The 2012 NFL Draft has come and gone, with three USC Trojans getting drafted, the lowest total since the 2002 Draft, when Kris Richard and Chris Cash were the lone USC participants.
For this set of Trojans, having just three draftees isn’t a sign of the times due to sanctions, but more so a sign of the strength of the USC football program under Lane Kiffin, in which players like Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald decided to spurn the draft and return for a chance at National Title in 2012. Last year, players like Jurrell Casey left for the opposite reasons, to avoid sanctions and playing for nothing. These Trojans are different, and that’s a strong sign for the future of USC Football, regardless.
The most notable Trojan in the draft was Matt Kalil, as you would expect. He went to the Vikings as he was projected to for months, only with the fourth overall pick, not the third. Nick Perry nabbed a big draw in Green Bay at the end of the first round, and Rhett Ellison had a banner day on Saturday, getting picked early in the fourth round, with the 128th overall pick.
All in all, it went to plan for the Trojans, with the only surprise being Chris Galippo, who was forced to sign with the Indianapolis Colts via free agency.
Here’s how the Trojans fared as a class:
|8:15 a.m.||ESPNU||Damien Mama||Alabama, BYU, USC|
|11:10 a.m.||ESPNU||Adoree' Jackson||Florida, UCLA, USC|
|1:00 p.m.||ESPNU||John 'Juju' Smith||Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC|