Just over two years ago, the Arizona Wildcats and Oregon Ducks were playing in the Pac-12 Championship Game against each other.
Now, in April 2017, they are the only two teams in the Pac-12 to not have a player selected in the NFL Draft.
Here’s a look at all the Power Five schools that didn’t have a single player have their name called over the seven round and three day event:
P5 programs without a draft pick: Syracuse, UVA, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, Maryland, Rutgers, Oregon, Arizona, Kentucky, South Carolina.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) April 29, 2017
The other fun Arizona tie in here....South Carolina. You know, where Rich Rodriguez almost went last year.
For Arizona and Oregon, this is certainly a player development issue. The Ducks went ahead and fired Mark Helfrich because of this during the offseason, while the Wildcats still have Rodriguez at the helm.
Since 2012, Arizona has not had a player drafted in the first three rounds, and this is the third time in the last five years that not a single Wildcat was selected. This is definitely an issue for the program moving forward.
Utah won the Pac-12 battle this year, and look at Colorado with a few picks. That’s player development.
Draft picks by Pac-12 schools.— Jason Clay (@j_clay) April 29, 2017
Oregon St. 2