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USC sophomore S Su'a Cravens "doesn't have the man cover skills to match up with quicker slot receivers, but his length and instincts help mask his lack of ideal fluidity," wrote Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

"At 6-1 and 225 pounds, Cravens is a hybrid safety/linebacker who frequently lines up close to the line of scrimmage where he uses his hands to keep bigger blockers off his frame as a run-defender," they wrote. "He also shows good closing speed in rushing the quarterback, as he displayed against Utah." Cravens has attractive physical tools, but, as Muench and Weidl note, his game has deficiencies and he's struggled to stay healthy over the past few years. Fortunately, he has two seasons of eligibility remaining to answer lingering questions.
Dec 19 - 11:41 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Trojan football team at their annual awards banquet Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams has 71 tackles, with 8.5 for losses with 6 sacks on his 2014 resume. The USC prospect leads the team in forced fumbles (3) along with 3 deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery. The USC prospect has been compared to the likes of, J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour, and has been talked about as a potential Top-5 pick.
Dec 18 - 2:15 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes "another year with Trojans wide receivers coach Tee Martin could do wonders" for USC junior WR Nelson Agholor.

"Agholor has the size and is playing at a high level," Davis wrote. "He's a great technician and hard worker, too. I still think there's room for him to help himself at the college level going up against Pac-12 competition, though. He faces good talent every day in practice at USC and could really vault himself up the board with another year of seasoning." While this isn't the best receiving draft class, Davis is probably right in his assessment. Agholor, a skilled prospect who has slapped down 97 catches for 1,223 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, could make a case for Round 1 if he returns to school. If he declared, Day 2 is the best-case scenario.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 1:27 AM

USC redshirt junior DT Antwaun Woods is expected to miss the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 against Nebraska.

The reason for the absence is a bit hazy at the moment, though we can make an educated guess that it involves the pectoral muscle injury he suffered on Saturday in practice. He underwent surgery Tuesday and posted the following on social media shortly thereafter: "Fresh outta surgery, I told Coach I'm ready to play, I got too much heart for this (expletive)! I promise I'll be back even stronger than before! #FightOn."
Dec 17 - 6:31 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper expects USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler to return to school.

Kessler requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board last week. "Nobody has had a quietly better year than Kessler, but I expect him to be back at USC, which is huge for Steve Sarkisian," Kiper wrote. "He'll be deep at QB, that's for sure." Kiper ranks Kessler as the No. 7 draft-eligible signal-caller. An evaluator speaking with the OC Register last week said Kessler is a fourth-round prospect and cited a lack of "elite" physical traits.
Dec 17 - 4:35 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams is considered "a lock" to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.

Getlin notes Williams has been "hedging" on his decision, but it seems to be practically set in stone. It would be a major shock if Williams decided to stay even before this update. Many view Williams a top five lock, but he does have issues getting off the line of scrimmage in a timely manner.
Dec 16 - 1:09 PM

USC redshirt senior ILB Hayes Pullard has accepted his Senior Bowl invitation.

The 6-foot-1, 235 pound Pullard, has recorded a team-high 87 tackles on the year, with 5 1/2 for losses. The USC prospect also has one interception on the season. Pullard was a four year starter and team captain for the Trojans, and was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award this year.
Dec 9 - 2:52 PM

USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

We think he's probably already made up his mind to leave. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reported last month that it's "very likely" Allen will enter the draft. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, who has drawn comparisons to Tennessee Titans' Bishop Sankey, doesn't have much left to prove at this level. He rushed for 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns this season, and also had 40 receptions.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 9 - 1:16 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

"Any junior will tell you: You want to … hear all your options to make the best decision," said Kessler. "How this year went kind of set me up, bumped me up, helped me out a lot. But at the end of the day … I haven’t even sat down and really thought about it." Kessler, who has thrown 36 touchdown passes and only four interceptions this year, has maintained throughout the season that he'll return to school, but it doesn't hurt to learn how the NFL values you. We think he'll be told to return to school, as it would be shocking if the board graded Kessler as a Rd. 2-or-better prospect. An evaluator speaking to the OC Register said Kessler is a fourth-round prospect and cited a lack of "elite" physical traits.
Dec 9 - 12:08 AM

USC junior C Max Tuerk announced that he's coming back to school in 2015.

"Wants to get his degree and 'win a national championship,'" reported Michael Lev of the Orange County Register. This is outstanding news for the Trojans, as Tuerk is one of college football's best interior lineman. NFL Media's Charles Davis suggested on a recent FOX broadcast that Tuerk could slide to right tackle if he returns to school. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk can also play guard.
Dec 7 - 3:16 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler is "open to possibility of declaring for NFL draft," reports Michael Lev of the Orange County Register.

"Exploring his options," Lev tweeted. "Getting eval. No decisions till after bowl." It would certainly be an interesting decision by a prospect who is extremely unlikely to hear his name called on even Day 2. That said, we like Kessler, who is accurate, efficient, functionally mobile, and tough. It's just that he's also small, doesn't have a strong arm to get the ball downfield, and doesn't have the velocity to always fit the balls into tight windows. He's been compared to signal-callers like Brian Hoyer and Aaron Murray. If he declares, Kessler would be a solid Day 3 pick. Because of his weaknesses, it's doubtful that returning to school is going to aid his stock much. Previously, Kessler has told the media he'll return for his final season of eligibility. Stay tuned.
Dec 7 - 2:49 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams has been named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top defensive end.

The other 5 finalists are Missouri's Shane Ray, Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, Clemson's Vic Beasley, Utah's Nate Orchard and Ohio State's Joey Bosa. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams has 71 tackles, with 8.5 for losses with 6 sacks on his 2014 resume. The USC prospect leads the team in forced fumbles (3) along with 3 deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery. Williams is a superb physical specimen and has been compared to the likes of, J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour.
Dec 4 - 3:16 PM

USC freshman CB Adoree' Jackson was named Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Jackson, a five-star recruit, lived up to expectations immediately. Not only was he a standout corner, often tasked with lining up across the opposition's best receiver, but Jackson himself also played some receiver, and was the Trojans’ kick return man, ranking fourth in the nation in return average (27.7). Jackson is two years away from NFL eligibility, but will be earning a living on Sundays very soon.
Dec 2 - 10:43 PM

USC senior DE/OLB J.R Tavai "plays with a great motor and is really strong," wrote NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

Despite playing for a high-profile program, Tavai flies under the radar, thanks to the stars around him. Don't forget about the versatile defender, however. Tavai had 3.5 sacks, another tackle for loss and a forced fumble against Notre Dame on Saturday. "He projects as a mid-round draft pick, and don't be surprised if goes on to have a long NFL career as a role player/special-teamer," Jeremiah wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 1 - 6:30 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes USC junior C Max Tuerk is a "versatile player with good size, toughness and strength."

Tuerk, who shifted to center this year to replace third-rounder Marcus Martin, had an impressive showing over the weekend against Notre Dame. "My NFL Media colleague Charles Davis hinted on the FOX broadcast of the game that Tuerk could slide to right tackle if he returns for his senior season," Jeremiah wrote. "He's played all over the line during his career, but that could be his best spot."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 1 - 6:16 PM


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