Packers-12: Washington State Cougars to watch this fall

In this year’s NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers selected four players out of the Pac-12 conference. Ted Thompson‘s first pick as the Packers general manager back in 2005, was Aaron Rodgers. A player out of the Pac-12. In the last four drafts 34 percent of the Packers picks have been from the Pac-12 conference.

The fact that so many of the Packers picks over the past four years could be just a coincidence. It’s likely just the way the board fell. It may have to do with the tremendous work that West Coast Scout, Sam Seale does year in and year out.

Regardless of the reasons why, there is no denying that the Packers have shown a pattern of drafting Pac-12 players. For that reason I’m starting a “Packers-12” series that will take a look at prospects for each team in the Pac-12 conference. These prospects aren’t necessarily the ‘best’ prospects on each team. But prospects that I could potentially see Packers drafting in the 2017 NFL Draft. It’s a viewer’s guide if you will for Packers fans that love to watch college football on Saturday.

Yesterday we took a look at the potential future Packers from the UCLA Bruins. Today we will take a look at the  potential future Packers from the Washington State Cougars.

Riley Sorenson, C, #58. Sorenson has started 21 games over the past two years for the Cougars. He was recently named to the Rimington award list. The award goes to the best center in college football every year.

Nov 7, 2015; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver River Cracraft (21) makes a catch against Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Malik Lawal (39) during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 7, 2015; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver River Cracraft (21) makes a catch against Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Malik Lawal (39) during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

River Cracraft, WR, #21. Cracraft missed three games last year due to injury. He’s the definition of a possession receiver. He caught 53 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns last year.

Shalom Luani, S, #18. Can you say playmaker? Luani was all over the field for the Cougars in 2015. He finished third on the team with 90 tackles. He led the team with four interceptions and tied for the team lead with six pass deflections. He also forced two fumbles and recovered another.

Eduardo Middleton, G, #73. Middleton has started 25 games at guard the past two seasons. With 24 of those starts coming at right guard and one coming at left guard. He’s versatile enough to play right tackle.

Gabe Marks, WR, #9. Marks flirted with the idea of bolting for the NFL, but decided to return for his senior season. His 104 receptions for 1,192 yards and 15 touchdowns earned him first team All-Pac-12 honors.

 

Load Comments