Three days after the end of the 2014 NFL draft, 11 eligible Trojans have found their homes in the pros, either through the draft or as free agent signees.
From here, the draft results and subsequent signings have created even more questions than they’ve answered. Who will start? Who will make a roster? Who will be cut?
Only time will tell, so here’s a look at how each one fits into their new NFL team for now:
Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars – Lee finds himself in an ideal situation to make an impact early in his NFL career. The Jaguars have indicated that suspended wide out Justin Blackmon is unlikely to return to the team after his suspension, making Lee the instant No. 1 in Jacksonville.
Marcus Martin, San Francisco 49ers – Like Lee, Martin fell into a great opportunity to start early in San Francisco. The 49ers parted ways with Jonathan Goodwin, last year’s starter at center, leaving to door open for Martin to compete with Daniel Kilgore for starting position.
Devon Kennard, New York Giants – Kennard may not vault to a starting position, but his versatility should allow him to find a role in whichever defensive front the Giants switch into.
Dion Bailey, Seattle Seahawks – While Bailey’s size prevented him from being drafted, Seattle seems a great place for him to land on his feet. It’ll be hard for him to break into the Seahawks’ already strong secondary rotation, but he could make his mark on special teams while learning from the best.
Morgan Breslin, San Francisco 49ers – When healthy, Breslin proved himself worthy of not just being drafted, but being among the top picks. He’ll have to overcome lingering issues from his injury troubles, but he has the talent to work his way into the rotation at outside linebacker in San Fransisco, especially if Aldon Smith‘s legal troubles keep him off the field.
Kevin Graf, Philadelphia Eagles – It will be a surprise if Graf sees the field for the Eagles with plenty of competition at offensive tackle, but making the practice squad would be a success.
Xavier Grimble, New York Giants – While it was certainly a disappointment to see Grimble fall out of the draft, landing with the Giants who are thin at tight end could make going undrafted a blessing in disguise. With competition from unextraordinary veterans like Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells, Grimble will have every opportunity in New York to fulfill the potential that never truly came to fruition at USC.
John Martinez, Seattle Seahawks – Martinez will have an uphill battle attempting to make the Seahawks roster, but the opportunity to compete for Pete Carroll and the Super Bowl champs is a good one.
Silas Redd, Washington Redskins – The Redskins seem fairly settled at running back with Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. The fact that they added Lache Seastrunk in the sixth round makes the position even more settled. Still, if he stays healthy he could make the roster.
George Uko, New Orleans Saints – Uko is one of the more likely of USC’s undrafted free agents to make waves in the NFL. With talent that likely would have seen him drafted had he come out a year later, he should find a place in a Saints’ scheme which puts a premium on versatility.
Demetrius Wright, Miami Dolphins – With just one year as a regular starter, Wright didn’t have the resume to warrant a draft pick. As an athlete, however, he likely has what it takes to contribute to the Dolphins on special teams at least.