The 2023 NFL Draft is still ongoing, and Day 2 provided more fireworks Friday night.

When Day 2 was all wrapped up, a total of 4 Pac-12 players were selected in the third round of the draft. Those picks included former stars from Oregon, Washington State, Stanford and USC:

  • No. 80 overall — DJ Johnson, OLB, Oregon — Carolina Panthers
  • No. 85 overall — Daiyan Henley, ILB, Washington State — Los Angeles Chargers
  • No. 94 overall — Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford — Arizona Cardinals
  • No. 102 overall — Mekhi Blackmon, CB, USC — Minnesota Vikings

Johnson moved around positionally during his time at Oregon but shined during the 2022 season, finishing with 39 total tackles, 8.5 TFL and 6 sacks for the Ducks. He has great size for an edge rusher at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds and flashed some explosivenss with a 4.49-second 40-yard dash and 32″ vertical jump.

Henley is a true veteran player out of college who transferred to Washington State for one final season after beginning his career at Nevada. He finished 2022 with 106 tackles, 12 TFL, 4 sacks, an interception and 3 forced fumbles and tested favorably for the ILB class in this draft.

Wilson is an intriguing prospect in what was a deep WR group for the 2023 NFL Draft. When on the field, Wilson was productive but was hampered by injuries throughout his Cardinal career. He was one of the top performers at the Senior Bowl.

Blackmon had a strong final collegiate season with USC after beginning his career at Colorado, finishing 2022 with 66 tackles, 3 interceptions and 12 pass breakups. He did run a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine but only registered 11 reps on the bench press.