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NFL Films' Greg Cosell said USC DL Leonard Williams is not great in space and gets moved by double teams.

"I'm not blown away by Leonard Williams," Cosell said. He added that Williams isn't an explosive player. Instead, according to Cosell, Williams plays high and isn't a natural pass rusher. "I think he's a flash player," Cosell said. "I don't see him as a purely explosive player the way you think of Gerald McCoy coming out of Oklahoma or Sheldon Richardson coming out of Missouri." The analyst added that Williams isn't a bad player, but is not a "Hall of Famer."
Feb 25 - 7:42 PM

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt said he spent some time with USC's Josh Shaw at the combine, and believes he's a "good kid" that "made a mistake."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw was hit with a 10-game suspension by USC last season, after he made up a story about how he sustained ankle injuries. The USC prospect did have a solid outing at the combine; posting the third fastest forty (4.44) amongst the cornerbacks, with a position-best 26 reps of 225 at the bench. With Shaw holding his own at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, he may have improved his stock in the eyes of some evaluators.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 3:27 PM

An NFL scout cautions that USC DL Leonard Williams is "not (Ndamukong) Suh."

"He's not a gigantic guy," the scout said. "He's athletic. He moves around good. He played inside and was getting doubled and held and everything else." The 6-foot-5, 302-pound Williams has been compared to J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy, Richard Seymour and Calais Campbell. "Probably the most talented player on the defensive side of the ball," said one scout. "He's an end and a three-technique. He's quick, strong and plays athletic."
Feb 22 - 6:41 PM

USC WR Nelson Agholor dislocated his finger during Combine catching drills and will miss the remainder of the event.

Agholor posted a 4.44 "unofficial" forty with a 1.53 10 yard split. We are bummed Agholor won't be going through the 3-cone or 20 yard short shuttle, since he might have posted some of the best times in those areas. Agholor wins with a considerable amount of quickness and burst before and after the catch.
Feb 21 - 11:12 AM

USC DL Leonard Williams measured 6-foot-5, 302 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Williams boasts 34 5/8" arms and 10 5/8" hands. All of these measurements are elite, as is the stud prospect's athleticism, which is why many analysts grade him as the year's best overall talent. Williams has been compared to a disparate list of NFL studs ranging from J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy to Richard Seymour and Calais Campbell. Williams himself said Friday that he patterns his game after Watt.
Feb 20 - 8:12 PM

USC DL Leonard Williams said that Houston Texan's JJ Watt "is the one NFL player he tries to base his game after," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Over the last couple of months, Williams as been compared to the likes of J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour. The USC prospect is a combination of elite strength, athleticism and length, and offers NFL teams a versatile chess piece who can play anywhere along the line. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder and his freakish skill-set, is most likely a top-3 pick in this year's draft.
Feb 20 - 2:48 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports "I’m not hearing good things about" USC TE Randall Telfer.

"Dating back to the NFLPA game I was told the tight end is out of shape and does not seem serious about the pre-draft process," Pauline wrote. This report is very interesting. Telfer pulled out of the NFLPA Bowl citing a foot injury he incurred in a bowl win over Nebraska. Has a severe foot injury forced him out of the gym this winter? Or, as this report suggests, is Telfer loafing through the process? As a Trojan, Telfer caught 65 passes for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns across four seasons.
Feb 19 - 5:37 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Washington's Marcus Peters and USC's Josh Shaw are better in press-man coverage rather than off-man coverage.

An important dispatch for defensive coordinators employing aggressive schemes. Peters' on-field skills are well known, but Shaw is a little more of a mystery after a suspension stole most of his 2014 campaign. He can play either corner or safety. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder's versatility is so lauded that Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke thinks Shaw could wind up in a "Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role" in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 12:58 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that the Titans are "in a position to take the best football player available" and mocked them USC DL Leonard Williams at No. 2.

"I am not convinced Tennessee will be compelled to take Marcus Mariota here just because they aren't convinced that, say, Zach Mettenberger's development is still an open question," Kiper wrote. "This is a team that went backwards in multiple areas in 2014, and unless you believe Mariota comes in and is able to make you better in 2015, I think you're in a position to take the best football player available. Williams has the potential to be a force early in his career, make your defensive line better against both the run and the pass, bring scheme versatility and make other players around him better. If Winston is available, he becomes an option, and trading down is certainly one if there's a team who that wants Mariota. But Williams makes sense." ESPN.com's Steve Muench recently compared Williams to Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett. We've also heard Williams compared to J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour.
Feb 11 - 8:21 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein says USC RB Javorius "Buck" Allen can "cut on a dime."

"Most see him as an early third-day pick," added College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Allen will be hoping to impress in the drills at the combine. In doing so, he could move into the second-day discussion." The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, who has drawn comparisons to Tennessee Titans' Bishop Sankey, rushed for 1,489 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, adding 41 receptions for 458 yards and a score.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 8:54 PM

One NFC South scout tells NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein, that USC junior WR Nelson Agholor is "good value in the middle rounds," because of his "return-game potential."

"Right off the bat, his draft value has a ceiling because he's a slot receiver," the scout told Lance Zierlein. "At least that is how I see it. I don't think he has the speed to get open outside. He's a good value in the middle rounds, though, because of his return-game potential." Agholor brings some versatility with his skill-set, as the accomplished returner returned four punts for scores in his three seasons at USC. Cody Kessler’s favorite target recorded 104 receptions for 1313 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Trojans last season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 3:43 PM

USC DL Leonard Williams might skip bench press testing at the NFL Scouting Combine due to shoulder problems.

"That's one of the things I have been contemplating whether I am doing or not at the combine," Williams said. "I've had labrum tears in both of my shoulders, and I have not been able to do as much upper-body (work) as I have wanted to. But since (I) have been here, (my bench-press weight) has been going up. Depending on how I feel at the end of training here I'll make a decision." One could take this news one of two ways. An optimist would say this development is irrelevant, as Williams absolutely dominated college football this season despite shoulder issues. A pessimist would be spooked that Williams isn't over his shoulder problems.
Feb 9 - 10:39 PM

USC redshirt sophomore CB Devian Shelton is prepared to transfer to a different program.

Shelton was widely regarded as a four-star recruit by many scouting services, but earned very little playing time.
Feb 8 - 3:59 PM

No. 41 overall recruit DE Rasheem Green signed with USC.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Gardena Serra defensive lineman was ranked 41st among ESPN's top 300 recruits and is listed as the eighth-best defensive tackle. Before signing with USC, Green considered signing with Oregon, Miami and Arizona State. Green joins a list of other Serra standouts that have joined the USC family. Former Trojans wideouts Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, and George Farmer, as well as, current USC QB Jalen Greene, CB Adoree’ Jackson, and LB Olajuwon Tucker have played for the Southern California powerhouse.
Source: Rivals.com
Feb 6 - 2:02 PM

No. 56 overall recruit ILB John Houston Jr. signed with USC.

The 6-foot-3, 207-pounder became the Trojans' fourth four- or five-star linebacker. "Houston is a strong, high-effort player with a good run support skill set and size at the LB position," Houston's scouting report read. "A versatile football player who should also provide value on special teams at the next level. Houston has a lot of untapped ability with his frame and athleticism. He brings nice intangibles as well like toughness and versatility." Houston was the No. 1 inside 'backer in the class.
Feb 6 - 12:28 AM


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