Which USC football stars are heading for the 2021 NFL Draft?
USC football is set up to lose a whole lot of production to the NFL Draft in 2021.
From bonafide stars like Alijah Vera-Tucker and Talanoa Hufanga to effective starters like Olaijah Griffin and Tyler Vaughns, how many will leave? Who will stay?
The 2021 USC football squad is being shaped right now…
Tracking USC football’s NFL Draft declarations:
WR Tyler Vaughns (1/4)
Tyler Vaughns will head to the NFL ranked third on USC's all-time pass catching chart.
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (1/2)
The junior wide receiver confirmed his decision to leave on Saturday, becoming USC’s sixth NFL declaration.
DL Marlon Tuipulotu (1/1)
Marlon Tuipulotu followed on Griffin’s heels with a New Year’s Day announcement of his departure.
DB Olaijah Griffin (1/1)
Just after midnight on New Year’s Day, Olaijah Griffin dropped the news that he’s heading for the pros.
DB Talanoa Hufanga (12/30)
No surprise here as Talanoa Hufanga put his name in the draft pool after an All-American season.
OL Alijah Vera-Tucker (12/28)
Alijah Vera-Tucker became the first of USC’s first post-2020 season draft declarations.
DL Jay Tufele (8/19)
It was months ago, but don’t forget that Jay Tufele was the first of USC’s NFL Draft deciders.
Who is next?
USC football starters eligible for the NFL Draft
- RB Stephen Carr
- DL Nick Figueroa
- OL Liam Jimmons
- DB Greg Johnson
- TE Erik Krommenhoek
- RB Vavae Malepeai
- LB Kana’i Mauga
- OL Jalen McKenzie
- OL Brett Neilon
- DL Brandon Pili
- DB Isaiah Pola-Mao
- DL Caleb Tremblay
- WR Tyler Vaughns
- OL Andrew Vorhees
There are still a bunch of Trojans who could declare for the draft, though the group of likely entrants has shrunk.
It’s tough to imagine USC’s four remaining eligible offensive linemen leaving for the pros. They simply haven’t garnered enough buzz as NFL prospects.
Running backs Stephen Carr and Vavae Malepeai could certainly take the plunge if they want to get the next stage of their careers started.
Safety Isaiah Pola-Mao doesn’t have the hype following him that Talana Hufanga enjoys, but he has a decision to make on his own.