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The MMQB's Andy Benoit was impressed by USC DL Leonard Williams' fundamentals when breaking down his tape.

Benoit astutely points out Williams is not the caliber of athlete that some say he is. We have written that Williams, who is 20 years old, tested like an average athlete for his position. But, Williams does win with length, strength hand use and "fundamentals," as Benoit notes. Be sure to click the link for a detailed breakdown.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 25 - 1:58 PM

Former Oklahoma senior TE Taylor McNamara transferred to USC.

As a graduate transfer, McNamara is immediately eligible to play for the Trojans. It's something of a homecoming, as McNamara came to Norman from San Diego’s Westview High School. The move is no surprise and it looks like a good fit. The former four-star recruit appeared in only 11 career games at Oklahoma, starting one and posting a mere four-yard catch across his collegiate tenure. On the other side of the transaction, USC's three returning tight ends have three career catches for 16 yards.
Mar 25 - 2:33 AM

USC DL Leonard Williams "should be able to match the athleticism with the power and become a consistent Pro Bowler with a ceiling that goes even higher than that," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Williams ranks as the class' best defensive lineman, according to the analyst (and, well, everyone else). "Enormously powerful defensive lineman," Zierlein wrote. "Has the look and feel of the biggest, strongest kid on the playground but hasn't figured out how to unlock his natural gifts and consistently dominate the rest of the kids on the playground just yet. Williams can play in an odd or even front, and is able to hold the point as a two-gapper or disrupt upfield." The analyst compares Leonard Williams to Kevin Williams. He isn't the only one who thinks so. "You can't over-think this one. It doesn't matter how raw he is because he's got freakish qualities that are rare for men his size. I think he has a chance to be as good as Kevin Williams. That's his comp," said an NFC Director of Scouting.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 12:47 AM

USC RB Javorius "Buck" Allen was put through a private workout by the Panthers.

The Panthers have selected a running back on the third day each of the last two years, but neither are on the roster. Look for them to add another ball carrier in that same range, and hopefully they last more than one season on Carolina's roster.
Mar 22 - 3:37 PM

USC TE Randall Telfer is a "dedicated run blocker who is willing to scrap it out with the man across from him on each snap," observed NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Telfer checks in as Zierlein's No. 9 tight end in the class. "Telfer has average size for an NFL tight end and is unlikely to dazzle teams as a pass catcher, but his willingness and effectiveness as a run blocker could have teams looking at him as their run-blocking tight end for '12 personnel' packages," Zierlein wrote. Telfer had a relatively meager 65 catches and 12 touchdowns over the course of his career, but he does have his uses. "You can't find someone to say a negative word about him in those (USC) offices. Plays hurt, tough, leader and a good teammate," an AFC South area scout said about him. Zierlein compares him to Rhett Ellison.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 9:00 PM

USC RB Javorius "Buck" Allen is a "bigger back the Cowboys could consider late in the third round and would do well to land if he were to slip into the fourth," postulates ESPN's Steve Muench.

Allen could be a cheap and effective compliment to free-agent RB signing Darren McFadden. "There's room for improvement in terms of his reading lead blockers, but he does a nice job of reading the front five and he has a good feel for cutback lanes," Muench wrote. "There's also a lot to like about his ability to contribute on third down. He shows the ability to pluck the ball out of the air as a pass-catcher, and also shows good instincts when he gets into space. He's also an effective cut blocker in pass protection." The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, who has drawn comparisons to Tennessee Titans' Bishop Sankey, rushed for 1,489 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, adding 41 receptions for 458 yards and a score. "Allen runs behind his pads and falls forward at the end of runs, but he doesn't have great power for a bigger back, and he doesn't always run angry ... he also has to do a better job of taking care of the football," Muench wrote.
Mar 20 - 8:16 PM

NFL Media named USC DL Leonard Williams the "safest prospect in the draft."

This is pretty much the consensus opinion. "You don't get to the position of being rated the top overall prospect in the draft unless NFL scouts need a magnifying glass to find any concerns," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "He also has the versatility to play multiple spots on the defensive line, which will help him stay on the field for all three downs. If Williams isn't ready to make a difference as a rookie, nobody is." Williams could go as high as No. 2 to the Titans. If Marcus Mariota (or, we suppose, someone else) is taken in that slot, Williams isn't likely to get past the Jaguars at No. 3.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 5:05 PM

USC WR Nelson Agholor will work out for the Eagles after already taking an in-house visit.

The interest seems to be real. Six of the seven players the Eagles selected last year visited the team's headquarters and the seventh played under Chip Kelly at Oregon. Agholor shines on underneath routes and creating yards after the catch. It seems obvious the Eagles will add at least one receiver in this draft.
Mar 19 - 10:50 AM

Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin notes that USC WR Nelson Agholor is visiting with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

"Former USC WR Nelson Agholor is in Philadelphia visiting with the Eagles today. Chip Kelly's familiar with him. Recruited him to Oregon," Getlin tweeted. With the departure of WR Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles are in need of play makers at the position. The USC prospect could be seen as a slot receiver at the next level, with the ability to help out on special teams, as a return man.
Mar 16 - 2:10 PM

Commenting on USC DL Leonard Williams, NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney suggested that "anybody compared to J.J. Watt should be a top-three draft prospect."

"Williams might be a game-changer from anywhere along the front line, but seems best suited to play a five-technique end in a base 3-4," Cooney wrote. The analyst noted that the Trojan prospect's "raw athleticism, agility and strength is destructive from any position on any defensive line" and added NFL scouts compare him to Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay, No. 3, 2010). Williams could go as high as No. 2 to the Titans. "I do believe that I should be the No. 1 overall pick. At the same time it depends on what guy a team needs. Some teams need a quarterback more than others," Williams said.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 15 - 5:38 PM

The Texans will put USC CB Josh Shaw through a private workout on Monday.

Shaw's draft process has been a long one, starting with the Shrine game, then the Senior Bowl then the Combine. He more than held his own at each, including showing very good athleticism in Indy. He fits best as a press corner, but some teams might ask Shaw to convert to safety.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 11:34 AM

The Tennessee Titans "spent a lot of time" with USC DL Leonard Williams at Wednesday's pro day, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

If Pauline is to be believed about Williams' pro day workout -- he is -- the Titans brass walked away extremely impressed. "Williams was dominant in drills today," Pauline wrote on Wednesday. "He was explosive, powerful and looked very athletic. His balance and body control are exceptional." The 6-foot-5, 302-pound Williams has been compared to J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy, Richard Seymour and Calais Campbell. He's certainly in play to go No. 2 to the Titans. If he doesn't, he'll only fall a slot or two further.
Mar 13 - 9:36 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that USC OL Aundrey Walker "possesses the underlying ability to play at the next level if he puts his mind to it."

Walker clocked a 5.15 second 40 at Wednesday's pro day. "As a sophomore, Walker looked terrific at left tackle before struggling in 2013 after moving to guard," Pauline noted. The analyst wrote back in November that Walker could "fall out of the draft entirely." Why? "Several area scouts have questioned Walker’s passion for football which is disconcerting considering the ability he showed early in his career. Stamped as a middle round prospect entering the season, the more likely scenario has Walker falling out of the draft entirely," Pauline wrote at the time.
Mar 13 - 8:53 PM

USC DL Leonard Williams is the "most intriguing" prospect in the 2015 class, according to NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

Williams "has (the) ideal frame and can play in almost any spot along the defensive line," Zierlein writes. "Tape is good, not great, but his raw talent and projection have teams excited." Williams is widely regarded as the top defensive prospect in the draft, but it might be worthwhile to take a step back and see if groupthink is occurring here. Williams has ridiculous strength to control his opponent on counter moves, the question is his burst off the snap to win immediately.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 11:27 AM

According to NFL Media's Charles Davis, USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin has told him that USC WR Nelson Agholor reminds him of a young Reggie Wayne.

"What I like about Agholor is he's a former running back out of high school who has trained himself to be a receiver while at USC," Davis said. "He's worked hard to become a technician." The analyst believes that Agholor himself could be a nice replacement for Wayne in Indy. Agholor, who caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards (12.6) and 12 scores in 2014, posted a 4.44 "unofficial" forty with a 1.53 10-yard split last week in Indianapolis.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 6:25 PM


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