USC’s Chuma Edoga selected in third round of 2019 NFL Draft by New York Jets

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The New York Jets made USC football offensive tackle Chuma Edoga the 92nd pick in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday night.

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Chuma Edoga is heading to the Big Apple, as the Jets picked up the USC football offensive tackle with the 92nd pick overall in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

USC came into draft weekend with a record 505 NFL draft picks all time. Edoga is now added to that number as the 506th Trojan to hear his name called on draft weekend.

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The 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman will join a host of other Trojans in New York, including Sam Darnold, Leonard Williams and Deontay Burnett.

When it comes to NFL prospects, Edoga’s are particularly intriguing. He turned heads at the Senior Bowl, boosting his draft stock considerably by showing off athleticism and a long enough wingspan to truly thrive at tackle.

In the lead up to the draft, NFL scouts told Edoga what USC fans have been saying for years: He needs to be more consistent. The talent is there if he can find a way to put it together on a game-by-game, down-by-down basis.

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Edoga appeared in 44 games as a Trojan, starting 26 in total.

He came to USC as a highly-touted five-star offensive line prospect, ranking 26th nationally in the 247Sports composite. He was the No. 1 offensive guard in the class of 2015.

He never played guard at USC, of course. He was a spring enrollee and worked his way into the rotation at offensive tackle. He started two games in Year 1, as a sign of things to come.

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Though he started the first two games of the year in 2016, he lost his starting job to eventual All-American Chad Wheeler. He was still part of the rotation, but missed some time due to a suspension and illness.

Edoga’s breakthrough into the starting lineup for good game in 2017 when he started 12 of USC’s 14 games. The two he missed were because of a sprained ankle he sustained during the Trojans’ upset loss to Washington State.

Though there was a chance he might leave early for the NFL, he opted to return to USC for his senior season in 2018 and earned an All-Pac-12 second team selection in the process. He started 10 times at right tackle, once again missing two games because of injury, this time a knee sprain.