Our pre-draft series continues into the first week of April with a look at the best players hailing from the West Coast, specifically the Pac-12 conference.
With 2011 serving as the first year of the Pac-12 expanding to a dozen teams, there was no shortage of talent being represented on the gridiron.
The 49ers have a history of taking players from the conference, too. Eight players on the team’s current roster are from Pac-12 schools (however, quarterback Alex Smith technically played at Utah when it was part of the Mountain West Conference).
It was a competitive inaugural Pac-12 season from top to bottom. Sanctions kept USC out of the conference title game, but the University of Oregon beat UCLA soundly in the inaugural Pac-12 title game before defeating the University of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
With such a competitive conference full of talented players, it’s not hard to envision such players joining the 49ers in the future.
In the past two years alone San Francisco drafted a Pac-10 receiver in the sixth-round.
Considering several of Jim Harbaugh’s former Stanford players are marching up the draft board on top of a number of talented Pac-12 players, who would you like to see wearing a 49ers uniform in 2012? More Stanford players familiar with the 49ers schemes or players from other Pac-12 schools?
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