The 2013 NFL draft was underwhelming for the Bay Area schools, with no first-round picks and just eight total selections (Cal: 4, Stanford: 3, SJSU: 1).
But the '14 draft should be better -- potentially much better.
With Stanford's loaded defense leading the way, the three schools could very well produce 12-15 draft picks.
Also, note the uptick in the number of prospects at San Jose State. That's a credit for former coach Mike MacIntyre's eye for talent.
The 13 players ranked below are projected as early-to-middle-round selections. Juniors are included.
top 2014 NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS FROM CAL, STANFORD, SAN JOSE STATE 1. Stanford OL David Yankey -- Can play either guard or tackle but probably projects as a guard. One of the top linemen in the country. Potential top-20 pick. 2. SJSU QB David Fales -- Has a chance to make the first round but must perform at an elite level on weekly basis against MWC competition. And the '14 draft could be stocked with quality QBs. 3. Cal DT Deandre Coleman -- Raw talent + position = potential for Coleman to be a first-day pick ... if he plays hard every week. 4. Stanford FS Ed Reynolds -- Needs to get stronger but has the instincts necessary to decode complicated NFL aerial attacks. 5. SJSU CB Bene Benwikere -- Big, fast and versatile enough to develop into a second-day selection. Cornerback probably ranks fourth on the NFL's most-wanted list behind QB, OT and DE/OLB. 6. Stanford LB Shayne Skov -- Best summation of Skov came from Cardinal coach David Shaw: "Heat-seeking missile." Whether he goes in the early or middle rounds depends on the 40 time. 7. Stanford SS Jordan Richards -- Physical player who thrives in run support (think: 49ers first-rounder Eric Reid). Could very well end up a better prospect than backfield-mate Ed Reynolds. 8. SJSU DL Travis Raciti -- Quick off the ball, strong and relentless. Draft position will be based on position/scheme projections: End or tackle? ... 4-3 or 3-4? 9. Cal DE Brennan Scarlett -- Will play end for the Bears in their 4-3 but projects as an outside linebacker. Love his game. 10. Stanford DE Henry Anderson -- He's 6-foot-6 with the arm length that scouts covet and averages nearly one tackle-for-loss per start. 11. Stanford OT Cameron Fleming -- Had solid '12 season but wasn't dominant. The potential is there, however. 12. Cal TB Brendan Bigelow -- If draft position was simply about raw talent, Bigelow might be No. 1 on this list. But his health and ability to grasp protection schemes top the list of questions. 13. Stanford DE Ben Gardner -- If draft position was simply about toughness, intensity and work ethic, Gardner might be No. 1 on this list. But NFL scouts will undoubtedly downgrade Gardner for the same reasons (athleticism, size, arm length) that college recruiters overlooked him. Just missed the cut (i.e., potential middle- to late-round picks, in no particular order): SJSU LB Vince Buhagiar, Cal LB Chris McCain, Stanford FB/TE Ryan Hewitt, SJSU WR Noel Grigsby, Cal DT Viliami Moala, SJSU LB Keith Smith, Cal TE Richard Rodgers, Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford LB Trent Murphy. Note: Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is not included. As a redshirt sophomore next season, he'll be eligible for the '14 draft. But it's exceedingly difficult to envision Hogan turning pro next winter.