The NFL Combine is one of the biggest events of the football offseason. Each year, hundreds of players from colleges across America are invited to showcase their skills in front of scouts and executives from every NFL franchise.
As always, USC figures to be a big part of the NFL Combine this year, and not just because QB Caleb Williams is the presumed first-overall pick. Rather, there will be a total of eight Trojans headed to Indianapolis for this critical job interview.
The USC football players that are headed to the NFL Combine
Of course, everyone will have their eyes on Williams at the combine. That's because he's one of the best QB prospects to come out of the college ranks in years and some are comparing his arm talent to that of Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.
Whether or not Williams will work out at the combine is unknown. However, he will be in Indianapolis to meet with teams and begin the process of being evaluated.
This past season, a year after winning the Heisman Trophy, Williams completed 266 of 388 passes (68.6 percent) for 3,633 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in 12 games. He also rushed for 142 yards and 11 touchdowns.
MarShawn Lloyd is another Trojan headed to Indy. In his lone season in Los Angeles, he averaged a whopping 7.1 yards per carry but he only got the ball 116 times on the ground. He did make the most of those opportunities, though, as he racked up 820 yards and 9 TDs.
Lloyd is great a making defenders miss and he runs through contact extremely well. What will be interesting will be to see if he is punished or rewarded for his light workload at the college level as he had only 291 career carries in four seasons of NCAA football.
Wide receiver Brenden Rice is headed to the combine as well. There, he will try to impress by allowing people to get an up-close look at his impressive frame and his well above average speed.
For his career, he grabbed 111 passes for 1,821 yards and 21 TDs as he split time between Colorado and USC. His career average of 16.4 yards per catch shows his big-play ability, something that the NFL Scouts will love.
Tahj Washington is another USC WR headed to Indy. This past fall, he was the Trojans' leader in receiving yards at 1,062, which he put up on just 59 catches. Like Rice, he is a big-play threat as he averaged 18 yards per catch in 2023.
Offensive lineman Jarrett Kingston has also earned an invite to the combine. This past season he started games at both right guard and right tackle showcasing versatility that could intrigue some NFL teams.
USC's best defensive lineman, Solomon Byrd, is also going to get to showcase his skills. The former transfer from Wyoming spent two years in Los Angeles where he racked up 77 tackles (18.5 for loss) and ten sacks.
Ball-hawking safety Calen Bullock will be at the combine. In three years at USC, he picked off nine passes to go along with 151 tackles. A former All-American, his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame is going to draw a lot of attention from NFL clubs.
Finally, corner Christian Roland-Wallace will also get to perform in Indianapolis. At 6-feet and 200 pounds, he's got the bulk to be a physical corner on Sundays. In 2023, he made 37 tackles in 12 games and recorded two interceptions and nine pass breakups.
When is the 2024 NFL Draft?
The NFL Scouting Combine Live Drills begin Thursday, February 29th, with exclusive LIVE coverage on NFL Network starting at 3 pm ET. Full lineup below:
- Thursday, February 29th, 3 pm ET – Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
- Friday, March 1st, 3 pm ET – Defensive Backs, Tight Ends
- Saturday, March 2nd, 1 pm ET – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs
- Sunday, March 3rd, 1 pm ET – Offensive Linemen