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CBS Sports' Pete Prisco questioned the Browns' use of a third-round pick on USC QB Cody Kessler.

"I know [HC] Hue Jackson has ties to USC," Prisco wrote, "but is [Kessler] really worth a third-round pick?" The analyst slapped a C- on Cleveland's draft as a whole, though he was a big fan of their selection of Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins in the fifth round. Of the 14 (!) players the Browns drafted in Chicago, five of them were wide receivers, headlined by Baylor's Corey Coleman at No. 15. Prisco believes this class will be tied to the success of QB Carson Wentz for the Eagles, given that Cleveland traded out of the No. 2 slot. Of course, Wentz's development (regardless of how it plays out) won't have any actual bearing on the success or failure of the athletes the Browns actually did select.
Source: CBS Sports
May 5 - 10:29 PM

Seahawks signed USC RB Tre Madden.

Madden (6'0/223) arrived at USC as a four-star recruit but couldn't get off the shelf, missing time with turf toe, hamstring, and knee injuries and playing in only 20 college games. He finished his career with 1,155 yards and eight TDs on 223 carries (5.18 YPC), adding 32 receptions. Healthy for the Trojans' Pro Day, Madden ran 4.56 with a 10-foot broad jump and 33 1/2-inch vertical. Madden has adequate athleticism, but lacks NFL-level production and durability. Ultimately a replacement-level back, Madden is essentially Vick Ballard 2.0.
May 4 - 3:12 PM

Texans signed USC FB Soma Vainuku.

Vainuku (6'0/246) played fullback and special teams for the Trojans, managing 272 yards and four TDs on 41 career touches. A good athlete for his size, Vainuku ran 4.68 with a 32-inch vertical at the Combine. Just an average lead blocker with limited passing-game or rushing experience, Vainuku will have to show value in kickoff and punt coverage to make it in the NFL.
May 3 - 8:06 PM

Colts signed USC LB Anthony Sarao.

Sarao (5'11/219) started three seasons for the Trojans, tallying 12.5 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and two interceptions. A severely undersized college inside linebacker, Sarao struggled at USC's Pro Day with a 4.86 forty and sluggish agility scores. Sarao succeeded on sheer effort and intensity in college. In the NFL, Sarao will need to kick tail on special teams to carve out a career.
May 3 - 2:50 PM

Colts signed USC DT Delvon Simmons.

Simmons (6'5/298) spent his first two college seasons at Texas Tech and his final two at USC, tallying 20.5 career tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles. He showed plodding athleticism at the Trojans' Pro Day, running 5.46 with an 8-foot-2 broad jump. Simmons offers power and strength, but he isn't going to put pressure on NFL quarterbacks. At best, he'll be a rotational two-down run stopper.
May 3 - 2:17 PM

Titans signed USC DT Antwaun Woods.

Woods (6'0/318) was a three-year starter at nose tackle, tallying 14.5 career tackles for loss and eight sacks. He was named first-team All-Pac 12 by the conference's coaches as a senior. Athletic for his size, Woods ran a 5.0-flat forty at USC's Pro Day and has NFL-level quickness with heavy, powerful hands. A fire hydrant in the trenches, Woods is a sleeper to contribute in a one-technique role.
May 1 - 1:38 AM

Bills selected USC CB Kevon Seymour with the No. 218 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Seymour (6'0/186) started as a sophomore and junior before falling into Steve Sarkisian's doghouse and getting benched as a senior. He finished his college career with just three interceptions. Seymour reminded of his athletic prowess in Indy, blazing 4.39 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Something of a rehab project after his lost senior year, Seymour could surprise if coached up properly.
Apr 30 - 5:35 PM

Browns selected USC QB Cody Kessler with the No. 93 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Kessler (6'1/220) made 27 starts for the Trojans, logging a school-record 67.5% career completion rate with an 8.20 YPA and 88:19 TD-to-INT ratio. A game-manager type, Kessler has baseline NFL arm strength and a consistent track record of accuracy, but struggles to make throws on the run, is short for a quarterback and showed little vertical ability in the Pac 12. Most likely, Kessler will settle in as a backup.
Apr 29 - 11:07 PM

