USC football had five players look to impress scouts at the 2019 NFL Combine. How did the Trojans perform in front of the pro scouts?
For a program that ranked seventh across all of college football in 2018 with 32 alumni in the NFL, including four players selected in the first three rounds last year, USC football’s representation in the 2019 NFL Combine was admittedly sparse.
A tumultuous season defined by undisciplined and unsteady performances will do that. It’s no secret that teams that win create more opportunities for their players to move on to the next level in any sport, so the small number of Trojans invited to the combine was a shock to no one.
Yet, the five players that attended the combine from USC largely held their ground or improved their stock in front of executives, scouts, coaches, and the NFL Network and confirmed there is still talent coming out of Troy.
Height: 6’3” Weight: 308 Arms: 34 ¾” 40-yard dash: 5.19s Bench Press: 21 Vertical: N/A Broad Jump: N/A 3-Cone Drill: N/A
After being a part of the much-maligned USC offensive line, Chuma Edoga is in the midst of the biggest rise out of any of the Trojans in this year’s draft class. While his time at USC was characterized by inconsistent play, the Atlanta native broke out in the 2019 Senior Bowl to win Practice Player of the Week and tremendously improve his draft stock.
Edoga is an athletic offensive lineman who has the quickness to ward off speed rushers on the edge at the NFL level while also providing effective run blocking for his tailbacks. The biggest criticism of the two-year starter for USC relates to the mental side of the game. At times he struggled with pre-snap penalties and personal fouls for the Trojans, so teams likely wanted to get a sense if he is the type of player who can outgrow those lapses in an NFL environment during his combine interviews.
All things considered, Edoga has an opportunity to develop into a real contributor in the NFL. He has solid college tape and proved at the Senior Bowl that he can elevate his level of play when he wants to. His combine 40-yard dash and bench press numbers are in-line with where they should be for an NFL offensive tackle and his play should only improve as he receives adequate coaching at the next level.