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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that it's a "foregone conclusion" that USC junior DL Leonard Williams will enter the draft.

As a top-10 lock, a top-five probable, and a top-three possibility, this comes as no surprise. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote earlier this week that Williams "is earning comparisons from scouts to everyone from [J.J.] Watt to Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy." Meanwhile, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah says he sees Richard Seymour in Williams. Either way, Williams will be a dominant pro.
Oct 24 - 6:02 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams reminds NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah of Richard Seymour.

Williams will almost certainly play a similar role in the NFL. Seymour played at a high level in both even and odd man fronts, and we have seen Williams show true versatility by winning from multiple gaps and techniques. He has strength and agility to work at the line of scrimmage and in the backfield.
Oct 23 - 12:23 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams "is earning comparisons from scouts to everyone from [J.J.] Watt to Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The best player in the NFL this season very well may be Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, but if teams were allowed to draft veterans, a number of Pro Bowl quarterbacks would be selected ahead of him," Rang wrote. "The 2015 NFL Draft could demonstrate the same value of the game's most important position. While Southern Cal defensive end Leonard Williams has been the most impressive player I've seen this season, quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are more likely to generate wins for their future NFL franchises." Williams might be the draft's safest prospect, a player who could be a Pro Bowler in Year 1, but, for the reasons Rang mentioned, he isn't likely to go No. 1 overall. Williams has collected 45 tackles, including five for loss and 4.5 sacks this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 22 - 8:26 PM

Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reports that USC freshman two-way player Adoree Jackson (hip) "is ready to play" against Utah this weekend.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Jackson noted that his hip feels fine. The freshman two-way player was forced to leave during the first quarter of USC's win against Colorado last Saturday. The USC prospect happened to re-aggravated his hip flexor on the game's opening kickoff.
Oct 22 - 2:08 PM

ESPN's KC Joyner ranks USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen as the No. 2 running back in college football.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Allen has rushed for 909 yards and eight touchdowns on 150 carries with 24 receptions for 290 yards and a touchdown -- that's 1,043 yards from scrimmage. "His superior cutback ability is part of why he leads the nation in scrimmage plays of 30 yards or more (9)," Joyner wrote. "No player on this list combines pass-catching ability (third in receiving yards by a running back, fourth in running back receptions) and rushing skills (776 yards on the ground, tops among running backs) quite to the extent Allen does." ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Allen as the No. 6 draft-eligible RB. Allen has been compared to Bishop Sankey (selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans) by USC RB coach Johnny Nansen and NFL.com's Charles Davis.
Oct 22 - 12:10 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler "showcased his superb timing and anticipation as a thrower" against Colorado on Saturday, NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote.

Kessler completed 19-of-26 passes for 319 and seven touchdowns, breaking Matt Barkley's 2011 school record for touchdown passes in a game. He threw for his seventh score midway through the third quarter. "Facing an opponent next weekend that will challenge his ability to efficiently distribute the ball to a bevy of playmakers on the perimeter, Kessler will have a chance to show evaluators that he is legitimate prospect with the tools to play at the next level," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 21 - 11:55 PM

SI's Chris Burke believes USC junior DL Leonard Williams projects as a defensive tackle in the NFL.

Last week, while ranking Williams as his No. 1 overall prospect, ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Williams' "best projection is as a 5-technique defensive end, but he has the quickness and point-of-attack skills to perform inside as a 3-technique." Basically, that means J.J. Watt's role. "The discussion is not indicative of any uncertainty surrounding Williams' game, but rather confirmation of his wide-ranging game," Burke wrote.
Oct 21 - 10:15 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler won the offensive Walter Camp National Player of the Week award.

He threw for seven touchdown passes came on 19-of-26 passing for 319 yards, posting a passer rating of 264.98 in a blowout win over Colorado. The contest had been decided by the end of the first quarter, thanks in no small part to Kessler, who went 11-of-16 for 159 yards and four touchdowns. Kessler became the first Pac-12 QB to throw seven scoring passes in the first three quarters, and tied the conference record for TD passes in a non-overtime game.
Oct 20 - 8:07 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor had six catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win over Colorado.

Not only did he post his first career three-touchdown game, but Agholor cracked the century mark in receiving yards for the first time this season. The 6-foot, 185-pound Agholor has 48 receptions for 533 yards and seven scores through seven games. "Agholor is going to be a polarizing prospect," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted last month. "God-given athleticism, body control but shaky ball skills." CBS colleague Rob Rang compared Agoholor to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods during the summer.
Oct 20 - 2:31 PM

USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen had 128 yards rushing and a touchdown on 15 carries on Saturday against Colorado.

Allen has been getting compared to Bishop Sankey (selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans) recently, both by USC RB coach Johnny Nansen and NFL.com's Charles Davis. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Allen as the No. 6 draft-eligible RB. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Allen has rushed for 909 yards and eight touchdowns on 150 carries with 24 receptions for 290 yards and a touchdown.
Oct 20 - 2:13 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler completed 19-of-26 passes for 319 and seven touchdowns in a win over Colorado on Saturday.

Kessler broke Matt Barkley's 2011 school record for touchdown passes in a game. "It's an honor for me to break his record, but I'm thankful he set the bar so high and taught me as much as he did," said Kessler about Barkley. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Kessler's feat is that he threw his seventh scoring pass midway through the third quarter. "We coach this guy harder than any other guy on our team, and he accepts it, and he comes to work every day with the mindset to get better," Sarkisian said. Kessler became the first Pac-12 QB to throw seven TD passes in the first three quarters. The fourth-year junior also tied the conference record for TD passes in a non-overtime game.
Oct 20 - 1:54 PM

USC RB coach Johnny Nansen compares USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen to Tennesse Titans second-round pick Bishop Sankey, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Buck is right there with Bishop at this point," said Nansen, who coached Bishop Sankey at Washington. At the halfway point last season, Sankey --who was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans-- rushed for 899 yards and nine touchdowns on 159 carries while hauling in 14 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown for Washington. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Allen has rushed for 781 yards and seven touchdowns on 135 carries with 23 receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown.
Oct 16 - 2:49 PM

USC redshirt junior RB Javorius "Buck" Allen made his debut on Mel Kiper's rankings of draft-eligible running backs at No. 6.

He checks in one spot behind Miami's Duke Johnson, and one spot ahead of South Carolina's Mike Davis. Earlier this week, NFL.com's Charles Davis wrote that Allen is excelling in Bishop Sankey's old role in Steve Sarkisian's offense. Allen has rushed for 781 yards on 135 carries this year.
Oct 15 - 5:15 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams is the new No. 1 prospect on Todd McShay's board.

"Williams moves up to the No. 1 spot in this week's rankings, as we've had more of an opportunity to watch his performance," McShay writes. We all know Williams is an outstanding talent and even made an impact despite a fairly serious leg injury. McShay believes Williams's best projection is as a 5-technique end while seeing some time inside at 3-technique. In layman's terms, this is a similar role to JJ Watt. We aren;t saying he is of an equal talent, but expect teams to select him accordingly. Marcus Mariota dropped one spot to No. 2.
Source: ESPN
Oct 15 - 2:34 PM

USC junior C Max Tuerk's errant shotgun snaps against Arizona "frequently forced [QB Cody] Kessler to jump to corral them, throwing off the tempo for the entire team," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang listed Tuerk as one of this week's draft fallers. "Tuerk fired off several inaccurate snaps to Kessler, one of which resulted in a fumble (USC recovered)," Rang wrote. "To be fair, it is worth noting that the 6-foot-6, 285 pound Tuerk has only made the transition to center this season for the Trojans and the crowd in Tucson was very loud." In July, ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Tuerk as the top underclassmen offensive guard prospect. We don't buy into the idea that poor snaps will cost Tuerk in the end. After all, he's capable of handling all five OL spots. As Kiper mentioned, he looks like an NFL guard.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 14 - 9:50 PM


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