Chargers selected USC C Max Tuerk with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Tuerk (6'5/298) made 38 starts for the Trojans, seeing action all over the line before suffering a year-ending knee injury five games into his senior season. Tuerk was voted first-team All-Pac 12 as a junior. Before his injury, Tuerk demonstrated top-shelf movement skills and flashed a nasty streak, but he desperately needs to get stronger. Tuerk also has short arms (32 1/2") that will limit him to the interior in the pros. His best NFL position is probably center. Unable to work out before the draft, Tuerk's recovery may force him to open his rookie year on reserve/PUP.
Apr 29 - 9:46 PM

Redskins selected USC LB Su'a Cravens with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Cravens (6'1/226) played a hybrid safety-linebacker role in USC's defense, logging 33.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and nine interceptions as a three-year starter. He showed linebacker-level athleticism in pre-draft workouts, running 4.69 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical. Cravens compared himself to Deone Bucannon in Combine interviews, but isn't as good of an athlete. In the NFL, he'll serve as a strong safety-slash-dime linebacker in DC Joe Barry's defense.
Apr 29 - 9:00 PM

An anonymous NFL scout says he likes USC C Max Tuerk "over [Ryan] Kelly but [Tuerk] really had a bad injury."

"He can pull and do all kinds of things," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But he's really a slight built guy." Tuerk blew out his ACL in October. Another scout told the publication that Tuerk's weight fell all the way to the 260s in September. "He has pumped up to 296 or whatever but I don't know how much of that is real weight," another scout said. "When he goes to training camp does he end up being a 280-pound center? I can't think of any 280-pound centers." Tuerk does have the center class' biggest hands (nearly 11 inches) and some believe he has five-position versatility. "Really a big-time athlete," said a third scout. "He's (Alex) Mack, the same type of guy. He is so quick and so athletic. Somebody told me he might be too tall for center and I said, 'You've got to be kidding me?'"
Apr 27 - 4:03 PM

The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson relays that USC LB/S Su'a Cravens is under consideration as a possible first-rounder.

Among the teams that Wilson tabbed as potential interested parties for Cravens' services, the New England Patriots, Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline likewise sees the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder as a first-rounder, believing that he will either be selected by a team near the end of the first round, or potentially, could be selected by a team trading back into first.
Apr 25 - 9:31 PM

USC QB Cody Kessler has visited the Chargers, Saints, Browns and Lions.

"Could go a lot earlier than expected," NFL.com's Ian Rapaport added. That could mean a third or fourth round call for Kessler. If that happens, it'll be an overdraft.
Apr 19 - 9:50 PM

According to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys had their choice of quarterbacks to coach at the Senior Bowl and chose USC QB Kody Kessler.

While the Cowboys have drawn big headlines at times in the possibility they might draft a quarterback at No. 4, it is far, far more likely they grab a quarterback like Kessler in the later rounds. We aren't particularly keen on Kessler as an eventual NFL starter, but he could develop into a dependable backup. This offseason, he has been working to improve his accuracy on deep passes. Fellow mid-to-late-round signal-caller Dak Prescott is visiting the Cowboys on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 1:03 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner noted that USC C Max Tuerk is "the best center in this class at locating linebackers on the move, whether it be pulling or at the second level."

"Any team that utilizes the center pulling to the edge heavily should be pushing Tuerk above [Michigan State's Jack] Allen and [Duke's Matt] Skura simply because he’s so adept at [locating linebackers]," Renner wrote. There are complications beyond talent here, though, as the 6-foot-5, 298-pound Tuerk has been sidelined by a torn knee ligament suffered in early October and has not been healthy enough to take part in the majority of the pre-draft process. "Unfortunately," PFF's Renner concluded, "the ACL injury makes his evaluation a tad difficult, as he wasn’t near the same player his junior year [as he was in his abbreviated senior year]."
Apr 17 - 1:45 PM


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