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NFL Media ranks USC true freshman CB Iman Marshall as the No. 15 impact freshmen in the nation.

"Marshall's versatility will help him see the field right away," Bryan Fischer wrote. "He's best suited to play safety, but likely will play as a nickel corner first while filling in quite nicely for the departed Nelson Agholor on kick returns." USC, of course, is one of college football's most aggressive users of two-way players. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound is extremely skilled, so it wouldn't be surprising if the Trojan coaches found him some part-time offensive work.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 11:27 PM

USC redshirt freshman QB Jalen Greene has moved from quarterback to wide receiver, according to USC beat writer Ryan Abraham.

The quarterback position is loaded at the moment, with Cody Kessler the clear-cut starter this season and Max Browne locking down the No.2 spot. Ricky Town and Sam Darnold will look to compete in the future at the position. With the WR depth not as strong as the QB depth, Greene will have an opportunity to make an impact right away. During player-run practices this winter, Greene played both positions and was impressive at wide receiver.
Source: Scout.com
May 20 - 3:05 PM

Regarding USC junior S Su'a Cravens, NFL Media notes that there "could be some Shaq Thompson-like intrigue as to whether pro scouts see him as a strong safety or an outside linebacker at the next level."

"Is he a linebacker? Is he a safety? Who cares?," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "Cravens is a joy to watch no matter how you define him -- a playmaking rover who can be a headache to offensive coordinators either in coverage or in the offensive backfield. ... Cravens will be the lynchpin for the Trojans' defense this season." Cravens has 120 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups over the past two seasons.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 9:44 PM

USC junior S Su'a Cravens "is extremely athletic, has good speed and excellent range," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

The analyst ranks him as the No. 13 prospect in the nation. Cravens has 120 tackles, 18.5 for a loss, five sacks, seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups over the past two seasons. "At 6-1/225 he has showed the ability to make plays all over the field for USC since day one as a Trojan," Newberg wrote. "He's played both strong safety and linebacker and projects best in the secondary because of his size. This player is extremely athletic, has good speed and excellent range." ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Cravens as the No. 24 prospect in the class.
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 12:02 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked USC junior S Su'a Cravens as the No. 24 prospect overall on his first Big Board of 2016.

"The Kam Chancellor of college football, Cravens brings a 225-pound frame to the safety position that allows him to drop into coverage or look dominant near the line of scrimmage and into the backfield," Kiper wrote. "Check out the 17 tackles for loss. He has played in 26 games in his first two seasons and could have a special junior season." Cravens has two seasons of eligibility remaining. We'd like to see him stay healthy and productive this year.
May 16 - 7:50 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay slotted USC senior C Max Tuerk to the Seahawks at No. 32 in a 2016 mock draft.

"Tuerk possesses excellent versatility, having started games at left tackle as a true freshman before starting the full season at left guard in 2013 and the full season at center in 2014," he wrote. Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Tuerk going in Round 1 in his own exercise. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk was Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen OG prospect last season. Rang pegs Tuerk as the No. 9 senior prospect in the NCAA.
May 15 - 10:39 PM

USC sophomore TE Bryce Dixon is no longer attending the school.

In March, it was reported Dixon was involved in a "student conduct issue." Beat writer Scott Wolf now adds that incident "involved (a) female student." Dixon had a clear path to the starting lineup with Randall Telfer jumping to the NFL and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick's academic future uncertain.
May 15 - 9:51 AM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura writes that USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler is the Pac-12's best Heisman candidate.

Bovada pegs Kessler at 12-to-1 odds to win the trophy, while Utah RB Devontae Booker, the conference's other obvious candidate, isn't even on the board at present moment. "Losing Nelson Agholor will hurt, but with arguably the nation's best offensive line in front of him and more-than-enough capable playmakers to get the ball to, he'll have the stats again to be in the mix," Bonagura wrote. "What it will come down to -- for any player, really -- is winning, which again tips the scales in Kessler's favor." Amongst Pac-12 candidates, Bovada also lists UCLA's Paul Perkins (20/1), Oregon's Royce Freeman (28/1), Arizona State's D.J. Foster (40/1), Arizona's Nick Wilson (40/1), Cal's Jared Goff (50/1) and Scooby Wright (66/1).
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 8:07 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay mocked USC junior S Su'a Cravens to the Eagles at No. 19.

