USC Pro Day Results 2017: Trojans Improve, Impress NFL Scouts

Receiver De'Quan Hampton goes through drills at USC Pro Day. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
Receiver De'Quan Hampton goes through drills at USC Pro Day. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy) /

USC Pro Day 2017 gave Trojan NFL hopefuls the chance to shine in front of pro scouts from across the league. Here’s a look at their results:

Cromwell Field was alive with activity on Wednesday morning as NFL scouts converged on campus for USC Pro Day.

The latest crop of Trojan NFL hopefuls completed their testing with teammates cheering from the stands and a crowd of observers from pro teams, including former USC head coach Pete Carroll.

Here’s a look at how USC’s NFL prospects fared at Pro Day:(Combine results in parenthesis)

Vertical Jump

De’Quan Hampton: 41.5 inchesIsaac Whitney: 36 inchesJuju Smith-Schuster: 33.5 inches (32.5″)Leon McQuay III: 33 inchesTaylor McNamara: 32.5 inchesQuinton Powell: 32 inchesJustin Davis: 30 inchesDarreus Rogers: 29 inches (26.5″)Stevie Tu’ikolovatu: 26 inches (24.5″)Jordan Simmons: 25 inchesChad Wheeler: 24 inches (20.5″)Damien Mama: 22.5 inches (24.5″)

Two receivers who weren’t invited to the NFL Combine last month took top nods in the vertical jump on Wednesday.

De’Quan Hampton topped all performers in the vertical by some margin, posting a result which would have ranked third among all players at the NFL Combine. It also bested Taylor Mays’ 41-inch vertical from 2010, which is USC’s Combine record this century.

Isaac Whitney’s 36-inch vertical would have ranked 12th among receivers at the Combine and matched Adoree’ Jackson for his jump.

Those who did get the Combine invite still took their chance to improve their numbers as well, with receivers Darreus Rogers and JuJu Smith-Schuster, defensive lineman Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and offensive lineman Chad Wheeler raising their height.

Offensive lineman Damien Mama was down a couple inches from Indianapolis, however.

Broad Jump

De’Quan Hampton: 11 feetIsaac Whitney: 10 feet, 6 inchesJuju Smith-Schuster: 10 feet, 3 inches (10’0″)Leon McQuay III: 10 feet, 2 inchesTaylor McNamara: 9 feet, 9 inchesQuinton Powell: 9 feet, 9 inchesJustin Davis: 9 feet, 7 inchesDarreus Rogers: 9 feet, 5 inches (9’4″)Chad Wheeler: 8 feet, 9 inches (8’9″)Jordan Simmons: 8 feet, 3 inchesDamien Mama: 8 feet, 1 inch (8’0″)Stevie Tu’ikolovatu: 7 feet, 11 inches

Hampton again led the pack on the day in the broad jump, with an 11-foot result which would have put him 11th overall at the Combine. Had he performed that jump at the Combine, it would rank second for a Trojan since 2000, behind only Justin Fargas in 2003.

Whitney’s jump was also impressive at 10 feet and six inches, which would have ranked 12th at the Combine.

Smith-Schuster was pleased with an improvement in his jump, while Rogers and Mama both upped their result by one inch.

Bench Press

Stevie Tu’ikolovatu: 33 reps (28)Jordan Simmons: 23 repsDe’Quan Hampton: 21 repsTaylor McNamara: 14 repsQuinton Powell: 14 repsChad Wheeler: 13 reps (15)Leon McQuay III: 12 repsIsaac Whitney: 12 repsDarreus Rogers: 10 reps (8)

At the Combine, Tu’ikolovatu’s 28 reps on the bench press ranked 12th among all players and he only improved on that mark back in LA, posting 33 reps.

Again, Hampton stood out among those who missed out on the Combine. His 21 reps would have been second among all receivers.

Rogers improved his number from eight at the Combine to 10 back at USC, though Wheeler managed two less.

Running back Justin Davis posted 21 reps on the bench at the Combine, the only drill he completed in Indianapolis, so he opted not to participate back in Los Angeles.

40-Yard Dash

Isaac Whitney: 4.41Justin Davis: 4.49De’Quan Hampton: 4.66Quinton Powell: 4.75Taylor McNamara: 4.75Darreus Rogers: 4.90Jordan Simmons: 5.20Stevie Tu’ikolovatu: 5.28 (5.45)Chad Wheeler: 5.34 (5.48)Damien Mama: 5.70 (5.84)

USC’s top performer at the 40-yard-dash was Whitney, who impressively beat Adoree’ Jackson’s Combine time to win a $20,000 bet with the cornerback, per Scott Wolf of the Daily News.

That run would have ranked 11th overall in Indianapolis.

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Davis was unable to run at the Combine due to the ankle injury he suffered at the Rose Bowl. All healed up, he posted a time of 4.49, which would have placed him seventh among running backs last month.

Satisfied with their Combine times of 4.42 and 4.54, respectively, Jackson and Smith-Schuster did not run the 40 again at Pro Day. However, three of USC’s big men took another run at it and each came away with a sizable improvement.

Tu’ikolovatu’s 5.45-second run in Indianapolis was the slowest of all the defensive linemen, but he shaved a quite a bit off of that time, posting a 5.28 on Wednesday.

Wheeler improved to a respectable 5.34, down from 5.48, which was seventh-worst at the Combine.

Meanwhile, Mama redeemed himself just slightly from his Combine-worst 5.84 by running the 40 in 5.70 seconds.