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USC junior DL Leonard Williams said, "I might come back just to beat [UCLA]."

After the Trojans were dominated on Saturday by the Bruins, Williams fell to 0-3 against USC's crosstown rivals. Consider his quote a fun venting of frustration, because it would be a stunner if the projected top-5 pick returned. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently compared Williams to former Patriots All-Pro Richard Seymour, and he's also been likened to J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy. "Before I went in there, I thought this guy had a lot of hype. When I saw him, I thought he is the real deal," one scout told Sports Illustrated. "He's got a great body, quick off the ball. He did have that shoulder surgery, so he's a little bit behind strength-wise, but he still has plenty of strength. He's got tremendous upside."
Nov 26 - 8:14 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that it's "very likely" USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen will enter the draft.

"Over the past 48 hours several sources tell me chances range from very likely to an absolute Javorius Allen/RB/USC enters the draft," Pauline tweeted. The USC prospect recently had 60 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries during Saturday's 38-20 loss to UCLA. With the great season Allen has had, combined with his rushing/receiving ability, Allen will be looked at closely come the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Allen has drawn comparisons to Tennessee Titans' Bishop Sankey.
Nov 26 - 2:29 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler "is reminiscent to former Georgia QB Aaron Murray as a NFL prospect," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Kessler was able to show functional mobility in the pocket as his offensive line didn't do him many favors, but his lack of arm strength and velocity were also evident. A junior who is expected to return to school, Kessler is reminiscent to former Georgia QB Aaron Murray as a NFL prospect," Brugler wrote. The USC prospect recently completed 22 of 34 attempts for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 38-20 loss to UCLA. Brugler adds that Kessler "showed his limitations against the Bruins, struggling to push the ball downfield on throws over 15 yards."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 25 - 3:55 PM

USC redshirt sophomore OT Zach Banner "looked awful" against UCLA on Saturday, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Indeed, it was an ugly game for Banner's evaluation, temporarily halting his draft hype. Banner was frequently beat by upstart UCLA left defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa, who not only beat him with speed, but with power. Shocking, that, because Banner is 6-foot-8, 350 pounds and outweighed the defender by 70 pounds. "Two weeks ago I reported sources saying Banner, a redshirt sophomore, was considering the draft," Pauline wrote. "After his performance against UCLA the NFL should be the furthest thing from his mind. Banner looked awful and was exploited all game by defensive lineman who ran over him and defensive backs that ran past him on the blitz. He’s a big bodied blocker who shows little in the way of technique, balance or coordination."
Nov 25 - 1:44 AM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams looked like a top-5 pick in the UCLA game even though he didn't record a sack, according to Pro Football Focus.

Though he didn't have a sack, Williams recorded three knockdowns and two hurries in his 25 pass rushing snaps. His performance was graded at +4.8 by the website. "Williams is the stud of this unit and talked about as a potential Top-5 pick," wrote Sam Monson. "He looked that in this game even if he didn’t have a sack. Was a force against the run all game long." Williams is a superb physical specimen at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds who has been compared to, among others, J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour.
Nov 24 - 10:49 PM

USC freshman OT Toa Lobendahn was given a horrid -8.2 game score by Pro Football Focus for his work in Saturday's loss to UCLA.

Lobendahn and his teammates had no answers for UCLA's defensive front, led by DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa. The freshman took plenty of heat for his performance, but, in truth, the blame should go to USC's coaches, who either haven't recruited or coached their OL well enough to prevent them from having to move a true freshman OG (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) into the starting LT slot. "This game showed how out of his depth he is at that position with so little experience," wrote Sam Monson.
Nov 24 - 10:35 PM

Pro Football Focus gave USC freshman CB Adoree' Jackson a +3.0 game score for his performance against UCLA on Saturday.