"The Eagles need to continue to improve their secondary, and we know how much Chip Kelly likes Pac-12 players," he wrote. "Cravens has the size (6-1, 225 pounds) of an in-the-box safety who can also play some weakside linebacker. He has trouble covering the quickest slot receivers, but he can hold up in coverage for the most part because of his length and instincts." In his own mock draft, Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Cravens going in Round 1. Cravens would have to renounce his collegiate eligibility after this coming season to be eligible for the draft.
May 14 - 6:24 PM

USC senior C Max Tuerk "showed rare athleticism in his switch to center and should prove more consistent in 2015," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Tuerk kicked inside from left tackle, sort of like Cam Erving. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk was Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen OG prospect last season. Rang pegs Tuerk as the No. 9 senior prospect in the NCAA.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 9:02 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler No. 2 to the Browns in his first 2016 mock draft.

It's an extremely aggressive evaluation, but we like his intangibles and consistency. "Of the quarterbacks in first round contention (at this time), Kessler easily was the most consistent in terms of positive performances," Norris wrote. "His arm is not outstanding, but he certainly has functional mobility and a willingness to work through reads." ESPN's Todd McShay didn't put Kessler into the first round in his preliminary mock draft. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler is an early frontrunner for the Heisman trophy.
Source: Rotoworld
May 10 - 8:26 PM

Cowboys signed USC WR George Farmer to a contract that includes $55,000 guaranteed.

The $55K is exorbitant for a UDFA and suggests a surprisingly hot market. Farmer (6'1/220) entered USC as a five-star recruit, but fell short of expectations and endured an injury-riddled redshirt junior campaign before surprisingly turning pro. He finished his college career with just 30 catches for 363 yards and four TDs. Farmer put himself on the NFL map by running 4.35 at the Trojans' Pro Day, though he reportedly dropped a ton of passes in positional drills. Purely a H/W/S project, Farmer has Greg Little written all over him.
May 6 - 8:51 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes USC senior C Max Tuerk "offers great versatility and athleticism -- traits Chip Kelly requires on his O-line."

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tuerk is is going on his fourth year as a starter for USC. The USC prospect was recruited to play tackle, but has started at center the last two years for the Trojans. Tuerk offers great value with his ability to play center, guard and tackle at the next level. Tuerk was ESPN's Mel Kiper's top ranked underclassmen offensive guard prospects last year.
Source: CBS Sports
May 6 - 4:03 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper grades the Jets as having an "A-" draft and writes that "the Jets front office had a great draft."

Kiper believes New York got the best overall player in the draft at No. 6 in USC DL Leonard Williams. "I know some fans might have wanted Kevin White at No. 6, but the Jets added a big-play threat at WR in Round 2 with Devin Smith," he added. The analyst also liked the way New York maneuvered around the board and praised the additions of QB Bryce Petty, OLB Lorenzo Mauldin and G Jarvis Harrison. To boot, Brandon Marshall and Zac Stacy, acquired for picks, were included in the draft grade.
May 4 - 9:03 PM

The Eagles had a "B+" draft and "hit a couple home runs," in the estimation of ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Nelson Agholor to me just screams 'high floor,'" wrote Kiper. "He's a great route runner, plucks the ball out away from his body, has the proven toughness of a return man -- you should hear [Bill] Polian talk about that -- and is sneaky explosive." The analyst called getting Eric Rowe at No. 47 overall "a steal." Kiper really liked the value of Kansas CB JaCorey Shepherd in Round 6.
May 3 - 6:56 PM


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