Pac 12 football can be pretty competitive and really high scoring. But, much of the country doesn’t get to see these games because of the late local start times. Fear not because in this edition of next man up, we’ll take a look at 5 players in the Pac 12 poised to make waves in the NFL.
Justin Herbert – Senior, QB, Oregon
The 6-6 pivot stayed home to play for the Ducks and he has not disappointed. Herbert has been in the conversations of many NFL analysts since January, where he could have been a first round pick. He instead decided to stay in Eugene for his last season. Herbert is completing nearly 75% of his passes this season. He’s passed for just over 11-hundred yards, 14 TD’s, and get this — NO interceptions. The previous season, Herbert tossed for 3,151 yards, 29 TDs, and only 8 INTs. This Oregon Duck is still considered a high first round pick and possibly the first QB taken next April.
Laviska Shenault, Jr. – Junior, WR, Colorado
Shenault is your prototypical possession receiver. He checks in at 6-2, 220 lbs. This wideout has 17 catches for 226 yds and 2 TD’s this season. He tops preseason watch lists, including the Biletnikoff and Maxwell awards. In 2018, Shenault caught 86 passes for 1,011 yards and 6 TD’s, along with 5 more TD’s on the ground. He led the nation in catches per game with just under 10. Shenault is expected to go in round 1 of next year’s draft.
Started 12 games last year as a sophomore after not seeing any action as a freshman. Adebo defended 24 passes and picked off 4 in 2018. This Stanford Cardinal is picking things up right where he left off registering 19 total tackles, 1 INT, and 6 pass break ups. He checks in at 6-1, 190 lbs. and expects to go in the first round next April.
Adams is a preseason first team All Pac 12 member along with a 2nd team All American nod by the Associated Press. This 6-8, 318 lb Husky protects his QB Jacob Eason. He anchors an O-Line that has given up 7 sacks in 5 games. But, those sacks have only cost his team 19 negative yards. Injuries have cut his last two seasons short, but that isn’t stopping analysts from projecting Adams as a late 2nd round pick.
Throckmorton checks in at 6-5, 309 lbs., and has started 38 straight contests. He is the only OL to start at 4 different positions last year. This Oregon Duck played 15 games without committing a penalty and allowed just 1 sack in over 22-hundred snaps. Throckmorton’s versatility has him vaulting up draft boards as a potential round 2 selection.