2011 Pac-12 Senior Prospect Watch List

Written by Chad Davis on May 9, 2011


Arizona

QB—Nick Foles—Senior—6’5”, 240 lbs.—Big, strong-armed quarterback who can make all the NFL throws. Has some mobility and decision making issues.
WR—Juron Criner—Senior—6’4”, 215 lbs.—Unbelievable size/speed combo, Criner will be one of the best receivers in the country in 2011.
CB—Trevin Wade—Senior—5’11”, 192 lbs.—Good size and great ball skills, Wade has already piled up 10 interceptions in his career, and returned 2 for touchdowns.
RB—Keola Antolin—Senior—5’8”, 195 lbs.—Antolin should see more carries after the graduation of Nic Grigsby. He’s small but has great speed and elusiveness.

 

Arizona State

Omar BoldenCB—Omar Bolden—Senior—5’10”, 195 lbs.—Dual-threat corner and kick returner. Bolden is an experienced, well-rounded player. He missed almost all of 2009 with a knee injury
DE—James Brooks—Senior—6’5”, 279 lbs.—Excellent size and athleticism, Brooks needs to have a breakout senior season after producing just average numbers thus far in this career.
DE—Jamaar Jarrett—Senior—6’5”, 260 lbs.—Another end with great size, Jarrett was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2010. Needs to improve pass rush skills.
C/OG—Garth Gerhart—Senior—6’2”, 295 lbs.—Short, stout and versatile lineman, Gerhart is experienced at center and guard. He should be the best center in the conference.

 

California

Mychal KendricksLB—Mychal Kendricks—Senior—6’1”, 241 lbs.—Extremely disruptive player who fills up a stat sheet. He had 8.5 sacks in 2010 and also collected a career high 15 tackles in a game in 2009. Kendricks is also a 2011 national honors candidate for his work in the classroom.
S—Sean Cattouse—Senior—6’2”, 213 lbs.—Redshirt senior has played in 36 games in his career. Recorded 15 tackles in a game as a strong safety in 2010.
OT—Mitchell Schwartz—Senior—6’5”, 325 lbs.—Strong, smart player with nice feet, Schwartz has improved on his technique over time. Can play either left or right tackle.
LB—D.J. Holt—Senior—6’1”, 252 lbs.—Inside backer and leader of Cal’s defense, Holt has nice size, good tackling ability, and also is decent in coverage.
WR—Marvin Jones—Senior—6’2”, 200 lbs.—A good all-around player, Jones may struggle in 2011 if Cal’s QB situation doesn’t improve. Caught a career-high 12 passes for 161 yards versus Nevada in 2010.

 

Colorado

Ryan DeehanDT—Conrad Obi—Senior—6’3”, 295 lbs.—Underachiever could have a breakout senior season under the tutelage of well-regarded line coach Mike Tuiasosopo.
RB—Rodney Stewart—Senior—5’6”, 175 lbs.—The diminutive Stewart proved doubters wrong by rushing for over 1300 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010. Very much a fringe pro prospect.
TE—Ryan Deehan—Senior—6’5”, 250 lbs.—Was supposed to break out in 2010, but failed to impress with just 25 catches, still earning honorable mention All-Big-12. Has plenty of physical tools to match ideal size at TE.
OG—Ryan Miller—Senior—6’8”, 310 lbs—Earned honorable mention All-Big-12 at guard, but could possibly move to tackle as a senior. Miller has medical concerns and has missed large amounts of time due to injury.
DE—Josh Hartigan—Senior—6’1”, 220 lbs.—Extremely undersized and only played in 8 games as a junior, but piled up 7 sacks in those 8 games. Did enough to earn honorable mention All-Big-12.

 

Oregon

Eddie PleasantS—Eddie Pleasant—Senior—5’11”, 213 lbs.—Converted linebacker has great strength and speed and is not afraid of contact.
OT—Mark Asper—Senior—6’7”, 325 lbs.—Started 11 games at right tackle in 2010. Asper possesses great size and top-notch strength and is a mauler in the run game.
TE—David Paulson—Senior—6’4”, 241 lbs.—H-back type has soft hands and a knack for finding empty spots in zone coverage. Was named an honorable mention All-American by SI.com in 2010. Needs to improve in-line blocking.
LB—Josh Kaddu—Senior—6’3”, 230 lbs.—SAM linebacker who possesses nice strength, Kaddu will need to improve on his 32 tackles in 2010 to get draft consideration.

 

Oregon State

James RodgersWR–James Rodgers—Senior—5’7”, 188 lbs.—Played in only 4 games in 2010 before a knee injury ruined his season. Very small build but explosive, versatile and dynamic. Rodgers may be one of the most exciting players in the country if healthy in 2011.
S—Lance Mitchell—Senior—6’2”, 206 lbs.—Outstanding athlete had 72 tackles as a junior and should be even better as a senior.
CB—Brandon Hardin—Senior—6’2”, 220 lbs—Intriguing because of the size he possesses as a cornerback, Hardin should start for a whole season for the first time in his career in 2011.
TE—Joe Halahuni—Senior—6’2”, 258 lbs.—H-back caught 35 passes as a junior and should be even more involved in the offense as a senior. Strong, physical player.
OT—Mike Remmers—Senior—6’4”, 299 lbs.—A bit undersized, Remmers will move from right tackle to left tackle as a senior. Was honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a junior.

