USC Podcast: RoT Radio Ep. 252, NFL Draft Preview 2018


With the 2018 NFL Draft on the horizon, the latest episode of the Reign of Troy Radio USC podcast breaks down each of the Trojans’ prospects.

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This week’s 78-minute episode features co-hosts Michael Castillo and Alicia de Artola talking the NFL Draft and the Todd McNair saga.

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What’s in store with this USC podcast:

  • Michael and Alicia open the podcast talking about the NFL Draft — more specifically about how coverage of the lead up to the NFL Draft is the worst.
  • Going one by one through each of USC’s draftable players, the RoT Crew look at mock draft projections and discuss each prospect:
    • Do we want Sam Darnold to go No. 1 overall? Is it possible for the Browns to find the right quarterback in the draft? Did Darnold’s rocky 2017 season even matter in the end?
    • An ESPN draft profile references Ronald Jones II’s “diva” qualities. Does that make sense?
    • An draft profile of Rasheem Green quotes an AFC scout bemoaning the fact the defensive lineman didn’t return for another season, did he make the right choice?
    • With Deontay Burnett’s injury woes ahead of the draft, where will he be drafted and does it matter that he didn’t come back?
    • Does the low draft stock of Nico Falah and Viane Talamaivao say something about USC’s overall offensive line performance in recent years?
    • What about USC’s fringe prospects like Steven Mitchell, Josh Fatu and Chris Hawkins?
  • The show ends with a debate over the Todd McNair lawsuit. Alicia gets the fascination with the outcome of the trial from a USC perspective. Michael thinks USC fans should move on. The two duke it out over the NCAA saga.

Reign of Troy Radio will be back next week to talk fallout from the NFL Draft and more offseason storylines.

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