The precocious Jackson played well even as his secondary mates struggled, leading to broken coverages. "Josh Shaw may have made his return in this game but it was Jackson who saw the most snaps of any of the USC cornerbacks and rewarded them with an impressive performance, breaking up a couple of passes," wrote Sam Monson. In fact, Jackson led the Trojans’ defense with 76 snaps, tied with Hayed Pullard and Su’a Cravens. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Jackson, a five-star recruit, is also a track and field star who previously hoped to participate in the long jump in the 2016 Olympics.
Nov 24 - 10:21 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor was held to three catches for 24 yards in Saturday's 38-20 loss to UCLA.

An altogether forgettable day for the junior, who officially tallied -5 yards across four punt returns. Agholor would probably like to play out a pyromaniac's fantasy on this game film, but the tape is already in scouts' cans. An NFL scout told the LA Times last week that Agholor would make for a perfect No. 3 NFL receiver.
Nov 24 - 8:23 PM

USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen had 60 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries during Saturday's 38-20 loss to UCLA.

UCLA negated Allen's effectiveness on the ground, but Buck was able to collect seven receptions for 42 yards as Cody Kessler's safety valve. Earlier this month, Allen was informed that he's an official candidate for the Heisman Trophy award. That talk has died down with consecutive 60-yard efforts. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Allen has drawn comparisons to Bishop Sankey.
Nov 24 - 8:10 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that scouts believe USC junior C Max Tuerk "is not strong enough for the NFL and needs another year in college to physically mature."

"Many area scouts like Tuerk’s athleticism and upside but believe he’s not strong enough for the NFL and needs another year in college to physically mature," Pauline writes. In July, the 6-foot-6, 285 pound Tuerk was ESPN's Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen offensive guard prospects. Pauline notes that even though Tuerk "is heavily considering the draft," he believes the USC prospect "should head the advice of scouts" before "making a final decision."
Nov 24 - 4:04 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams "was every bit as dominant as expected" on Saturday against UCLA, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang and colleague Dane Brugler each project Williams as the No. 1 overall pick in this spring's draft. Despite facing constant double teams, Williams recorded a sack and forced a fumble. Because he drew so much attention, his defensive line mates often had open lanes to get into the backfield. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams could be an NFL star from Day 1.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 23 - 11:48 PM

USC redshirt sophomore OT Zach Banner "is so gifted he's already generating buzz as a potential early entry into the NFL, perhaps as soon as 2015," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Last week, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Zach Banner is "giving serious thought" to entering the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-8, 350-pound son of former Raider Lincoln Kennedy is a former elite recruit. On Saturday, Banner's hype train stalled, as he had all sorts of problems with UCLA left defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa, who "frequently stood up Banner at the line of scrimmage," wrote Rang. "While certainly imposing, it takes Banner an extra half-second to get all that mass moving," the analyst noted.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 23 - 11:33 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 22 of 34 attempts for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 38-20 loss to UCLA.

USC's offensive line was in shambles the entire game. Kessler is not overly athletic but has functional mobility in a Mark Sanchez type of way. He was forced to make a lot of shorter throws thanks to frequent pressure in the pocket, but he did escape and elongate some passing downs to convert longer targets. Kessler is not expected to declare this season, but we like his prospects for next year.
Nov 23 - 11:17 AM

The LA Times spoke with one NFL scout who believes USC junior Nelson Agholor is a perfect No. 3 WR.

The scout adds " slot receiver, and return specialist" to Agholor's projection. The evaluator highlighted slot targets who can win over the middle, find windows in zone, separate versus man, and the run after the catch. "He's got some of that to him," the scout concluded. Unless a number of USC eligibles return for one final season, expect Agholor to declare for this spring's draft.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 9:38 AM

One NFL scout called USC junior DL Leonard Williams "the real deal" after watching him in person.

"He's got a great body, quick off the ball. He did have that shoulder surgery, so he's a little bit behind strength-wise, but he still has plenty of strength," the scout said. "He's got tremendous upside, and he's definitely a consideration for that top pick." He then highlighted the Arizona tape as the one to watch. We are not saying he is a comparable prospect skill wise, but look for Williams to play a J.J. Watt type role for an NFL team.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 8:49 AM


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