USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler is "open to possibility of declaring for NFL draft," reports Michael Lev of the Orange County Register.
"Exploring his options," Lev tweeted. "Getting eval. No decisions till after bowl." It would certainly be an interesting decision by a prospect who is extremely unlikely to hear his name called on even Day 2. That said, we like Kessler, who is accurate, efficient, functionally mobile, and tough. It's just that he's also small, doesn't have a strong arm to get the ball downfield, and doesn't have the velocity to always fit the balls into tight windows. He's been compared to signal-callers like Brian Hoyer and Aaron Murray. If he declares, Kessler would be a solid Day 3 pick. Because of his weaknesses, it's doubtful that returning to school is going to aid his stock much. Previously, Kessler has told the media he'll return for his final season of eligibility. Stay tuned.