Versatile USC offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn has signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent, according to USC Athletics.
The New York Jets appear to be loading up on Trojans this NFL Draft weekend, adding USC offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn as an undrafted free agent.
The Jets used a third round draft pick to grab offensive tackle Chuma Edoga on Friday night. Now, Edoga and Lobendahn will meet back up with fellow Trojans like Sam Darnold, Deontay Burnett and Leonard Williams in New York.
Lobendahn was one of several promising offensive lineman USC added in the class of 2014. He ranked No. 133 nationally in the 247Sports composite and was rated as the No. 9 offensive guard in the class.
As a spring enrollee, Lobendahn had the chance to make an early impression and he did just that. He won a starting job right off the bat at left guard, playing that position for eight games before showing off his noteworthy versatility by sliding over to left tackle for the final five games. He was named a Freshman All-American first teamer by multiple publications.
Versatility became Lobendahn’s calling card in Year 2 as well. He started five games at right guard at the beginning of the 2015 campaign, but switched to center to once again help USC deal with injuries. However, with hopes high for his career in that spot, it was a major disappointment when he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
The 2016 season was supposed to be his big bounce back, but during the season opener he suffered another devastating knee injury.
Finally back healthy in 2017, Lobendahn lost the competition with Nico Falah for USC’s starting center job, but still earned All-Pac-12 second team honors as USC’s starting left tackle.
In his senior season, Lobendahn finally managed to start the entire season at his preferred position of center. Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly go to plan. He struggled with snapping problems throughout the year, though he was still named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention.