at Colton where he was a three-time all-league pick. Berhe led San Diego State in tackles the last two seasons and scouts say he has a "high motor," which could provide a boost for a Giants defense that finished in the top-10 last season.
Richardson is big and never shies away from getting in the face of receivers as a corner. The Los Alamitos grad led the Pac-12 in interceptions as a sophomore in 2011 with four. He finished his collegiate career with 10 picks and 37 passes defended. His cousin, Paul Richardson Jr. was a second round pick of the Seahawks in this draft.
Kennard missed his entire senior season with a torn pectoral muscle in 2012 and returned to USC for a fifth season. The injury proved to be a blessing in disguise as Kennard thrived in Clancy Pendergast's 3-4 scheme, registering career highs in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (9).
Wyoming WR Robert Herron; Buccaneers (6th Round, 185th overall)
For all of the much publicized size the Bucs took earlier in the draft as pass catching targets, they went for the 4.4 speed of the Dorsey alum on Day 3. He had highs in receptions (72), yards (932), and touchdowns (9) last season for the Cowboys. He's a downfield threat who averaged 21.2 yards per catch as a junior. Carried the ball 40 times as a freshman.
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UCLA LB Jordan Zumwalt; Steelers (6th Round, 192nd overall)
The former UCLA Bruin is as competitive as they come. On the field, he brings it as one of the most ferocious hitters in the Pac-12. Last season he was second on the team in tackles with 91. He also had two interceptions. Zumwalt, an Edison alum, was also one of the defensive players Jim Mora used on offense, seeing some time at fullback.
Joins UCLA's Shaq Evans as a wideout with local ties to be taken by the Jets in this year's draft. Enunwa prepped at Rancho Verde High School. He caught 51 passes for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Huskers. His 12 receiving touchdowns led the Big Ten in 2013.
Portland St. OT Mitchell Van Dyk; Rams (7th Round, 226th overall)
Van Dyk is an alum of Paso Robles. He was a three-year starter for the Vikings at right tackle. The 6-foot-8, 315 pound tackle was selected as Portland State's Most Outstanding Lineman the last two seasons. He's the first player to be drafted from Portland State since Broncos tight end Julius Thomas in 2011.