This year's class lacks the obvious talent that led the Cleveland Browns to invest a second round selection in wideout Josh Gordon in 2012 but NFL teams looking for help at RB, WR, DT or LB may consider investing a pick in Thursday's draft.
This article is one of a 32-part series in which the goal is to identify one relatively unheralded player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft who appears to be an especially good schematic fit with his new NFL team.
Mike Leach helped the Cougars regain some snarl in his second year as head coach, leading the team to their first bowl game (and first round pick in the NFL draft) in a decade. There is intriguing talent blooming in the Palouse to suggest even bigger things are on the horizon.
Can new head coach Steve Sarkisian help turn around a Southern Cal program that has slipped recently in both winning percentage and the number of NFL prospects produced? Inheriting a defense that boasts future top five pick Leonard Williams certainly helps.
Since taking over at UCLA, Jim Mora has improved the culture, winning percentage and number of Bruins selected into the NFL draft. With a young, hungry roster led by redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley and super-sophomore Myles Jack, Mora's future in blue looks bright.
Losses on the field and to the roster due to early leaps to the NFL were the unfortunate theme of Sonny Dykes' first season as head coach at Cal. There is young talent blooming, however, and if their health returns, a few seniors could earn NFL attention, as well.