With the Super Bowl over, the professional football world is now focused on April’s NFL Draft. How high do USC Trojans like Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster project?
The 2017 NFL Draft will kick off less than three months away, on April 27 in Philadelphia. That means it’s officially mock draft season.
Where do USC football’s key potential draftees sit on the draft boards before this month’s NFL Combine? Let’s walk through the players of note…
Adoree’ Jackson | Cornerback
Jackson has some work to do at the Combine to improve his draft stock. Though he has first-round versatility, the All-American isn’t being treated that way on all draft boards.
The duo of Walter Cherepinsky and Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com both see Jackson as a Day 1 pick. The former has him going to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 15 while the latter expects Jackson to go off the board at No. 22 to the Miami Dolphins.
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Drafts including more than one round don’t expect Jackson to go particularly high either. Fox Sports’ Dieter Kurtenback sees Jackson going in the second round, 60th overall to the Dallas Cowboys.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke also put Jackson in that range, at No. 63 overall to the Atlanta Falcons.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller predicted a slightly earlier pick, at 44th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Meanwhile, SBNation’s Dan Kadar thinks his NFL home will be with the Detroit Lions at No. 53.
JuJu Smith-Schuster | Wide Receiver
Like Jackson, Smith-Schuster hasn’t garnered a first round grade from McShay, Rang or Brugler. Nor did Kurtenback name the receiver in his two round mock draft.
However, Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report did list Smith-Schuster as the No. 19 overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kadar didn’t go so far as to put Smith-Schuster in the first round, but he did get a fringe pick at No. 39 overall to the Los Angeles Chargers.
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Over at Walter Football, Cherepinsky agrees with the pick, but not the team. He has Smith-Schuster going No. 29 to the New York Jets. Campbell, on the other hand, agrees with the location, sending Smith-Schuster to the Los Angeles Rams at No. 37.
Burke from SI dittoed that, with the wide out at No. 37 to the Rams as well.
Other Draft Eligible Trojans
The vast majority of mock drafts at this stage only project one or two rounds. Miller’s at Bleacher Report, is one of the few which feature all seven rounds.
In addition to Smith-Schuster and Jackson, Miller projected left tackle Chad Wheeler, right tackle Zach Banner, left guard Damien Mama and running back Justin Davis to be drafted.
Miller has Wheeler going No. 131 in the fourth round to the Cowboys, Banner to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 159 in the fifth round, Mama to the Seattle Seahawks at No. 171 overall in the fifth and Davis to the Green Bay Packers at No. 174 in the fifth.