The talent pool is being culled with a mighty sword in the Pac-12 North. Underclassmen are bolting for the League in droves from the amazing teams that the North possesses. This may be the toughest place to play in the nation. None of the below players are projected for the first round, but most will find themselves on a roster next fall and are likely to put together respectable NFL careers.
Those making their exit come from every school but ours. Washington loses two of its offensive hammers in Sankey and ASJ, giving coach Pete a depleted set of weapons next season.
The Oregon schools are losing some key pieces, however their recruiting has been strong and they are not getting holes poked in their rosters where opponents can easily take advantage. Oregon is still stacked from the Kelley years, and Riley knows how to make his roster work for him, so expect tough things from the lesser state to the south.
Stanford loses a workhorse upfront, but they have proven that their enormous cerebral line can reload as well as Oregon’s receiving corps. Hogan is still around, and what we know about Stanford QBs is that they can control a game.
Lastly is the Golden Bears, who are losing five juniors along with their sixteen player senior class. Good thing: 32 returning Seniors next year. Bad thing: Those seniors’ junior season. Either the experience will help Cal, or a bunch of ticked off seniors will be benched as Sonny Dykes rebuilds for the future under Goff, who will likely be on this list in 24 months.
Bishop Sankey RB Washington
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
Colt Lyerla TE Oregon
Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon
De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
Brandon Cooks WR Oregon State
Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
Khairi Fortt OLB Cal
Kameron Jackson CB Cal
Viliami Moala DT Cal
Richard Rogers TE Cal
David Yankey OG Stanford