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The LA Times spoke with one NFL scout who believes USC junior Nelson Agholor is a perfect No. 3 WR.

The scout adds " slot receiver, and return specialist" to Agholor's projection. The evaluator highlighted slot targets who can win over the middle, find windows in zone, separate versus man, and the run after the catch. "He's got some of that to him," the scout concluded. Unless a number of USC eligibles return for one final season, expect Agholor to declare for this spring's draft.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 9:38 AM

One NFL scout called USC junior DL Leonard Williams "the real deal" after watching him in person.

"He's got a great body, quick off the ball. He did have that shoulder surgery, so he's a little bit behind strength-wise, but he still has plenty of strength," the scout said. "He's got tremendous upside, and he's definitely a consideration for that top pick." He then highlighted the Arizona tape as the one to watch. We are not saying he is a comparable prospect skill wise, but look for Williams to play a J.J. Watt type role for an NFL team.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 8:49 AM

Scouts want to see USC junior WR Nelson Agholor "be more controlled and reliable with his routes," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Agholor was limited to only four catches and 35 yards against the Bruins last season so he'll be looking for revenge this year and scouts want to see him be more controlled and reliable with his routes, field awareness and process finishing catches," Brugler writes. The USC prospect had the most productive game of his career versus Cal, hauling in 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 3:17 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that USC junior DL Leonard Williams' skill-set is "exactly what NFL teams covet in the trenches."

"The stats for the "Big Cat" aren't striking, but he has also toughed through an ankle injury most of the season and his flexibility, movement skills and point of attack strength are exactly what NFL teams covet in the trenches," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams has a team-best 6.0 sacks on the season, but has been battling through an ankle injury all year. Brugler adds that, Williams "is the most likely player to hear his name called first at the podium by the commissioner."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 2:36 PM

Orange County Register's Michael Lev notes that USC coach Steve Sarkisian said redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw "will have a role" against UCLA this weekend.

"USC coach Steve Sarkisian said CB Josh Shaw will have a role against UCLA. The extent of that role remains to be seen," Lev tweeted. The USC prospect has not played a single down for the Trojans this season, after he was caught lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in him injuring his ankles.
Nov 20 - 2:25 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that through 10 games, USC junior DL Leonard Williams has been "the best player [he's] seen on the field this season."

Williams has been sitting atop Rang's draft board for most of the season. The CBS Sports' analyst wrote that "[Williams is] too quick for guards and too strong for tackles, wreaking havoc along the line of scrimmage against the run and pass." Williams is a physical specimen at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and has been compared to, among others, J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour. If he's not selected with the first pick, he will still almost certainly go within the Top-5.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 19 - 6:01 PM

Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reports that USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw practiced with the team today.

With two regular season games left for USC, against UCLA and then Notre Dame, it's still up in the air if Shaw will get his starting job back. Coach Steve Sarkisian is currently working Shaw back into the mix. The USC prospect has not played a single down for the Trojans this season, after he was caught lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in him injuring his ankles.
Nov 19 - 2:21 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports USC redshirt sophomore RT Zach Banner is "giving serious thought" to entering the 2015 NFL Draft.

Banner is the son former top 10 pick and longtime starting NFL tackle Lincoln Kennedy, so obviously he has a great pedigree which is something NFL teams frequently bring up. Banner stands at a monstrous 6'9/350 pounds and has seen most of his time as the school's starting right tackle.
Nov 19 - 9:48 AM

Redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw has been reinstated to the USC football team.

Shaw has not played a single snap this season after lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in to injured ankles. The school announced the tale to the world, and Shaw was caught in his lie. He recently told his side of the story after being quiet during a 10 game suspension. Shaw regaining his starting job in the defensive backfield is no sure thing, however, and head coach Steve Sarkisian is in the process of figuring out the senior's role. USC has two regular season games remaining, against UCLA and then Notre Dame.
Source: USC Trojans
Nov 18 - 8:06 PM

If USC junior WR Nelson Agholor decided to leave school early, he would be a second round pick, observes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Although not viewed as a first round prospect, Agholor, who is only a junior, will have a tough decision to make after the season, possibly following in the footsteps of former USC wideouts Robert Woods and Marqise Lee by leaving school early to be a second round pick," Brugler writes. The USC prospect put on a show versus Cal, hauling in 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday. Agholor "tends to be a little wild in his movements at times, but he runs hard and picks up speed as he goes, showing surprising toughness as a finisher to get every yard he can," according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 18 - 3:32 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks observed that USC junior WR Nelson Agholor showed off superior "route-running, ball skills and run-after-catch ability" in posting 216 yards against Cal.

Brooks called Agholor's performances earlier in the year a "mixed bag," but has been all-in on the receiver as of late. That'll happen when a prospect puts up back-to-back 200-yard receiving games. According to Brooks, Agholor's game is still "ascending." This bodes well for the receiver's prospects, as "scouts plac[e] a heavy emphasis on the way a prospect finishes the season." Agholor is also a skilled returner, which will help his stock with teams that might not necessarily view him as a No.1 receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 17 - 10:38 PM

USC redshirt senior CB Josh Shaw will not face domestic violence charges.

Shaw was involved in a tangle of lies and shadiness. After being involved in an argument with his girlfriend, he jumped off a balcony as the police arrived. Shaw injured both ankles in the incident. He told the team that he had jumped off the balcony to save his brother from drowning in a pool. This all has resulted in an indefinite suspension from the team, who will make their own private investigation of the incident. To put a bow on things, authorities today said that they would not press charges against Shaw. The result of the team investigation will be determined in the future.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 17 - 9:49 PM

Entering the season, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline had an initial low grade on USC junior WR Nelson Agholor, but notes that he has proven him wrong.

"Entering the season I gave Agholor a very low grade and have been proven wrong. The dynamic receiver has impressed scouts all season long and he turned in a career performance against Cal last week with 16 receptions for 216-yards and 2-scores," Pauline writes. Agholor has now had back-to-back 200+ yard games and also has four straight with 100 or more yards. Pauline notes that Agholor is a "terrific timing receiver who creates after the catch and has a nose for the end zone,"and Agholor "is expected to enter the draft and fits into the initial 80 picks."
Nov 17 - 3:29 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that USC senior OL Aundrey Walker could "fall out of the draft entirely."

"Several area scouts have questioned Walker’s passion for football which is disconcerting considering the ability he showed early in his career. Stamped as a middle round prospect entering the season, the more likely scenario has Walker falling out of the draft entirely," Pauline wrote. The USC prospect had a solid sophomore season as a left tackle and then moved to the guard as a junior. In Walker's 2013 season he suffered a serious ankle injury late in the year. Pauline added that Walker has "been slow to recover and has played in only five games this season."
Nov 17 - 2:50 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang observed that USC junior WR Nelson Agholor "changes direction fluidly," which allows him to gain yards after he catches the ball.

That same acceleration and ability to change directions also suits Agholor well as a punt returner. He has the vision and patience to set up blocks when returning the ball. Rang was most impressed by a play that got called back on a hold. "Agholor took a quick screen from [quarterback Cody] Kessler, made a Cal defender miss and exploded down the left sideline...weav[ing] his way through traffic for a 78-yard touchdown [that got called back]." Agholor had 216 yards receiving in the contest, marking back-to-back 200+ yard games. He has four straight with 100 or more yards. He hasn't officially declared for the draft, but it was reported by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline that according to his sources, "odds are high" that the junior declares.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 14 - 6:56 PM


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