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Northwest Player Projections For Early In the 2012 NFL Draft

2012 NFL Draft

While no players from the colleges of Washington State and Oregon State are projected to go in the first 3 rounds of the 2012 NFL draft there are a few players from Oregon and Washington that may hear their named called.

In looking at a couple of the mock drafts no players from the aforementioned colleges are projected to go in the first round.

A couple RB’s are atop some mock drafts with Oregon’s LaMichael James and Washington’s Chris Polk.

It is interesting that in one mock draft James is projected to go early in the 2nd round and in the other early in the 3rd while Polk is listed in both going at the beginning of the 2nd round.

James has been injured for the last few games, but when healthy is one of the most electric rushers in the nation. Still, at only 5’9″ and 185 pounds can he cut it in the NFL? His size is the main reason he is not projected to be a first round pick.

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Polk has rushed for 1,000 yards this season and he set the Washington record this season with the most games rushing for over 100 yards (18). He has the size at 5’11″ and 222 pounds and he is also a pass catching threat out of the backfield.

If Oregon junior CB Cliff Harris decides to forgo his senior season he is projected to be a mid to late 2nd round pick, but he may drop a tad since he has been suspended a few times this season.

Still the solid CB and punt-returning threat is a special talent that will not have to wait long to hear his name called.

Washington DT Alameda Ta’amu is projected to go in the 2nd round, but that may be high since other mocks have him lower.

He is 6’3″ and 337 pounds and has the size to be on the line, but may have to play well in the upcoming games to move up on the draft board.

Other players from the big 4 northwest schools that are projected to be drafted and their projected round are:

Oregon TE David Paulson (Round 5)
Oregon OLB  Josh Kaddu (Round 6)
Oregon State TE Joe Halahuni (Round 7)
Oregon State S Lance Mitchell (Round 7)
Washington WR Jermaine Kearse (Round 7)     

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