Analyzing likely replacements for 2014 Pac-12 draft picks

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WR Nelson Agholor led USC in receiving yards last season and is out of the shadow of Marqise Lee.

The Pac-12 had 34 players selected, third-most among the conferences.

Every Pac-12 school had at least one player selected and defending conference champion Stanford led the way with six picks. There were just three first-rounders from out West, a small number that figures to increase in 2015 given the abundance of talent in the league that returned to school.

Here's a look at every Pac-12 draft pick this year and who's in line to replace that player this fall.


RB Ka'Deem Carey

Round 4 (117), Chicago Bears
Possibilities: It's going to be hard to replace over 4,000 yards from an offense that is based on the running game, but Rich Rodriguez will try to do it with Carey now in Chicago. The Wildcats will likely take a committee approach involving Terris Jones-Grigsby, Pierre Cormier, Jared Baker, Zach Green and incoming freshman Nick Wilson. A few of the team's slot receivers could even get some carries depending on the situation.

CB Shaquille Richardson

Round 5 (157), Pittsburgh Steelers
Possibilities: Jonathan McKnight figures to have one of the corner spots locked down while Devin Holiday slides into the other as Richardson's replacement. The secondary is pretty thin for the Wildcats, so don't be surprised if a freshman or two has to contribute in some way.

OLB Marquis Flowers

Round 6 (212), Cincinnati Bengals
Possibilities: Scooby Wright is sliding over to replace the departed Jake Fisher, so Hank Hobson likely fills his old spot. There's some depth at the linebacker spot, so everybody from Keoni Bush-Loo to incoming freshman Jamardre Cobb could see some playing time.

Arizona State

DT Will Sutton

Round 3 (82), Chicago Bears
Possibilities: The Sun Devils must replace nine starters on defense and none will be as big -- literally and figuratively -- as finding a successor to Sutton. Jaxon Hood likely gets the first chance at the position, but a number of others, including incoming Juco transfer Dalvon Stuckey, figure to see playing time at the position if nobody establishes themselves as a force like Sutton did.

OLB Carl Bradford

Round 4 (121), Green Bay Packers
Possibilities: It will be tough for Todd Graham to replace the leadership that Bradford brought to the defense and just as difficult to replace what he did on the field. Chans Cox probably is the first guy on the field, but he'll have to fight off Villami Latu for playing time. Incoming freshman Darrius Caldwell could also be in the mix depending on how quickly he picks things up in the fall.

RB Marion Grice

Round 6 (201), San Diego Chargers
Possibilities: Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell has an easy replacement for Grice in D.J. Foster, who performed very well last season while splitting touches with Grice a year ago. He'll carry the full load but should have plenty of help with Jaelen Strong and Taylor Kelly around.


TE Richard Rodgers

Round 3 (98), Green Bay Packers
Possibilities: Because of the offense the Bears run, the team probably won't find a true replacement for Rodgers on the field. When you have Chris Harper, Bryce Treggs, Kenny Lawler, Darius Powe and transfer Trevor Davis at wideout, there's no reason to.

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ILB Khairi Fortt

Round 4 (126), New Orleans Saints
Possibilities: The linebacker situation at Cal is not pretty, and early departures like Fortt's are only part of the story. Jalen Jefferson, Michael Barton and Hardy Nickerson are the only three linebackers on the roster with any experience and things could get ugly if one of the three goes down. A pair of Juco transfers could also fill Fortt's role.


WR Paul Richardson

Round 2 (45), Seattle Seahawks
Possibilities: It will be tough to replace the team's top playmaker, but the Buffaloes at least have experience from a few years ago when Richardson went down with an ACL injury. Veterans Nelson Spruce and D.D. Goodson are solid and should contribute quite a bit on offense while youngsters Bryce Bobo and Shay Fields will definitely be able to crack the starting lineup.


WR Josh Huff

Round 3 (86), Philadelphia Eagles
Possibilities: Bralon Addison figured to be the guy as Marcus Mariota's top target in the passing game, but he was hurt during the spring. That puts a lot of pressure on a young receiving group that includes Chance Allen, B.J. Kelley, Jalen Brown, Devon Allen, Darren Carrington and senior Keanon Lowe.

RB De'Anthony Thomas

Round 4 (124), Kansas City Chiefs
Possibilities: One doesn't just replace a weapon like Thomas, who brought such a unique skillset to the Ducks' offense. Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall will split most of the carries out of the backfield, but only Tyner has the speed to match Thomas.

DE Taylor Hart

Round 5 (141), Philadelphia Eagles
Possibilities: Hart is not the only player the team loses on the defensive line, but he could probably be considered the biggest loss in terms of impact. DeForest Buckner will have a lot of pressure on him to fill in for Hart and certainly has the frame to do so. The Ducks usually have a good rotation going, so Arik Armstead could slide over from end to get some reps and Sam Kamp could see an opportunity.

CB Terrance Mitchell

Round 7 (254), Dallas Cowboys
Possibilities: Having Ifo Ekpre-Olomu back is a tremendous help for the secondary, but that likely means whoever fills Mitchell's role will get picked on by opposing offenses. The first guy on the field figures to be Dior Mathis, but transfer Dominique Harrison and Chris Seisay could contribute.

