2014 NFL Draft: Pac-12 Conference Sleepers to Watch

Like many Oregon playmakers before him, wide receiver Josh Huff is a dynamic athlete who could be a dangerous player at the next level. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

It can be difficult for a receiver to make an impact in a run-first offense, but Josh Huff has made the most of his opportunities. Huff only caught 32 balls last season but averaged more than 15.4 yards per reception and had seven touchdowns.

Like most Oregon recruits, he is a very athletic receiver who consistently gets yards after the catch and possesses the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands.

While he doesn’t possess the size or strength of a top wideout, he would be an intriguing option from the slot with his smart route running and quick bursts out of his cuts.

Huff does have some off-field baggage. He was accused of driving under the influence of marijuana in March 2012. Although he was acquitted of the intoxicated driving charge in January, this may raise some concerns from teams when scouting him.

With his athletic ability, Huff could rise up draft boards, but expect him to go in the middle rounds of the draft.

Sean Parker, S, Washington

After a solid sophomore campaign in which he posted 91 tackles and four interceptions, Sean Parker had a decent junior season. Parker ended 2012 with 77 tackles and two interceptions. His numbers were lower but he continued to play with an instinctive, physical nature.

Parker’s instincts allow him to make plays in the secondary, while his physical play is crucial as he is undersized. Listed at 5’10” and 190 pounds, he must play bigger and stronger than he is.

He ha an excellent closing burst as he delivers big hits to receivers over the middle. He is good in coverage but can get too aggressive and let plays get behind him.

Parker has experience at cornerback as well, having played the nickel back position his freshman season before transitioning to safety.

In run support, he displays the willingness to get involved but his lack of size can be evident. He can get lost in the mess and struggles to disengage from blockers.

With the departure of first-round pick Desmond Trufant, it’s even more necessary for Parker to step up and make an impact in the secondary for the Huskies this season. Parker is a leader on the team, so expect him to lead by example to motivate a young Washington secondary.

Most draft buzz has Parker as a late-round selection, but his draft stock could jump with another good season.

Kasen Williams, WR, Washington (Jr.)

After being a top high school prospect, including being ranked as high as the second-best wide receiver prospect in the nation by Scout.com, Kasen Williams has been a solid receiver for a talented Washington team.

The team’s top wide receiver heading into his true sophomore season, Williams developed into a consistent receiving target and finished the 2012 season with 77 receptions for 878 yards and six touchdowns. Though not the stats of a top receiving prospect, the Washington offense, especially the passing game, had an up-and-down season.

Throughout the season, he flashed the attributes to be a starting receiver in the NFL.

Listed at 6’2” and 216 with a stout frame, he is a big, strong receiver. His strength is one of his top attributes as he consistently out-muscles defenders at the line or can even use his size and strength to create separation.

Williams can use his strength to create separation in college, but his only adequate speed will cause issues at the next level. He can use his good route running to create space, but his lack of speed is a huge negative that will keep him from ever being a No. 1 receiver.

His hands are solid and he catches mostly every ball thrown in his area. His tremendous body control and ability to adjust to the pass make him a reliable receiver, especially in third-down situations.

Williams does have character red flags following a recent report of an off-field incident in May.

According to the report by the Seattle Times, police pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. Williams, 20, blew less than the legal limit of .08 during a voluntary breath test, and was not charged with driving under the influence.

Williams admitted to having a drink and was cited for a misdemeanor offense of being under 21 and operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana. He was placed on two years of probation.

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement that “any disciplinary measures taken as a result of this incident will remain internal to the team.”

Off-field concerns aside, Williams is a textbook possession receiver that could be a reliable starter at the next level. However, without great speed and playmaking ability, Williams will likely be a late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick.

Others to Watch:

Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford (Jr.)

Stanford has been an offensive lineman factory and the next product could be Cameron Fleming. Fleming started 25 games at right tackle throughout the past two seasons.

Andrew Furney, K, Washington State

Andrew Furney is an intriguing kicker with a huge leg and good accuracy. He nailed a 60-yard bomb last season and has a good track record from long distance, but he went from hitting 14-of-16 field goals in 2011 to just 14-of-20 in 2012.

Boseko Lokombo, LB, Oregon

With Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay now gone, Boseko Lokombo should shine as the heart of Oregon’s linebacker corps. He’s extremely athletic and if he continues to progress as he did last year, his draft stock could soar.

Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State

While fellow Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer received most of the acclaim last season, Rashaad Reynolds also had a solid season. Reynolds is a bit small, but he is good in coverage with great intangibles.

Danny Shelton, DT, Washington (Jr.)
Danny Shelton seems small for a nose tackle, listed at 6’1″ and 317 pounds, but he uses his squatty frame to take on blockers and plug the run. He needs to add some size, but if he can contribute more in the passing game, he’ll be an intriguing nose tackle prospect.

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Big Ten Conference

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