USC offensive lineman Jordan Simmons is set to sign with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, the player announced on Twitter on Saturday.
Jordan Simmons hoped to play another season with USC football in 2016. Instead, the offensive lineman will get his shot at an NFL roster after signing with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.
Simmons went unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft after he was denied a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA.
Though he can’t come back to USC, the guard won’t travel far to pursue his NFL dream, heading just a few hours north.
— Jordan Simmons (@JordanSimmons68) April 29, 2017
Simmons started twice for USC after an injury-plagued career. He missed action due to knee injuries each of his first four seasons in Troy, but finally made it through a year without major problems in 2016 as a redshirt senior.
Participating in 13 games and starting against Arizona State and Colorada, Simmons was a valued back up at guard and tackle.
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Had he been allowed to return for a sixth-year, Simmons would have been a veteran option to replace one of Zach Banner, Chad Wheeler or Damien Mama.
Instead, Simmons will attempt to make the Raiders’ roster in 2017.
He joins receiver Isaac Whitney as an undrafted free agent signee out of USC for Oakland.
The Trojans have also seen receiver Darreus Rogers sign with the Seattle Seahawks as an UDFA this year.
Five USC players were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, including Adoree’ Jackson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Zach Banner, Leon McQuay III and Stevie Tu’ikolovatu.