20 Best NFL Players from Pac-12 Schools

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Carson Palmer

January 16, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) passes the football during the first quarter in a NFC Divisional round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking the 20 best NFL players from Pac-12 schools, including former Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Marcus Mariota.

Best NFL Players from the ACC / Big Ten / Big 12 / SEC

This list of the best NFL players from Pac-12 schools features Super Bowl winners, former No. 1 overall picks, a two-time league MVP and a handful of future Hall of Fame players.

The USC Trojans had the most players represented on the top 20 with six players named to the list, including former Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer who was named a second-team All-Pro last year with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Oregon Ducks came in second place with four players but none in the top 12. The Stanford Cardinal had three players named in the top seven and tied the Cal Bears for third place with three players named. The Washington Huskies had a pair of players named while the UCLA Bruins and Arizona Wildcats each had one player named.

  • USC Trojans – 6
  • Oregon Ducks – 4
  • Stanford Cardinal – 3
  • California Golden Bears – 3
  • Washington Huskies – 2
  • UCLA Bruins – 1
  • Arizona Wildcats – 1

Honorable Mention goes to All-Pro special teams performers Michael Thomas and Johnny Hekker. I also wanted to give the lifetime achievement award to Terrell Suggs who missed all but one game last year but had 22 sacks the previous two years. His 106.5 career sacks are the fourth-most among active NFL players.

So without further ado, here are the 20 best NFL players from Pac-12 schools. After reading through the list, please leave your thoughts and reactions in the comments section to continue the conversation.

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