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LB Anthony Barr will return to play for UCLA in 2013
The following Pac-12 athletes just missed the cut for the top five, but each deserve a nod for their legitimacy as NFL-caliber players. Here are the honorable mentions for the Pac-12's best professional prospects.
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
Anthony Barr has been projected as a future first-round draft pick, but because of his recent decision to return to UCLA, we will have to wait another year to find out for sure.
Barr made a name for himself in 2012, racking up 74 tackles and 13.5 sacks in his first season on defense. Barr's primary asset is his speedy pass rush, but his ability to drop back in coverage has been improving steadily.
With another season of physical development, Barr should be able to exhibit the technique necessary to crack the top 10 of the 2014 NFL draft.
WR Marqise Lee, USC
Of all the players in this slideshow, WR Marqise Lee is the only one who is required to return to college ball for another season. Lee is only two years removed from high school, so he won't be eligible to enter the professional ranks until at least the 2014 NFL draft.
As a true sophomore in 2012, Lee established himself as the go-to playmaker in USC's high-flying offense, compiling 118 catches for 1,721 yards and 14 TDs.
The standout campaign earned Lee a trip to Disney World to accept the Biletnikoff Award, an annual distinction reserved for the best wide receiver in NCAA football.
With the early departure of Trojan counterpart Robert Woods, Lee figures to continue his tear in 2013 and build towards a high draft projection after next season.
RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
Unlike the others on this slide, Stepfan Taylor is a senior and is eligible for the 2013 NFL draft. After leading Stanford to its first Rose Bowl win since 1972, Taylor has garnered more attention from professional scouts.
At 5'11" and 215 pounds, Taylor has the perfect blend of size and power that should make him a productive back at the next level. Not only can he cut on a dime, but Taylor has the ability to run through defenders and break tackles.
Taylor rumbled for 1,530 yards and 13 TDs on 322 attempts in the Cardinal's pro-style offense, showcasing his durability as an every-down runner.
Some draft profiles have Taylor as the No. 7 overall RB prospect, and he could be taken as early as the third round.