Five bold, crazy, stupid, daring, wacky preseason Pac-12 college football predictions for the 2018 season.
Daily Five: (Potentially) Stupid Preseason Pac-12 Predictions
Before you get all hot and bothered with what you’re about to read …
Did you see Khalil Tate coming as the breakthrough star and possible Heisman hopeful just after the midseason?
Honestly, in a gajillion years, would you have ever have thought last year at this time that Herm Edwards would end up being the Arizona State head football coach?
They’re the wild, wacky, and crazy things that make each season fun, exciting and special. Throwing five (potentially) stupid predictions at the wall to see if they stick …
5. At least seven of the Pac-12’s starting quarterbacks will be drafted …
The Pac-12 always comes strong when it comes to cranking out NFL quarterbacks, with Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen the latest stars to head out to the next level. This season, out of the 12 teams, at least seven of the starters will end up being drafted.
They might not be top 15 overall selections, but at the very least, the conference is loaded with guys who’ll end up getting a preseason, training camp look-see.
Arizona State’s Manny Wilkins isn’t necessarily a top pro prospect, but he’ll be productive as long as he can beat out Dillon Sterling-Cole for the job.
Cal’s Ross Bowers will be an effective veteran, and Utah’s Tyler Huntley and Washington State’s Gardner Minshew – a grad transfer from East Carolina – will put up big numbers. However, none of them will be drafted.
Oregon’s Justin Herbert has the upside to potentially be the No. 1 overall draft pick, and is a near-certain first round selection next season. Washington’s Jake Browning should slip outside of the top 50 – he’s just not that big – but he’ll be selected.
Colorado’s Steven Montez has too many skills and too much upside not to go in the mid-rounds – but his stock could quickly go through the roof with a big season, and if he can stay healthy, Stanford’s 6-4 KJ Costello has the pro size and skills to be selected.
And then it gets a little quirky.
Someone will draft Arizona’s Khalil Tate for something. If he can improve a bit as steady passer, he’s going to be a fun quarterback prospect. But he’ll find an NFL role somewhere.
Oregon State’s Jake Luton isn’t talented enough to do a whole lot in the NFL, but at 6-6 and 220 pounds, he’s got the size, arm, and build to be taken as a possible late-round flier with a good season under new head man Jonathan Smith.
USC’s JT Daniels should be a senior in high school, but he has the pure passing skills to grow into a draftable passer. He’s going to be the USC starting quarterback. He’s going to be drafted.
Who’s UCLA’s starting quarterback? Devon Modster? Wilton Speight? Dorian Thompson-Robinson? One of the seemingly endless other options? The guy who can be Chip Kelly’s among the flock will end up being good enough to be drafted.