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Washington State University's Deone Bucannon talks about being taken in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2014 NFL Draft at a party at his parents home in Vacaville, Calif., Thursday, May 8. 2014. The Cardinals traded down seven spots in the NFL draft to select Bucannon with the 27th pick overall. (AP Photo/The Vacaville Reporter, Joel Rosenbaum)
Three Pac-12 stars picked in NFL Draft first round, but more remain

The Pac-12 saw three players drafted on Thursday night: UCLA's Anthony Barr, Oregon State's Brandin Cooks and Washington State's Deone Bucannon.

If three seems a little light for one of football's power conferences, it's certainly not setting the standard: The SEC had 11 players drafted, a bit of validation for its reputation as a top-notch NFL pipeline. There's four from the Big 10, four from the ACC, four from the AAC (including three from Louisville). The Big 12 only had two, however.

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The biggest surprises might be the guys who are still on the board, and who are both widely considered to be among the best remaining talent. USC's Marqise Lee was a Biletnikoff Award winner a year ago, but saw his stock slip headed into the draft. Utah native Xavier Su'a-Filo from UCLA was mentioned a bunch of times by TV pundits as the first round came to a close, but didn't get his call.

As we get into the second round, Lee and Su'a Filo are likely to get snapped up before long. Watch for the buzz to pick up around Washington's Bishop Sankey, Stanford's Trent Murphy, and Arizona State's Carl Bradford. The second day should also be the time when Utah's Keith McGill and Trevor Reilly start getting some looks.

Meanwhile, some reaction around the country to new Pac-12 draft picks:

• In Minnesota, the Vikings think Anthony Barr's physical freakiness could be a major asset to the Vikings' defense:

Unlike former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who didn't utilize Patterson until the Vikings season was kaput, Spielman sounds confident that head coach/defensive mastermind Mike Zimmer will maximize Barr's rare abilities. The new coach sounded like the wheels in his head started turning long ago.

"I've never had a linebacker that has the size and the speed and all the things this guy has," said Zimmer, who spent 20 seasons as an NFL defensive assistant, including the past 14 as a coordinator of multiple top-10 defenses.

• By trading for Brandin Cooks, New Orleans' head coach Sean Payton showed how much he wanted his man:

Payton repeatedly described Cooks as "tough," physically and mentally.

"He's been very consistent, very durable, obviously he runs well," Payton said. "I like his makeup in regards to his mental toughness."

• Although not one of the sexiest picks of the draft, Deonte Bucannon is expected to be able to contribute in the Arizona secondary right away, Bruce Arians thinks:

Arians loved that Bucannon was as four-year starter. His learning curve will not be too steep. How many other players come into the NFL with 384 career tackles and 15 interceptions?

Arians also loved Bucannon's efforts at the NFL combine, where he finished third among safeties in the 40-yard dash.

Tune in tonight.

Kyle Goon

kgoon@sltrib.com

Twitter: @kylegoon

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
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» In the new issue of the Sports Insider
» UA football: 2015 schedule released
» Wildcats Show: UA needs more takeaways

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU adds student-athletic building to stadium
» ASU confident in backup QB Mike Bercovici
» ASU volleyball starter Follette out 4-6 weeks
» Pac-12 releases 2015 football schedules

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal football still feeling Jeff Tedford's impact
» Sonny Dykes: Cal's confidence rooted in hard work
» Stanford, Cal 2015 football schedules announced
» Oakland Soldiers set tone for college basketball recruiting in Bay Area

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Oregon Ducks 2015 football schedule: A photo-by-photo look at the opponents
» Meet Keith Sharon, The Oregonian's new sports editor: Live chat, Wednesday at 12 p.m.
» JaQuan Lyle no longer on Oregon Ducks basketball roster as UO awaits word from NCAA Clearinghouse

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors
» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» UW's Deontae Cooper: “You know me: looking good, feeling good, trying to play good”
» UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith on Georgia State and backup QB situation
» Video: Jordan Paopao and John Ross on Georgia State
» Georgia State coaches have strong ties to UW

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Recapping yesterday's practice
» WSU Football live chat
» Schedule makers always keep your budget in mind
» Eastern football links



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