Robert Woods is officially an NFL player, as former Serra Cavalier standout and USC Trojan All-American has been selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 41st pick, in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Woods is the fifth receiver taken in the draft, behind West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins, and Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter.
Going into the draft, Woods was projected as a late first or early second round pick, with rumors heating up on Thursday afternoon that the Vikings were going to make a serious run at Woods. They ultimately took Corrdarrelle Patterson for third first rounder of the day.
As for Woods, he brings a solid and controlled receiving game to the NFL, as he can be used a possession receiver both split wide as a split-end, or inside as a slot receiver. He boasts top notch route running ability and has an quick instep, despite not posting the premium speed that he once had out of high school. Woods has plus hands and ball after catch skills, as he showed in time at USC that he has the ability to return kicks and punts.
Coming out of USC, the biggest knock on Woods is his health, as he battled a badly sprained ankle for much of 2011, which ultimately saw him have surgery that cost him all of spring in 2012. That said, Woods played in all 38 games of his USC career, not once missing a complete game due to injury.
While at USC, Woods set numerous school and Pac-12 records, including receptions with 251, touchdowns in a game with four, and receptions in a game with 17.
Woods is the 78th first round selection in USC history, and the first since Nick Perry and Matt Kalil were taken by Green Bay and Minnesota last season.