Past, Present and Future: The Pac-12 at each position
Each Power Five conference lost stars to the NFL Draft last month but plenty of talent returns and is on the horizon. We call this Past, Present and Future and it’s self explanatory. We continue with the Pac-12 today.
Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.
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The present: Jake Bentley, Utah — Bentley is a key transfer for Utah and could rise on draft boards with a good year. Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA) is solid and Kedon Slovis (USC) is probably the best of the bunch overall after just one season.
The present: CJ Verdell, Oregon — Verdell is an elite runner and one of the top 10 in college football. Max Borghi (Washington State), Demetric Felton (UCLA) and Jermar Jefferson (Oregon State) are excellent returning vets.
The present: Brant Kuithe, Utah — Kuithe is well-rounded and a great checkdown option but he can also stretch the field. Bryce Wolma (Arizona), Cade Otton (Washington) and Daniel Imatorbhebhe (USC) also have a chance to be very good this season.
The present: Penei Sewell, Oregon — Sewell would have been the top offensive lineman in the draft this year had he been eligible. Walker Little (Stanford), Abraham Lucas (Washington State) and Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC) are also high on NFL lists.
The present: Hamilcar Rashed, Oregon State — Rashed is one of the best natural pass rushers in the country and is fun to watch. Joe Tryon (Washington), Thomas Booker (Stanford) and Mika Tafua (Utah) are solid as well.
The present: Jay Tufele, USC — Tufele is a dominant pass rusher as a tackle and could be a first-round selection. Levi Onwuzurike (Washington), Osa Odighizuwa (UCLA) and Tuli Letuligasenoa (Washington) are all returning vets with high ceilings.
The present: Palaie Gatoteote, USC — Gatoteote is a former five-star ready to break out and dominate. Merlin Robertson (Arizona State), Nate Landman (Colorado) and Kuony Deng (Cal) are all excellent. Colin Schooler (Arizona) could be the best of the group.
The present: Paulson Adebo, Stanford — Adebo is an elite corner who has first round potential while others like Deommodore Lenoir (Oregon), Elijah Molden (Washington) and Cam Bynum (Cal) are also returning with a ton of attention. These guys all have a chance to be elite.
The past: Ashtyn Davis, Cal — Davis was a track star out of high school who turned into a great safety and return man. His speed will be hard to replace.
The present: Jevon Holland, Oregon — Holland is an elite ball hawk and one of the best defensive backs in the country. Talanoa Hufanga (USC), Quentin Lake (UCLA) and Brady Breeze (Oregon) will also represent the league well.