Leonard Williams*, DE/DT, USC
Height: 6-5. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 4.91. Projected Round (2015): Top-10 Pick.
4/25/15: In speaking with NFL teams, they like Williams, but don't grade him in the same range as Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy or Jadeveon Clowney when they were coming out. Teams aren't as high on Williams as some in the media have rated him. They feel that Williams wasn't consistent or dominant enough to be the No. 1-rated player on their draft boards.
At the Combine, Williams solidified his standing as the top defensive lineman for the 2015 NFL Draft. He ran well in the 40 and looked good in the field drills.
Williams would fit a 3-4 or 4-3 defense in the NFL. He would be an excellent five-technique for the former since he has the strength and length to set the edge while also being able to rush the passer. Williams could play three-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 or be a power left end who moves inside to tackle in passing situations. Really, Williams can be lined up anywhere on the defensive line.
With his combination of speed and strength, Williams looks like a first-day NFL starter. He is very strong to shed blocks and is fast off the snap. Williams consistently blows by tackles or guards on the pass rush. He is well suited for left defensive end as he gives right tackles a lot of problems. Williams is generally a tough mismatch against all offensive linemen. He is too strong for most left tackles and too fast for right tackles or interior linemen. Off the snap, Williams has a fast burst to fire his gap and achieve penetration into the backfield.
In the ground game, Williams can burst into the backfield to blow up runs and can hold his ground at the point of attack. However, there are areas that Williams can improve. He gets in trouble when he stands up too high, which allows offensive linemen to get under his pads and push him back when they run downhill at him. Williams also had some quiet games where he seemed to disappear in stretches.
Williams totaled 80 tackles, seven sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, three forced fumbles and three passes batted in 2014. He had an excellent game against Arizona with two sacks, eight tackles and a forced fumble. Williams turned in other impressive games, including performances against Oregon State and Washington State. He seemed to take his foot off the pedal in the regular-season finale against Notre Dame, but played well in his bowl game.
Williams rolled his ankle in practice a few days before the game against Stanford, but he still played versus the Cardinal. Williams showed his toughness and battled hard for four quarters. In the third quarter, he contributed to a huge stop on a fourth-and 1 at USC's own three-yard line. Williams picked a great time for his first sack of the season late in the fourth quarter. He beat the guard to get penetration into the backfield. While Williams wasn't 100 percent, he gutted it out and found a way to make some big plays to help his team pull off the upset.
Williams played well against Fresno State with a number of tackles at the point of attack. He also batted some passes and made an interception for the Trojans.
8/23/14: Williams played well for USC in 2013. He recorded 74 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and five sacks. The sophomore generated more pass rush than the numbers indicate.
In the long term, Williams may prove to be a defensive tackle, but that depends on the defensive scheme. He is at his best when he's working to get upfield and penetrate the backfield. Williams can get into trouble when he stands up too high while defending runs coming straight at him. As a pass-rusher, Williams could stand to add and refine his moves. It would be good if he could add a rip move.
Williams took the Pac-12 by storm as a freshman in 2012. The Daytona Beach, Florida product excelled for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Williams recorded eight sacks, 64 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, four passes batted, an interception and two fumble recoveries that season.
Nelson Agholor*, WR, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 198. 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2015): 1-2.
4/27/15: Agholor is a late-riser in the draft process as many feel he is the second best route-runner in the 2015 NFL Draft behind only Amari Cooper. Agholor is a quick receiver who lacks elite speed or size, but is well rounded with strong route-running and is skilled runner after the catch. Agholor also could contribute on special teams in the NFL. He is experienced in the West Coast offense with the ability to get separation in and out of his breaks.
Agholor ran well at the Combine and had a good workout. He recorded 104 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. That included some huge, clutch catches to help USC beat Stanford. Agholor also destroyed California. He needs to improve his hands as he is prone to some drops.
8/27/14: Agholor looks very similar to other USC wide receiver prospects. He has decent size and speed, but may not be elite in any category. Agholor should be the Trojans' No. 1 receiver in 2014, so it wouldn't be surprising if his production increased.
With Marqise Lee drawing lots of attention in 2013, Agholor broke out. The sophomore replaced Robert Woods as a starter in 2013 and had a solid debut. Agholor outproduced Lee for the year with 56 receptions for 918 yards and six scores. In 2012, Agholor had 18 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns. He has some special teams ability as well.
Javorius Allen*, RB, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 221. 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2015): 3-4.
4/27/15: Allen was the workhorse for USC in 2014 and put together an excellent season. The junior averaged 5.4 yards per carry for 1,489 yards with 11 touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 41 catches for 458 yards and a score.
Allen is a physical back who has a nice burst. He has had some ball-security issues though. Allen is a one-cut downhill runner who would fit well in a zone-blocking scheme. He also has enough strength to him to pick up yards after contact. At the Combine though, Allen recorded one of the lowest bench press totals of any back (11) and that was surprising considering his size. However, he bounced back with a nice run in the 40.
