Analyzing likely replacements for 2015 Pac-12 draft picks

It was a banner year in many respects for the Pac-12 when it came to the 2015 NFL Draft, and that was reflected in the nine first-round picks that set a new conference record. The league produced 39 draft picks this year, third-most among Power Five conferences (the SEC and ACC had more). The usual suspects were responsible for the bulk of the Pac-12 selections, as USC and Stanford paced the field with six selections apiece. Arizona, Cal and Colorado each failed to produce a draft pick.

Here's a look at every Pac-12 draft pick and the college player in line to replace each pick this fall.

Arizona State

DB Damarious Randall

Round 1 (30), Green Bay Packers
Possibilities:
The Sun Devils were well stocked in the secondary last year, so there shouldn't be a huge dropoff for the team despite the loss of a first-rounder. Jordan Simone steps up as the leader of the back end.

WR Jaelen Strong

Round 3 (70), Houston Texans
Possibilities:
Former tailback D.J. Foster will line up as a receiver more often and likely assume the label of top target in the ASU offense. Cameron Smith and Gary Chambers will likely have greater roles as well, while Ellis Jefferson will likely line up on the outside as the big wideout.

G Jamil Douglas

Round 4 (114), Miami Dolphins
Possibilities:
The team has to fill voids at both tackle spots in 2015 but it appears that junior Evan Goodman is set to assume Douglas' old spot on the blind side if he can put forward a strong fall camp.

DE Marcus Hardison

Round 4 (135), Cincinnati Bengals
Possibilities:
Coach Todd Graham has plenty of options to fill Hardison's spot and could go a number of different ways given the veterans returning at other spots along the defensive line. Demetrius Cherry would give the team a bigger presence while youngsters like Renell Wren would provide a boost of athleticism at the defensive end spot.

Oregon

QB Marcus Mariota

Round 1 (2), Tennessee Titans
Possibilities:
Nobody will be able to match what the Heisman Trophy winner was able to do under center, so head coach Mark Helfrich has his work cut out for him in finding a successor to the best QB in school history. Jeff Lockie was the top backup last season and has game experience, but he'll have his hands full fighting off dynamic Vernon Adams, a transfer from Eastern Washington.

DL Arik Armstead

Round 1 (17), San Francisco 49ers
Possibilities:
Senior Tui Talia will get first crack at reps after being a rotation player behind Armstead the past few years, but the hope is that five-star recruit Canton Kaumatule will eventually take over the position.

OL Jake Fisher

Round 2 (53), Cincinnati Bengals
Possibilities:
The Ducks are very familiar with Fisher's replacement as Tyler Johnstone was set to start last season at left tackle before suffering an ACL injury.

C Hroniss Grasu

Round 3 (71), Chicago Bears
Possibilities:
It will be difficult to replace Grasu's leadership and production but the team experimented with just about every offensive lineman this spring in order to try to find an answer. Senior Matt Pierson might have a bit of a leg up on a group that includes Cameron Hunt, Jake Pisarcik and Doug Brenner.

DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Round 7 (241), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities:
It's a near complete overhaul for the Ducks in the secondary given all the missing pieces, but there's plenty of talent to choose from. Chris Seisay figures to be the top corner while Arrion Springs and converted wideout Charles Nelson might fill the other corner spot.

Oregon State

QB Sean Mannion

Round 3 (89), St. Louis Rams
Possibilities:
Coach Gary Andersen seems to be OK with a rebuilding project because the Beavers are going from one of the most experienced signal-callers in the league to the youngest. True freshman Seth Collins might be slightly in front of redshirt freshmen Nick Mitchell and Marcus McMarylon on the depth chart.

CB Steven Nelson

Round 3 (98), Kansas City Chiefs
Possibilities:
With a rash of departures this offseason for various reasons, it looks likely that redshirt freshman Dwayne Williams fills the cornerback spot opposite of Larry Scott in the Beavers' secondary.

LB D.J. Alexander

Round 5 (172), Kansas City Chiefs
Possibilities:
A pair of juniors, Caleb Saulo and Kle Haley, are likely to get first crack at filling Alexander's role for a new-look defense.

DE Obum Gwacham

Round 6 (209), Seattle Seahawks
Possibilities:
Gwacham wasn't a full-time starter at OSU and the team's new coaching staff is transitioning into a 3-4 alignment. Jaswha James, Jalen Grimble and LaVonte Barnett all figure to be in the mix at the two defensive end spots.

Stanford

OT Andrus Peat

Round 1 (13), New Orleans Saints
Possibilities:
The Cardinal have a history of churning out offensive linemen and that will be the case once again in 2015 as right tackle Kyle Murphy flips over to the left side to replace Peat. Murphy will enter the year an NFL prospect in his own right.

S Jordan Richards

Round 2 (64), New England Patriots
Possibilities:
Senior Kodi Whitfield (son of former NFL offensive tackle Bob Whitfield) completed the transition from wideout to safety last year and played in every game. He'll take over for Richards as the starter in a rebuilt secondary.

CB Alex Carter

Round 3 (80), Detroit Lions
Possibilities:
Senior Ronnie Harris will provide a veteran presence at the cornerback position while underclassmen like Terrence Alexander and Alijah Holder figure to see playing time, too.

DL Henry Anderson

Round 3 (93), Indianapolis Colts
Possibilities:
Aziz Shittu showed promise in limited action last year before suffering an injury and former five-star recruit Solomon Thomas drew rave reviews during spring practice. Nate Lohn and Jordan Watkins will each have a chance to win the job and Cal graduate transfer Brennan Scarlett should boost the depth at the position.