Oregon State

WR Brandin Cooks

Round 1 (20), New Orleans Saints
Possibilities: It will be close to impossible to replace a Biletnikoff Award winner like Cooks given the production he had last season, but Victor Bolden figures to get first crack as a returner, receiver and fly-sweep runner. Malik Gilmore will see his share of catches increase but he's a different type of player than Cooks was.

DE Scott Crichton

Round 3 (72), Minnesota Vikings
Possibilities: An underrated player for the Beavers, Crichton will be tough to replace given how impressive his motor was. Lavonte Barnett was the longtime understudy and figures to be the first guy up, but the coaching staff is supposedly high on Titus Failauga.


OLB Trent Murphy

Round 2 (47), Washington Redskins
Possibilities: You would think it would be difficult to find a replacement for an All-American like Murphy, but this will be an easy decision for David Shaw and company. Kevin Anderson already has plenty of experience as a redshirt junior and is best known by some fans as the Cardinal linebacker who had a pick-six in the Rose Bowl.

OT Cameron Fleming

Round 4 (140), New England Patriots
Possibilities: Fleming was a reliable member of the Cardinal's offensive line for several seasons, but there shouldn't be much drop off with Kyle Murphy taking his spot. He's seen plenty of playing time since arriving on the Farm and has definite NFL potential.

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OG David Yankey

Round 5 (145), Minnesota Vikings
Possibilities: Yankey was a two-time All-American, but Joshua Garnett has already forced himself into the lineup multiple times. He's a big, smart guard who should have no problem moving defenders off the line of scrimmage.

FS Ed Reynolds

Round 5 (162), Philadelphia Eagles
Possibilities: One would think the two safeties for the Cardinal will be Jordan Richards and Zach Hoffpauir, but which one makes the move to free safety could be something that takes some time to sort out.

RB Tyler Gaffney

Round 6 (204), Carolina Panthers
Possibilities: The coaches would like to rotate players in at running back, but someone always seems to take hold of the role. Remound Wright, Kelsey Young and Barry Sanders will have to make the most of their opportunities.

DE Ben Gardner

Round 7 (231), Dallas Cowboys
Possibilities: When Gardner went down with an injury, Blake Lueders took his spot. He'll be a senior this year and has plenty of snaps under his belt.


OLB Anthony Barr

Round 1 (9), Minnesota Vikings
Possibilities: Myles Jack will get all the publicity as a linebacker, but Kenny Orjioke will probably fill Barr's role. Youngster Deon Hollins could also contribute.

OG Xavier Su'a-Filo

Round 2 (33), Houston Texans
Possibilities: The Bruins had to do some shuffling along the line during the spring, but Miami transfer Malcolm Bunche is the likely fill-in for Su'a-Filo. Alex Redmond could slide over, as well.

DE Cassius Marsh

Round 4 (108), Seattle Seahawks
Possibilities: Jim Mora has a nice replacement for Marsh in Owamagbe Odighizuwa, who missed all of last season with a hip injury. He certainly looks the part and seemed to be at 100 percent during the spring.

WR Shaq Evans

Round 4 (115), New York Jets
Possibilities: UCLA is deep at the receiver position, so there will likely be a number of different looks for Brett Hundley to throw to. Junior Devin Lucien could be primed for a breakout and can fill a similar role to Evans in the offense.

ILB Jordan Zumwalt

Round 6 (192), Pittsburgh Steelers
Possibilities: Isaac Savaiinaea figures to get the first shot at replacing Zumwalt and would be an upgrade in size at the linebacker position. Talented freshmen Zach Whitley and Kenny Young also will be in the mix.


WR Marqise Lee

Round 2 (39), Jacksonville Jaguars
Possibilities: Nelson Agholor undoubtedly takes over as the No. 1 receiver after being just that most of last year. Darreus Rogers and, if healthy, George Farmer could fill out a quality receiving corps opposite of Agholor.

C Marcus Martin

Round 3 (70), San Francisco 49ers
Possibilities: Giovanni Di Poalo can certainly play center, but Max Tuerk and Khaliel Rogers are both guards who can slide over and make it a tough competition to replace Martin.

OLB Devon Kennard

Round 5 (174), New York Giants
Possibilities: J.R. Tavai has the experience and should slide in nicely to fill Kennard's role on what will be a shifting defense from last year's 5-2 front. Quentin Powell and Jabari Ruffin could also make a run at the job.


CB Keith McGill

Round 4 (116), Oakland Raiders
Possibilities: The Utes' secondary should be a strong point in 2014 despite the loss of McGill. Brian Blechen and Eric Rowe figure to be the starting safeties, but there could be some pieces that get moved around in fall camp.

OLB Trevor Reilly

Round 7 (233), New York Jets
Possibilities: Hunter Dimick and Jason Fanaika will likely form some sort of rotation until somebody can seize hold of the job.


TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Round 2 (38), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Possibilities: Joshua Perkins was the backup at tight end last year and should slide right on up to the top spot.

RB Bishop Sankey

Round 2 (54), Tennessee Titans
Possibilities: Dwayne Washington and Jessee Callier figure to split carries depending on the situation, but Deontae Cooper should see action, as well.

Washington State

SS Deone Bucannon

Round 1 (27), Arizona Cardinals
Possibilities: The Cougars are rebuilding pretty much their entire secondary, but Isaac Dotson figures to be the guy to take over for Bucannon. There's a possibility David Bucannon, Deone's younger brother, also gets a shot at starting.

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