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First Take… Maybe it is just perception and memory clouding the truth, but it feels like USC players are having much more success at the 2015 NFL Combine than they’ve had at combines in the recent past.
For example, Robert Woods did not wow much at the 2013 combine, while Marqise Lee wasn’t exactly impressive on his day. Neither managed to break a 4.50 40-yard dash and neither made enough of an impression to improve their draft stock in Indianapolis.
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Contrast that with the 2015 group, which seems to be meeting expectations, if not exceeding them, across the board.
Leonard Williams had momentum going into the combine, but he solidified talk of him being the top player in the entire draft with his sub-5 40-yard dash and explosive on-field workouts.
Nelson Agholor also made a splash, posting a 40-yard dash of 4.44 seconds and catching every ball with notable smooth-running before dislocating his finger.
At running back, Buck Allen may not have wow’d the crowd, but he put in a solid performance which certainly won’t hurt his stock.
All in all, with defensive back Josh Shaw the last of seven Trojans to complete their Combine efforts, things are looking quite good for former USC players on their way to the NFL.
And Ten Links…
- While it is still a long shot for Williams to work his way into the top spot in the draft, there are increasing rumbles that if anyone could make the case for No. 1 outside of the quarterbacks, it is the Big Cat. (Fox Sports)
- Taking it one step further, Charles Davis called Williams a “Hall of Fame talent” while the praise by other analysts flowed in from all angles. (LA Times)
- We took a look at the social media reaction to Williams’ big day. (Reign Of Troy)
- Given Williams’ value going into the NFL, it is no surprise that he has left USC with its biggest shoes to fill going into to 2015. Claude Pelon and Delvon Simmons are favorites to fill the gap. (ESPN)
- If you’re interested in a full breakdown of Pac-12 performers at the Combine, Kyle Bonagura has you covered for the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs. (ESPN)
- USC is preparing for a scenario which sees an NFL team move to Los Angeles before their new stadium is built. The Coliseum could become an NFL venue once more in the coming years. (NBC Sports)
- Tyler Donohue went back to grade last year’s top recruiting classes, awarding USC an A, in light of the early contributions of Adoree’ Jackson, JuJu Smith and Toa Lobendahn. (Bleacher Report)
- Just when it seems USC basketball’s troubles couldn’t get much worse, three players got themselves sent home during the Trojans’ Arizona road trip for a violation of team rules. Katin Reinhardt headlined the group. (OC Register)
- As the old adage says, “when it rains it pours.” Despite an early lead, USC fell to Arizona State. Sarah Bergstrom and Caroline Deisley broke down the 3-Points from the game. (RipsIt Blog)
- USC made the top ten for five-star defensive back Deontay Anderson out of Texas, though there is plenty of top competition for him. (Bleacher Report)
Stat of the Day:
Leonard Williams’ 4.97 official 40-yard dash time equaled that of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.