WR Ty Montgomery

Round 3 (94), Green Bay Packers
Possibilities:
Devon Cajuste and Michael Rector already had prominent roles in the receiving corps and should increase their share of publicity with Montgomery gone. Francis Owusu likely takes over in the slot while Christian McCaffrey and Barry J. Sanders will handle return duties.

DT David Parry

Round 5 (151), Indianapolis Colts
Possibilities:
Aziz Shittu can play inside if he doesn't start at defensive end. Otherwise, Harrison Phillips is in line to start in the middle.

UCLA

LB Eric Kendricks

Round 2 (45), Minnesota Vikings
Possibilities:
The Bruins have good linebacker depth but experimented with star Myles Jack playing inside at Kendricks' old spot instead of the outside position where he made a name for himself. It remains to be seen if that is a long-term move for coach Jim Mora, but the team could go in that direction if Isaako Savaiinaea doesn't secure the starting spot.

DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa

Round 3 (74), New York Giants
Possibilities:
Takkarist McKinley is in line to be the best pass rusher that will replace Odighizuwa but he'll have competition to fill the spot from Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, Eli Ankou and Matt Dickerson. Expect a rotation early on before somebody steps up and takes hold of the starting job.

QB Brett Hundley

Round 5 (147), Green Bay Packers
Possibilities:
It would be beyond surprising if true freshman Josh Rosen, a former No. 1 overall recruit who enrolled this spring, isn't the starter despite his youth and inexperience. Last year's backups Jerry Neuheisel and Asiantii Woulard still have a shot but it's Rosen's job to lose.

USC

DL Leonard Williams

Round 1 (6), New York Jets
Possibilities:
It will be nearly impossible to replace Williams' ability as a two-gapper but the Trojans might change things up and make rushing the passer more of a priority with either Claude Pelon or Devlon Simmons.

WR Nelson Agholor

Round 1 (20), Philadelphia Eagles
Possibilities:
It's been "next man up" as the Trojans' No. 1 receiver for what seems like forever and it will continue in 2015 with JuJu Smith, Adoree Jackson or Darreus Rogers forming a potent pass-catching trio. Steven Mitchell and transfer Isaac Whitney also figure to make an impact.

CB Josh Shaw

Round 4 (120), Cincinnati Bengals
Possibilities:
Given Josh Shaw's absence from the team for most of last season, the Trojans are probably going to be OK in filling his shoes. Kevin Seymour will remain the top CB on the depth chart and either two-way player Adoree Jackson or corner/safety Chris Hawkins will start opposite him. Incoming top recruits Iman Marshall and Ykili Ross both have a chance to be the nickel corner, too.

RB Javorius Allen

Round 4 (125), Baltimore Ravens
Possibilities:
Justin Davis sits atop the depth chart after a solid sophomore season that proved he's capable of running between the tackles and being a receiving threat on third down. He'll be joined by Tre Madden, who has the capability to start but has been hampered by injuries during his career.

TE Randall Telfer

Round 6 (198), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities:
Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick tops the depth chart after being academically ineligible last season. He'll be backed up by Connor Spears.

LB Hayes Pullard

Round 7 (219), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities:
Lamar Dawson appeared fully healthy in spring practice and seems to have solidified his hold on the middle linebacker spot. Michael Hutchings could also be an option, as could Cameron Smith.

Utah

CB Eric Rowe

Round 2 (47), Philadelphia Eagles
Possibilities:
The Utes will have plenty of depth at corner heading into 2015 with Dominique Hatfield and Reginald Porter occupying the outside while Justin Thomas fills the nickel role.

DE Nate Orchard

Round 2 (51), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities:
Jason Fanaika came out of spring football impressing many around the team. Transfer Kylie Fitts could also rotate in.

OL Jeremiah Poutasi

Round 3 (66), Tennessee Titans
Possibilities:
J.J. Dielmen flips over from right tackle to occupy the blind side while Sam Tevi is set to fill the vacated spot on the right.

WR Kaelin Clay

Round 6 (184), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Possibilities:
Sophomores Jameson Field and Monte Seabrook will be first in line to handle Clay's duties on offense while either Boobie Hobbs or Bubba Poole will take over on punt returns. Seabrook will also take over Clay's spot on kick returns.

Washington

DT Danny Shelton

Round 1 (12), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities:
Elijah Qualls isn't as big as Shelton, but he will continue to bring some athleticism to the defensive tackle spot.

CB Marcus Peters

Round 1 (18), Kansas City Chiefs
Possibilities:
After Peters was dismissed from the program in November, now-sophomore Naijiel Hale took over for him as part of a youth movement in the secondary for the Huskies. Sidney Jones or Darren Gardenhire could start as well.

LB Shaq Thompson

Round 1 (25), Carolina Panthers
Possibilities:
No player will be able to replace the versatility and athleticism that Thompson brought to the team, but Keishawn Bierria is in line to fill the vacated linebacker spot.

LB/DL Hau'oli Kikaha

Round 2 (44), New Orleans Saints
Possibilities:
Joe Mathis emerged this spring as a solid option to fill the "Buck" position for Washington's defense after standing up from his normal defensive end spot. All-Name first-teamer Psalm Wooching also will see playing time at the position.

Washington State

DT Xavier Cooper

Round 3 (96), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities:
Daniel Ekuale was the primary backup last year and takes over as the starter in 2015. Robert Barber will be the backup and provide a bigger option in the middle of the defensive line.

WR Vince Mayle

Round 4 (123), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities:
Dom Williams really emerged as the top wideout for the Cougars during spring practices and drew rave reviews from coaches and observers.

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