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Steelers selected USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Smith-Schuster (6’1/215) was the go-to guy for Sam Darnold and Cody Kessler at USC, logging a career 213/3,092/25 (14.5 YPR) receiving line in only three years before turning pro. Absurdly young coming out, Smith-Schuster won’t turn 21 until late November and is over three years younger than fellow 2016 prospect Cooper Kupp. On college tape, Smith-Schuster doesn’t wow as a dynamic separator or post-catch dominator, but he plays with a smooth, collected savvy and demonstrates a knack for making difficult plays in traffic. He ran a respectable 4.54 forty with a 10-foot broad jump in Indy. Not yet at his athletic peak, Smith-Schuster likely offers a higher long-term upside than initially meets the eye.
Apr 28 - 9:34 PM

Titans selected USC CB Adoree' Jackson with the No. 18 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Jackson (5’10/186) was a jack of many trades for the Trojans, scoring eight return TDs, six more at receiver, and intercepting six passes with three forced fumbles at cornerback. He won the 2016 Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. Jackson is experienced shadowing No. 1 wideouts, and also ran track at USC. He showed unsurprisingly well at the Combine, blazing 4.42 with a respectable 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Jackson is a smallish gambler who may best project to the slot, but his twitchy athleticism, natural ball skills, and versatility should earn him early playing time. He'll be an immediate contributor in the return game.
Apr 27 - 10:24 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes USC WR Juju Smith-Schuster could sneak into Round 1.

A favorite of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, Smith-Schuster hasn't been as well received by the draft media as a whole as he reportedly has been by the NFL. Smith-Schuster said recently that the Cowboys and Rams have shown the most interest in him. Dallas conveniently picks at the end of Round 1, while the Rams could easily enough trade into Day 1 if they felt motivated to do so.
Apr 27 - 2:08 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Cowboys are targeting USC CB Adoree' Jackson with their first-round pick.

Sitting at pick No. 28, the Cowboys are squarely in the projected draft sweet zone for Jackson. According to Pauline, they are also intrigued by Clemson's Cordrea Tankersly, who could be a Day 2 option for them should Jackson either have already flown off the board or they instead opt to take a first-round pass-rusher. Along with the Cowboys, the Texans, Eagles, Browns, Bucs and Titans reportedly all had visits with Jackson during the draft process.
Apr 24 - 6:08 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said that USC T Zach Banner is "just lazy."

"He is gigantic. He could just play from being big. But he’s an underachiever. He’s slow-moving but you can get away with that if you’re as big as he is. He just doesn’t give you effort," the scout said of the 6-foot-8, 353-pounder (Banner had hoped to check in at the Combine in the 330s weight-wise, something that did not come to pass). Another evaluator floated the possibility that "[m]aybe one of those teams that puts a premium on size will take him." Banner is a probable Day 3 selection for this weekend's draft.
Apr 24 - 3:22 PM

USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster believes the Cowboys and Rams have shown the most interest in him during the draft process.

JuJu was one of two offensive prospects to visit the Cowboys out of their 30 allotted visits. Smith-Schuster seems to be well liked by the NFL in comparison to media evaluators. He is one of the youngest prospects in this class and posted a ton of production in 2015. However, his game fizzled after that.
Apr 24 - 8:14 AM

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


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