 

Stanford

Chris OwusuWR—Chris Owusu—Senior—6’2”, 200 lbs.—Dynamic kick returner who needs to grow into the solid receiver he has the talent to be. Should thrive with Andrew Luck at QB.
TE—Coby Fleener—Senior—6’6”, 244 lbs.—Athletic, talented tight ends has the speed to stretch the field. Caught 7 touchdowns as a junior and will be a big part of the Cardinal offense in 2011.
RB—Jeremy Stewart—Senior—6’1”, 218 lbs.—Oft-injured but talented back who has the size to carry the load. Ran for 99 yards and a touchdown on just 5 carries versus Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
S—Delano Howell—Senior—5’11”, 198 lbs.—Strong safety with good ball skills and tackling ability. Had 11 solo tackles in a game versus Arizona last year.

 

UCLA

Sean WestgateLB—Sean Westgate—Senior—6’0’, 223 lbs.—Aggressive, instinctive player who had 90 tackles and 4 sacks in his first year as a starter. Small size could limit his value as a pro prospect.
S—Tony Dye—Senior—5’11”, 205 lbs.—Teams leading tackler is tough and a leader on defense. Was voted team’s co-defensive MVP in 2010 and was also an All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
RB—Derrick Coleman—Senior—6’0”, 233 lbs.—Veteran running back who also thrives as a special teams ace, Coleman is big and powerful as a short yardage back. Ran for a career-high 185 yards and 3 touchdowns versus Washington State last year.
TE—Cory Harkey—Senior—6’5”, 273 lbs.—Big, physical player who is best as a blocker. Only has 27 career receptions but should be more involved in the offense in 2011.

 

USC

Armond ArmsteadDT—Armond Armstead—Senior—6’5”, 295 lbs.—Moving from defensive end to tackle as a senior, Armstead has the strength and athleticism to become a more disruptive force than he has been to this point in his career.
LB—Chris Galippo—Senior—6’2”, 250 lbs.—Versatile linebacker who has experience inside and outside, should hopefully return to the form that saw him collect 70 tackles at middle linebacker in 2009.
RB—Marc Tyler—Senior—5’11”, 230 lbs.—Excellent size/speed combo for a tailback, Tyler has the chance to have a big season in 2011. He is also effective catching the ball out of the backfield. Rushed for a team-high 913 yards in 2010.
T—Rhett Ellison—Senior—6’5”, 245 lbs.—Good combo as a blocker and receiver, Ellison should improve on his 21 catches he had as a junior.

 

Utah

Derrick ShelbyDE—Derrick Shelby—Senior—6’3”, 255 lbs.—Had just two sacks last year after being injured for much of 2009. Previously thought of as an All-Conference candidate before his injury, Shelby looks to live up to his expectations as a senior.
OT—Tony Bergstrom—Senior—6’6”, 310 lbs.—Big, strong physical player, Bergstrom is a 3-year starter at right tackle. Has the tools to be a solid pro prospect.
OT—John Cullen—Senior—6’5”, 285 lbs.—Transferred to Utah in 2010 after being the No.1 rated JC o-lineman. Tenacious, aggressive blocker who will be watched closely in 2011 by pro scouts. Needs to improve technique.
LB—Chaz Walker—Senior—5’11”, 218 lbs.—Undersized but extremely reliable and productive, Walker had 18 tackles in a game versus TCU in 2010.

 

Washington

Jermaine KearseWR—Jermaine Kearse—Senior—6’2”, 205 lbs.—Talented leaper who makes the acrobatic catch, Kearse needs to improve his hands and concentration to become an elite WR. Could struggle with a transition at QB taking place at UW. Caught 63 passes for 1005 yards and 12 TD’s as a junior.
LB—Cort Dennison—Senior—6’1”, 236 lbs.—Not very athletically gifted but just makes plays. Dennison compiled 92 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 2 interceptions and 2 sacks in his first year as a full-time starting middle linebacker.
DT—Alameda Ta’amu—Senior—6’3”, 330 lbs.—Highly touted lineman finally became the dominant force that was expected of him towards the end of 2010. Has the ability to be a first round draft pick in 2012. Quick, powerful penetrator.
OT—Senio Kelemete—Senior—6’4”, 289 lbs.—Converted defensive lineman started 13 games at left tackle in 2010 and was voted team captain. Powerful, physical blocker still learning the intricacies of being an offensive lineman.

 

Washington State

Brandon RankinWR—Jared Karstetter—Senior—6’4”, 208 lbs—Big, slim receiver has reliable hands and ability to separate from defenders. Caught 62 passes for over 600 yards and 7 TD’s as a junior.
DE—Brandon Rankin—Senior—6’5”, 281 lbs.—Highly touted JC recruit had 24 sacks as a sophomore in 2009 at Butte JC. Collected 3 sacks for the Cougars in 2010 and could have a breakout year as a senior in 2011. Talented pass rusher.
OG—B.J. Guerra—Senior—6’3”, 315 lbs.—Experienced guard is stout at the point of attack and will be a key contributor to the offensive line in 2011.

 

Chad Davis

Chad Davis is an avid draft fan who has been writing and evaluating for Draft Breakdown since September of 2010. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he is a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, and part-time contributor to the Seahawks blog www.fieldgulls.com. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Chad Davis.