The May 8 NFL Draft is fast approaching and USC’s 14 eligible candidates have been hard at work training, showing off their skills to scouts, taking meetings with NFL team representatives and mentally preparing. The road to the draft looks different for everyone; some players were invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, while others demonstrated their abilities at Pro Day. A few opted for more face time by participating in both.
USC has produced more NFL draft picks (480) than any other school (we stand proudly ahead of Notre Dame’s 476) and USC players are on the rosters of 26 of the NFL’s 32 teams. In 2013, USC had players drafted in the second, third and fourth rounds. How our players will fare this year, after a tumultuous season that was fraught with injuries, remains to be seen. While some players were expected to declare for the draft, others surprised both the team and the fans by their decisions to forgo their final year of eligibility.
At this point, it’s no longer just what’s on the tape. Every result has an impact and this year’s competition is fierce. Click through the pages to see where each player’s stock stands with less than two weeks before the draft begins.