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An anonymous NFL scout says he likes USC C Max Tuerk "over [Ryan] Kelly but [Tuerk] really had a bad injury."

"He can pull and do all kinds of things," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But he's really a slight built guy." Tuerk blew out his ACL in October. Another scout told the publication that Tuerk's weight fell all the way to the 260s in September. "He has pumped up to 296 or whatever but I don't know how much of that is real weight," another scout said. "When he goes to training camp does he end up being a 280-pound center? I can't think of any 280-pound centers." Tuerk does have the center class' biggest hands (nearly 11 inches) and some believe he has five-position versatility. "Really a big-time athlete," said a third scout. "He's (Alex) Mack, the same type of guy. He is so quick and so athletic. Somebody told me he might be too tall for center and I said, 'You've got to be kidding me?'"
Apr 27 - 4:03 PM

The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson relays that USC LB/S Su'a Cravens is under consideration as a possible first-rounder.

Among the teams that Wilson tabbed as potential interested parties for Cravens' services, the New England Patriots, Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline likewise sees the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder as a first-rounder, believing that he will either be selected by a team near the end of the first round, or potentially, could be selected by a team trading back into first.
Apr 25 - 9:31 PM

USC QB Cody Kessler has visited the Chargers, Saints, Browns and Lions.

"Could go a lot earlier than expected," NFL.com's Ian Rapaport added. That could mean a third or fourth round call for Kessler. If that happens, it'll be an overdraft.
Apr 19 - 9:50 PM

According to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys had their choice of quarterbacks to coach at the Senior Bowl and chose USC QB Kody Kessler.

While the Cowboys have drawn big headlines at times in the possibility they might draft a quarterback at No. 4, it is far, far more likely they grab a quarterback like Kessler in the later rounds. We aren't particularly keen on Kessler as an eventual NFL starter, but he could develop into a dependable backup. This offseason, he has been working to improve his accuracy on deep passes. Fellow mid-to-late-round signal-caller Dak Prescott is visiting the Cowboys on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 1:03 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner noted that USC C Max Tuerk is "the best center in this class at locating linebackers on the move, whether it be pulling or at the second level."

"Any team that utilizes the center pulling to the edge heavily should be pushing Tuerk above [Michigan State's Jack] Allen and [Duke's Matt] Skura simply because he’s so adept at [locating linebackers]," Renner wrote. There are complications beyond talent here, though, as the 6-foot-5, 298-pound Tuerk has been sidelined by a torn knee ligament suffered in early October and has not been healthy enough to take part in the majority of the pre-draft process. "Unfortunately," PFF's Renner concluded, "the ACL injury makes his evaluation a tad difficult, as he wasn’t near the same player his junior year [as he was in his abbreviated senior year]."
Apr 17 - 1:45 PM

Southern California named Lynn Swann athletic director.

Swann will take over for Pat Haden when Haden's retirement takes place on June 30. Swann, once a star receiver for the Trojans, follows Haden (a former quarterback) and Mike Garrett (a Heisman Trophy-winning halfback) in becoming the third consecutive former player to be named USC AD. Swann is best known as a four-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 13 - 6:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that it's 50-50 at this point what position USC LB/S Su'a Cravens will play in the NFL.

This is interesting, because we'd seen, with regards to that question, the tide turn from linebacker to safety in recent weeks. "Most of the insiders I speak with feel Cravens compares favorably to Deone Bucannon of the Arizona Cardinals and believe the USC junior is best suited for the same 'moneybacker' position Bucannon plays," Pauline wrote. $LB -- as it's actually cited in the depth chart -- is basically a hybrid safety/linebacker position focusing on the run that Cravens would be perfect for. "Cravens is likely to end up in the late part of round one as a team in the 20s could select him or another franchise may trade up from the early part of round two to acquire his services," Pauline wrote.
Apr 11 - 7:44 PM

USC LB/S Su'a Cravens is receiving "a lot of Deone Bucannon comparisons," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

We've also heard this one throughout the process. Not only does Cravens want to play safety in the NFL, but it appears that the NFL is beginning to look at him as just that. Cravens will visit the Falcons and Lions this week. Both of those teams need safety help.
Apr 11 - 3:26 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that the Ravens have strong interest in USC LB/S Su'a Cravens.

