The Pac-12 produced 36 NFL draft picks in 2017, but two programs were shut out.

The NFL draft has come and gone, but the post-draft analysis continues.

Breakdowns by college conferences and teams is one way to dissect what we saw.

Utes lead the way

In the Pac-12, Utah led the way with eight draft picks.

UCLA, USC and Washington each had five players taken, including Huskies WR John Ross, taken 9th overall. He was one of six Pac-12 players taken in the first round.

Stanford had two in the top 10 picks: DE Solomon Thomas third overall and RB Christian McCaffrey eighth overall. But, the Cardinal didn’t see another player drafted the rest of the way.

USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was taken by the Titans with the No. 18 pick. Shortly after, the Broncos selected Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles at No. 20.

The final Pac-12 first-rounder was UCLA DE Takkarist McKinley, whom the Seahawks traded up with the Falcons to draft at No. 26.

ASU 1, Arizona 0

Arizona State‘s lone draft pick was kicker Zane Gonzalez and he lasted until the 7th round. He became the first player recruited out of high school by Todd Graham to ASU to become an NFL draft pick.

Arizona, meanwhile, was shut out. In fact, the Wildcats have not had a player selected in two of the last three drafts.

Number of players by Pac-12 team

Utah – 8

UCLA – 5

USC – 5

Washington – 5

Colorado – 4

Cal – 3

Oregon State – 2

Stanford – 2

Arizona State – 1

Washington State – 1

Arizona – 0

Oregon – 0

Others without a draft pick

Nine other “Power 5” programs failed to produce an NFL draft pick in 2017. Many of them are considered basketball schools, so at least they have that going for them. In fact, two of the schools without a draft pick were just in Glendale for the Final Four (Oregon, South Carolina).

The teams:

Duke, Iowa State, Kansas;, Kentucky, Maryland, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia.


The 2017 NFL draft has come and gone. Most analysts give the Cardinals a strong grade.