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Pro Football Focus compared USC CB Adoree' Jackson to Baltimore Ravens S Ladarius Webb.

"Jackson, like Webb before him, is deceptively physical against the run and screens, especially for a player his size," writes the PFF analysis team. "He plays the ball well like Webb does, and both contributed as returners on special teams." As to where the athletic dynamo might land in the draft, his likely range is looking like late in the first round or early in the second. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler does not believe Jackson will draw a selection within the first 20 picks due to his size (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) and what Brugler terms as a lack of refinement.
Apr 21 - 4:42 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that talk of USC CB Adoree' Jackson as a top-20 pick is overblown.

"Jackson is an elite athlete with ball skills and plenty of potential, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he is being mentioned as a possible first rounder," Brugler writes. "But it is still tough to see him in the top 20 selections because he is so unrefined and his lack of size shows up frequently on tape." Jackson reportedly visited with the Texans, Eagles, Cowboys, Browns, Bucs and Titans during the process. The Texans and Cowboys hold the 27th and 28th picks, respectively. That feels about right for Jackson's ceiling. If he isn't drafted on Day 1, he won't be waiting around long on Day 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 7:21 PM

USC CB Adoree' Jackson visited the Texans, Eagles, Cowboys, Browns, Bucs and Titans, according to Aaron Wilson.

A few teams in the later part of round one are considering Jackson, but his most likely target area is at the top of round two. Jackson is an incredible athlete who is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. We are sure many position coaches see him as a moldable piece of clay.
Apr 20 - 11:15 AM

Pro Football Focus compared USC WR Darreus Rogers to Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell.

"Treadwell is an all-around better athlete than Rogers, but has a similar issue of having strong hands and great body control but inability to separate consistently," notes the PFF analysis team. The outlet is not keen on the 6-foot-1, 216-pound Rogers' pro potential in the slightest, writing that the USC wideout "would be good as a late-round pick for camp competition and perhaps a practice squad candidate, but it would be a surprise to see him on a roster next season with the issues he has."
Apr 18 - 9:08 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said that there is no timetable for the reinstatement of indefinitely suspended redshirt senior K Matt Boermeester.

Boermeester has been out on suspension since early February. The university said at the time that they were investigating a "code of conduct issue" relating to the kicker. This past season, Boermeester connected on 18-of-25 kicks. It is reasonable to assume that his future with the program will be determined one way or another this summer.
Apr 14 - 6:49 PM

USC S Leon McQuay III traveled to the Texans for a visit.

McQuay attended the East-West Shrine game, but is a bit of a curious invite due to his late third day projection. Perhaps this is some sort of recruitment for a possible UDFA.
Apr 14 - 11:16 AM

An NFC West Coast regional scout said that USC WR Darreus Rogers' 40-yard dash time has essentially scrubbed him from their team's board.

"I see some of the good things he does, but it almost doesn't even matter to me because I know our coaches are going to want him off the board as soon as they see his 40 time," the scout said. Rogers did not run the 40-yard dash at the Combine, but did turn in a sprint on pro day. As the scout foresaw, it did not go so hot, with Rogers making even Florida CB Teez Tabor (4.75s pro day 40) look speedy in comparison. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Rogers managed just 4.90 seconds in the event. Rogers does possess strong ball skills and an ability to haul in contested passes -- Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote that in February training, he more than held his own as a pass-catcher in comparison to Clemson WR Mike Williams and Western Michigan WR Corey Davis -- but his lack of speed is going to relegate him to a late Day 3 selection at best.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 6 - 5:10 PM

An AFC WR coach said he "absolutely love[s]" USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and compares him to Anquan Boldin.