"I was told last week the [Ravens] love Su’a Cravens," Pauline wrote, "hence he could be the target if they trade down [from the No. 6 pick]." The analyst was hearing much scuttlebutt of a potential move-back by the Ravens during the NFL Scouting Combine. He has also heard that the Panthers have "scary interest" in the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder. While he could play either safety or linebacker at the next level, Cravens indicated in mid-March that most teams are viewing him as a safety. That works well enough -- he told NBC Sports' Mike Florio that he wants to play safety in the NFL.
Apr 10 - 2:43 PM

USC LB Su'a Cravens will visit the Falcons and Lions after his trip to the Saints concludes.

Cravens declined any private workouts during the process, citing too much interest. Therefore, teams will need Cravens in for an official visit for any kind of pre-draft meeting outside of what has already happened at the NFL Combine and USC's pro day. Cravens has made it clear he prefers playing safety, however his athletic testing for the position is well below average and he filled a linebacker role last season.
Apr 5 - 9:12 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein noted that USC LB/S Su'a Cravens is "a fearless playmaker who is always into something."

While Zierlein doesn't include Cravens outright in his "defensive steals" rundown, he wrote that should the USC standout fall to the third round or later due to his Pro Day testing, he would make that cut. "The team that takes Cravens will know it stole one by the time OTAs are over," he concluded. One of the reasons the analyst suspects a possible slide is that the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder's Pro Day test results simply weren't overwhelming. At Pro Day, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds, notched a vertical jump of 30 1/2 inches and worked a three-cone drill time of 6.92 seconds. ESPN's David Bowen is reporting that scouting evaluations regarding the tweener safety/linebacker are "all over the board."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 3:13 PM

The NCAA has denied USC senior LB Scott Felix's appeal for taking a banned substance.

Felix was suspended late in the 2015 campaign after he tested positive for a banned substance. His hope had been that the NCAA would uphold his appeal and allow him to finish out his college career as a senior in 2016. That did not occur, though, ending Felix's collegiate playing days. According to a statement released by the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder via the university, the positive test came about due to a supplement purchased over-the-counter at a nutrition store. Said Felix, "We are educated on these topics here at USC so that something like this never happens, and I hope that it never will again. While this mistake was not done on purpose, I take full responsibility for my actions." Of note, while Felix's playing career might be done, he is not leaving USC and remains in school with the intent of graduating with a theater major.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 2 - 1:41 PM

USC HC Clay Helton indicated that redshirt junior DL Kenny Bigelow underwent successful knee surgery on Thursday.

Bigelow tore the ACL in his right knee during practice last Thursday. With his surgery just before the start of April, he is expected to miss the entirety of the 2016 campaign. Said HC Helton, "It seems like it went well. We look forward to getting him rehabbed and wish him a speedy recovery." He referred to the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder as "such a mentally strong kid."
Apr 2 - 1:14 PM

ESPN's David Bowen reports that NFL scouts are "all over the board" on USC LB/S Su'a Cravens.

Some scouts give Cravens a hard pass because of his tweener profile. Others see a difference maker at 4-3 Will LB because Cravens can excel in space in today's NFL. Others see Cravens as a new age safety capable of moving into the box on running downs. "The key with a guy like Cravens: The game plan needs to cater to his versatility," Bowen wrote. "Move him around the front to blitz in the interior gaps, let him fly off the edge or have him match a tight end. Remember, he's not a fit for every team in the league. And that will impact his overall draft stock."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 4:16 PM

USC defender Su'a Cravens told Mike Florio he wants to play S in the NFL.

Cravens admitted it doesn't matter where he wants to play, that it is up to the team who drafts him to determine that. Speaking of teams, Cravens mentioned he is visiting the Saints, Lions and Raiders, and likely the Dolphins and Bills too. We are a bit surprised that Cravens hopes to play safety, as he played linebacker last year, and one close to the line of scrimmage at that. He tested like a below average athlete at linebacker, so his safety numbers are even worse. However, to his credit, Cravens maximizes the tools he has and plays with an aggressive mentality. He ranks as Josh Norris' No. 51 prospect.
Source: NBC Sports
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