Monday, April 28, 2008

NFL Draft: Trojans On Parade

USC presented 15 drafted eligible players to NFL GMs, and 10 were selected, the most of any school in the 2008 draft. Of the 10 players selected, 7 went on the first day, with 4 selected in the first round. The new figures increase the Trojan dominance in the NFL draft.

The New Orleans Saints made Sedrick Ellis their first selection with the 7th overall pick. He was followed by Keith Rivers, who Cincinnati picked with selection 9. The Atlanta Falcons traded up to the 21 spot to grab Sam Baker, and the Seattle Seahawks chose Lawrence Jackson with the 28th overall pick. Round two showed Fred Davis going to the Washington Redskins and their new west coast offense. Chilo Rachal travels north to bolster the 49ers offensive line, and Terrell Thomas joins former teammate Steve Smith on the world champion New York Giants.

Two SC stars were selected by a former Trojan. Jack Del Rio added Thomas Williams and Chauncey Washington to the Jaguars roster. People may wonder why top talent continues to march to Southern California, but Williams' selection, while playing only a back up role, is a clear indication. There are starting linebackers from across the country that never received a phone call. If you want to play in the NFL, then I suggest you increase your chances by attending USC.

John David Booty is now a Minnesota Viking, going in the 5th round of the draft. Booty is in a position to possibly challenge the starting Tavaris Jackson, if the Viking offense shows no improvement in the passing game. The often penalized Drew Radovich was snubbed in the draft selection, but quickly picked up a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

The 2008 totals now give the Trojans 440 players drafted, inching them even closer to Notre Dame's all time leading 467. The 4 first round selections add to their lead in the category with 71.

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