"I would be interested to see where other teams have JuJu (Smith-Schuster) because I absolutely love him," he said. "He reminds me so much of Anquan Boldin the way he creates space for himself and how physical he is after the catch. He will end up being as good or better than those receivers they are mentioning in the first round." Those receivers would be Clemson's Mike Williams, Western Michigan's Corey Davis and Washington's John Ross. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein also compares Smith-Schuster to Boldin. Smith-Schuster is one of the class' most polarizing wide receiver prospects, including within the Rotoworld staff. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris pans Smith-Schuster as the No. 10 wide receiver prospect (Corey Davis after taxes?" he wrote.), while college football writer Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 4 WR in the class. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder's lack of wheels hurts his evaluation, but he's big and strong and often wins the balls he fights for downfield.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 6 - 1:24 PM

USC S Leon McQuay III was invited to Tampa Bay's local prospect day and is expected to attend.

McQuay didn't run the 40 or do any agility drills at USC's pro day workout last month due to a hamstring injury. His grandfather Leon played in the NFL. McQuay, who had 50 tackles and two interceptions last year, will either go late on Day 3 or be available as a UDFA.
Apr 5 - 2:06 PM

The MMQB's Albert Breer released a list of 18 draft prospects that Dallas will host for official visits this week, including USC CB Adoree' Jackson and Ohio State CB Gareon Conley.

Of the 18, 17 are defensive players. The only offensive player on the list is USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. The other defenders known to be visiting Dallas this week are Tennessee DE Derek Barnett, Michigan DE Taco Charlton, Washington CB Kevin King, UConn DB Obi Melifonwu, UCLA CB Fabian Moreau, Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley, Louisiana Tech S Xavier Woods, Oregon State CB Treston DeCoud, Florida CB Teez Tabor, Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado S Tedric Thompson, Ohio DE Tarell Basham, UCLA DE Takk McKinley, Florida CB Quincy Wilson and Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon.
Apr 4 - 12:59 PM

USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster will visit the Cowboys.

Of the 18 names of prospects visiting the Cowboys tweeted out by Albert Breer, Smith-Schuster was the only offensive player. Think that indicates which side of the ball the team will be drafting early? Smith-Schuster produced an outstanding 2015 season, but failed to build on it during his final year of collegiate football. He is a third or fourth round pick.
Apr 4 - 9:54 AM

USC freshman LB Tayler Katoa is expected to miss the 2017 season after tearing his ACL.

Katoa injured his knee in Thursday's practice. A Friday MRI spelled out the bad news for the 6-foot-1, 224-pounder. As far as timing goes with an ACL tear, Katoa's is actually in an OK place (relatively speaking). The three-star recruit probably wasn't going to be much of an immediate contributor for the Trojans, anyway, and tearing the ACL in April allows time for a full recovery by the start of spring practice in 2018.
Apr 2 - 2:23 PM

Pro Football Focus compared USC RB Justin Davis to Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford.

"Like Langford, he fits well in a zone-heavy scheme, has good speed, and will make the right reads and cuts to get what the offensive line provides," PFF notes, adding that "[n]either are players that are going to create their own yardage often behind poor blocking." The outlet does like the 6-foot-1, 208-pounder's open-field wiggle more than that of Langford. He is a likely Day 3 selection come the draft.
Mar 30 - 4:20 PM

The MMQB's Emily Kaplan believes USC CB Adoree' Jackson is a "darkhorse" first round possibility due to his punt return ability.

It might be where Jackson makes the most immediate impact. Some have even suggested offensive coaches will want to get their hands on Jackson thanks to his athleticism and playmaking ability with the ball in his hands. Jackson is at his best close on receivers.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 28 - 10:38 AM

USC coach Clay Helton said redshirt freshman S Jamel Cook has displayed "flashes of real brilliance" this spring.

"[He needs to work on his] consistency of assignments and learning the system," Helton said. That will be key, because USC wants to use the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder as a nickelback next season. Early returns have been outstanding. Cook had three interceptions in one scrimmage. The Trojans need help on the corners after Adoree' Jackson and Leon McQuay III both departed following last season.
Mar 27 - 2:07 PM


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