8/27/14: After firing Lane Kiffin, the Trojans rediscovered their ground game. They had a stable of talented backs, but Allen managed to stand out. He finished the season on tear with big games against Oregon State (16-133), California (6-135), Colorado (21-145) and UCLA (20-123). Allen averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 785 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 252 yards. Allen should be better in 2014.
Josh Shaw, CB/S, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 201. 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2014): 3-5.
4/25/15: Shaw played in both the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl. He is strong and put together well with some press-man skills, but for the NFL, his best fit could come as a rangy safety who can cover tight ends and running backs. Shaw is still stiff to turn and run with receivers, plus doesn't always play the ball well. His weaknesses could be masked at safety.
Shaw was suspended for the majority of the 2014 season. He was activated late in the year and saw some playing time. Shaw's suspension stemmed from having lied about how he injured his ankles before the season. His initial claim had been about saving his nephew from drowning, but eventually led to an investigation by the LAPD for a domestic-violence issue. Shaw could go in the mid-rounds or fall undrafted in the wake of the NFL dealing with a domestic-violence controversy and the lack of tape from his senior year.
8/27/14: Shaw started out his collegiate career at Florida before transferring to USC. Shaw redshirted with the Gators in 2010 and had 22 tackles as a backup in 2011. The NCAA granted Shaw a hardship waiver because of illnesses in the family, so he played right away for the Trojans in 2012. Shaw started the final seven games at cornerback and had 30 tackles with six deflections and two interceptions.
Shaw showed improved coverage skills in 2013 and also played some free safety. He totaled 67 tackles with four interceptions and seven passes broken up. Shaw has good size for a corner with the athletic ability to excel in coverage. The senior could rise during 2014, but it would help him to play corner or safety permanently.
Hayes Pullard, ILB, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 240. 40 Time: 4.78. Projected Round (2015): 4-6.
4/25/15: In 2014, Pullard was a steady presence who showed an ability to contribute on three downs. He has athleticism, instincts and lots of experience after being a 4-year contributor. The senior notched 95 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, eight passes broken up and an interception in 2014. He could be a nice value pick in the mid-rounds.
Pullard had 94 tackles with eight for a loss and an interception in 2013. As a sophomore, he recorded 107 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss and an interception.
Randall Telfer, TE, USC
Height: 6-4. Weight: 260. Projected 40 Time: 4.73. Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.
4/27/15: Telfer caught 21 balls for 197 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. He was used mainly as a blocker. Telfer didn't run at the Combine.
8/27/14: Telfer has been the Trojans' blocking tight end the past two seasons. With Xavier Grimble in the NFL, the senior should get a bigger opportunity to contribute as a receiver in 2014.
In 2013, Telfer caught six passes for 78 yards with a score. He had 12 receptions for 100 yards and four touchdowns the year before. His biggest production came as a freshman with 26 catches for 273 yards and five touchdowns. Telfer has the potential to produce more.
George Farmer, WR, USC
Height: 6-1. Weight: 220. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2015): FA.
4/27/15: Farmer was a former superstar recruit who never played up to the hype. He missed 2013 with a knee injury and came back to record 25 receptions for 314 yards and four touchdowns in his final season for the Trojans. Farmer should have gone back to school and could easily go undrafted. He did not participate in the Combine.
Andre Heidari, K, USC
Height: 5-11. Weight: 220. Projected Round (2015): FA.
4/25/15: Heidari made 9-of-11 field goals in 2014. He hit a huge 53-yarder and a short field goal to push USC to a 13-10 win over Stanford. Heidari also hit a 52-yarder against Boston College.
8/27/14: Heidari made a slight improvement in kicking in 2013, but the junior still was disappointing as he made 15-of-22 field goal attempts. He missed five kicks in the 40+-yard range. Heidari showed some potential in 2011 as a freshman. He was 15-of-17 on field goals and didn't miss an extra point on 50 attempts. Heidari wasn't as good in 2012 as he was 10-of-16 on field goals and 39-of-41 on extra points.
Aundrey Walker, G, USC
Height: 6-6. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.18. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.
4/27/15: Walker was slowed in the early going of 2014 as he continued to work his way back from offseason ankle surgery. Walker had a good athletic skill set and is sleeper lineman who has upside for the NFL. He did not participate in the Combine.
8/27/14: The Trojans moved Walker inside to guard for 2013. That paid off as he was vastly improved there. However, Walker's year ended early with a broken ankle against UCLA. That ankle injury continued to bother him during fall training camp. He has a lot of athletic ability and a skill set to develop.
Walker had a rough start to the 2012 season as the replacement for Matt Kalil. Walker started the first seven games and showed some improvement, but he didn't finish the season well against UCLA. The sophomore was simply a misfit at left tackle.
Walker was a top recruit out of Cleveland, Ohio. He is a good athlete, but needs to improve his fundamentals, footwork and get stronger.
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