USC’s underclass entrants to the NFL have had a rough time of it lately.
Defensive end George Uko, tight end Xavier Grimble and defensive back Dion Bailey each missed out on being drafted, but they did find homes as undrafted free agents over the summer.
Unfortunately those homes were short-lived.
Tuesday, Uko was cut from the Saints while Grimble was dropped by the Giants as NFL teams trim their rosters down to 75 players. Bailey was waived on the injured list at the beginning of August, but made it through waivers and is now on the Seahawks injured reserve.
Considering USC’s depth concerns at tight end and on the defensive line, it is particularly disappointing to see Grimble and Uko fail to make the grade at the next level. Both players would have been key for the Trojans in 2014 if they had opted to spend another year in college. Bailey, too, would have been a leader in the USC defensive backfield.
Underclassmen aren’t the only ones who felt the sting of the NFL’s cut list.
Safety Demetrius Wright was cut from the Dolphins and tight end Kevin Greene was let go by the 49ers.
Of course it hasn’t all been bad news for former Trojans in the NFL. Wide out Marqise Lee (Jaguars), center Marcus Martin (49ers), linebacker Devon Kennard (Giants), defensive lineman Morgan Breslin (49ers), running back Silas Redd (Redskins), and offensive lineman Kevin Graf (Eagles) all look set to make rosters for the 2014 season.