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TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline likes USC redshirt senior ILB Hayes Pullard's instincts.

"Pullard is a smallish prospect (more short than small) with growth limitations but a terrific pursuit linebacker with solid instincts," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Pullard enters his senior year having made 39 career starts. He's recorded 282 tackles, 20 for loss. The inside 'backer runs a 4.73 forty.
Jul 28 - 12:19 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes USC senior OL Aundrey Walker "took a step back last season."

"I thought Walker took a step back last season after moving from left tackle to guard," Pauline wrote. "Based off his sophomore film of ’12, Walker looked like a potential top 100 pick." The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder missed spring practices while recovering from a broken left ankle suffered against UCLA last season. Scouts like his long arms and position versatility, but hopefully we'll see increased focus this fall.
Jul 27 - 8:25 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams "has the ability to be an early first round pick next April," writes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The USC prospect gained 15 pounds this offseason and is up to 305. "Williams is a nice combination of size, growth potential, athleticism and explosion," Pauline wrote. "He’s scheme diverse and can play several spots up front." Williams earned Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors as a DT in 2012, and then converted to DE to collect 74 tackles -- 13.5 for loss -- and six sacks while battling through a nagging shoulder injury last year. Williams is a preseason top 10 prospect.
Jul 27 - 6:30 PM

"Many" disagree with Tony Pauline's undrafted free agent grade on USC junior WR Nelson Agholor.

Of the hundreds of preseason draft grades Pauline has disseminated, this is probably the most controversial. "Many disagree with my grade on receiver Nelson Agholor, with some sending me hate mail and guaranteeing Agholor is a lock 2nd round pick," Pauline wrote. "I’m sure my free agent ranking was a bit low but breaking down Agholor I see a solid college receiver who lacks the size and speed to be anything other than a fifth wide out at the next level. His inability to win out for contested passes is also an issue." The 6-foot, 185-pounder led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns, and added 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 10 kickoff returns for 175 yards (17.5 avg). CBS Sports' Rob Rang compared Agoholor to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods earlier this summer, and ESPN's Mel Kiper graded him as the No. 3 underclassmen wide receiver.
Jul 27 - 6:14 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams said he played at 65 percent strength/health last season due to a torn labrum.

Williams claims he is currently at 95 percent strength and has gained 15 pounds, as he now weighs 305 pounds. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Williams just turned 20 years old. If that was Williams at 65 percent, we are pretty excited to see the defensive lineman close to 100. He has a great chance of being this year's top prospect on the defensive side of the ball.
Jul 24 - 10:11 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler is graded as a Rds. 6-7 prospect by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

This is actually a promising ranking by the draft expert, as it asserts that Kessler is a better pro prospect than more lauded Pac-12 throwers Kevin Hogan (Stanford) and Taylor Kelly (Arizona State), both of whom Pauline graded as preseason UDFAs. Kessler took off when Lane Kiffin was booted to the curb and Ed Orgeron did away with the QB platoon that had Kessler sharing snaps with Max Wittek. Another step forward will draw the NFL's interest.
Jul 8 - 9:46 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor was graded as an undrafted free agent by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider.

Pauline is out in the wilderness on this one, but he's not afraid to go against the crowd. Earlier this offseason, CBS Sports' Rob Rang compared Agoholor to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, and ESPN's Mel Kiper graded him as the No. 3 underclassmen wide receiver. The 6-foot, 185-pounder led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns, and added 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 10 kickoff returns for 175 yards (17.5 avg). Agholor is a great open field runner because of his vision. We think he must add muscle to his spindly frame to ascend as a pro prospect.
Jul 8 - 8:38 PM

USC redshirt freshman DL Kenny Bigelow will miss the 2014 season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

The injury occurred during voluntary player workouts. Bigelow enrolled early last spring and promptly redshirted his first season. Without seeing him on the field it is tough to say if Bigelow can challenge for a starting spot in the future, but the Trojans will likely lose their top defensive prospect to the 2015 draft in Leonard Williams.
Jul 8 - 2:48 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks USC junior Max Tuerk as the top underclassmen offensive guard prospect.

"Not only does Tuerk go into his junior season with 20 career starts, but he's played almost everywhere at this point," Kiper wrote. "After spending time at the beginning of his career at left guard, he finished his freshman campaign starting at left tackle. Last year, he was back at guard, but also notched a game at right tackle. We're talking about a true junior with tremendous experience and versatility." The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk will draw plenty of attention from NFL scouts trying to decipher which positions best suits him in the pros -- as Kiper suggests, he's capable of handling all five OL spots.
Jul 5 - 5:52 PM

Former USC QB Max Wittek is in the process of applying to Hawaii for the 2014 school year and says there is a "good possibility" he will walk-on the football team.

Wittek pointed out nothing is official yet and he still has to have conversations with his family along with the acceptance of his application, but everything is headed in the right direction. The Star Advertiser notes Wittek would need to sit out the 2014 season since he did not graduate from USC last spring.
Jul 3 - 1:31 PM

USC redshirt junior RB Javorius Allen is a versatile, three-down back, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Buck", who runs a 4.54 forty, is a fantasy breakout candidate. He entered last season as a virtual unknown, having toted only six career carries. After Lane Kiffin was dismissed, interim head coach Ed Orgeron unleashed the 6-foot, 215-pounder. Allen scored 12 touchdowns in USC's last six games and exceeded 100 yards four times. "Allen has a high-cut frame and a gliding, deceptively powerful running style and offers help in the passing game as both a receiver and blocker," Rang observed.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 29 - 1:49 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that USC senior DE J.R Tavai needs to finish "strong" due to his "tweener traits and medical concerns."

"Tavai is powerful, relatively light on his feet and plays with a high-revving motor but his 'tweener traits and medical concerns mean that he needs a strong cap to his collegiate career to earn a draft selection," Rang wrote. Tavai has dealt with injuries the last two years (ankle injury/broken foot) although when healthy, he's been able to make an impact for the Trojans. The USC prospect spent most of last season at outside linebacker, and was available at defensive end and at tackle. Tavai recorded a career-high 56 tackles, and added eight tackles for a loss to his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 5:47 PM

USC redshirt senior ILB Hayes Pullard "is a feisty, instinctive defender with a quick burst to close" but is small for the position, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder "has a been rock in the middle of the Trojans' defense over his career," wrote Rang, making 39 starts and recording 282 tackles, 20 for loss. "Pullard is savvy enough to slip past some blockers and make tackles close to the line of scrimmage but he struggles to break free once engaged and gets lost in the traffic," Rang wrote. The inside 'backer runs a 4.73 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 3:42 PM

USC senior OL Aundrey Walker (ankle) is expected to shift back to guard in 2014.

Walker has started at left tackle and right guard over the past two seasons. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder missed spring practices while recovering from a broken left ankle suffered against UCLA last season. "Walker looks the part of an NFL lineman, boasting long arms and a proportionate frame," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He is powerful but not particularly nimble."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 3:29 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor compares to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods in sporting a "lean, athletic frame, good lateral agility to elude and sudden acceleration," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Agholor led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns, and added 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 10 kickoff returns for 175 yards (17.5 avg). "Agholor shows good quickness and balance as a route-runner and is asked to run a variety of routes in USC's pro-style scheme," wrote Rang. "He generally catches the ball cleanly with his hands (some bobbles, however) and secures it quickly. He possesses very good vision to set up blocks, as well as the courage and quickness to cut-back against the grain to take advantage of over-pursuing defenders."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 1:30 PM


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