USC NFL Draft Recap 2019: Who got drafted, who went undrafted?

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It wouldn’t be a USC NFL Draft without hype. Did the Trojans live up to it in 2019? Not quite, despite having four players selected.

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A year ago, it looked like 2019 would have a promising USC NFL Draft. The Trojans were set to return a ton of talent from the vaunted 2015 recruiting class, including Iman Marshall, Porter Gustin, Marvell Tell and Cameron Smith. Three of the four were featured in at least one first-round mock draft last May.

But a few injuries here, seven losses there and USC didn’t have a player selected in either of the first two rounds for the first time in 17 years.

They had at least four players selected for the fifth-straight draft, but it was an event of disappointment, given the high expectations for the Trojans’ talented crop of seniors.

Marshall dropped to the fourth round despite a stellar final season, Smith slipped to the fifth and Porter Gustin went undrafted days after it was revealed he tested positive for —and permitted to use— Adderall at the NFL Combine.

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Let’s walk through what went down for the Trojans over the weekend in Nashville…

Drafted Trojans

OL Chuma Edoga: 3rd Rd. (92) to JetsDB Iman Marshall: 4th Rd. (127) to RavensDB Marvell Tell III: 5th Rd. (144) to ColtsLB Cameron Smith: 5th Rd. (162) to Vikings

Undrafted Free Agents

DB Ajene Harris to EaglesRB Aca’Cedric Ware to RedskinsOL Toa Lobendahn to JetsOL Chris Brown to ChargersDL Malik Dorton to RaidersLB Porter GustinTE Austin ApplebeeTE Tyler PetiteDB Isaiah LangleyDB Jonathan Lockett

NFL Draft Nuggets

  • Former Trojan defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints, while one-time USC quarterback commit turned All-American receiver David Sills inked a contract with the Buffalo Bills.
  • Caleb Wilson, who spent his true freshman year at USC as a walk-on tight end in 2015, became this year’s Mr. Irrelevant. The UCLA grad was picked with the final pick of the seventh round by the Arizona Cardinals.
  • With four players picked in the 2019 NFL Draft, USC extended their record number of total draftees to 510. With six picks, Notre Dame now sits just four spots behind at 506 all-time.
  • The Trojans’ record of 81 all-time first round picks was equaled by Ohio State when Nick Bosa and Dwayne Haskins went No. 2 and No. 15, respectively.
  • Chuma Edoga, taken in the third round with the 92nd overall pick, was the latest first Trojan selected since linebacker Markus Steele went 122nd to the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
  • This draft marked the first time since 2002 that USC did not have a selection in the first or second rounds.
  • It’s the first time in the Super Bowl Era that neither USC or crosstown rival UCLA had a first or second round pick. (H/T Sam Farmer of the LA Times)
  • USC had more players selected than Ed Orgeron’s LSU Tigers (3). They also had more than Florida State (2), Nebraska (0), Purdue (0) and UCLA (1) combined.
  • USC’s 2015 recruiting class ranked No. 1 by 247, Rivals and Scout. As of now, seven of the 26 signees have been drafted, including Sam Darnold going third overall last year. Porter Gustin (four-star) and Deontay Burnett (three-star) surprisingly went undrafted.

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