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Darnold shines at Pro Day

All eyes were on USC quarterback Sam Darnold at USC Pro Day on Wednesday as the USC quarterback went through a workout that included around 60 throws in the rain in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams.

Sam was given the opportunity to move his throwing session to avoid the rain but he elected to throw at his scheduled time in order to show the teams that the adversity of throwing in the rain was not a big deal. His receivers included Steven Mitchell, Ronald Jones and James Toland but Deontay Burnett did not take part due to a lingering hamstring issue.

Hue Jackson, the head coach from Cleveland, was in attendance (as was the owner Jimmy Haslam) and the Browns also have a QB coach in Ken Zampese who was the coach with the Bengals who gave Jordan Palmer his first shot in the NFL. Palmer is the private QB coach that Sam has been working with and that relationship could be important come draft day.

Darrell Rideaux talks about Sam’s performance at Pro Day

Click here to watch video of Jordan Palmer talking about Sam’s release point

HT/WT

QB Sam Darnold: 6-foot-3, 218 lbs
OL Nico Falah: 6-foot-3, 301 lbs
DL Josh Fatu: 6-foot-1, 310 lbs
DL Rasheem Green: 6-foot-4, 274 lbs
DB Chris Hawkins: 5-foot-10, 190 lbs
RB Ronald Jones II: 5-foot-11, 209 lbs
RB Corbin Jountti: 5-foot-11, 207 lbs
DB Matt Lopes: 5-foot-10, 185 lbs
WR Steven Mitchell Jr.: 5-foot-10, 184 lbs
LB Uchenna Nwosu: 6-foot-2, 248 lbs
OL Viane Talamaivao: 6-foot-1, 300 lbs
RB James Toland IV: 5-foot-10, 201 lbs

VERTICAL JUMP
James Toland IV: 35 inches
Steven Mitchell Jr.: 33.5 inches
Corbin Jountti: 33 inches
Nico Falah: 32 inches
Darion Clark: 31.5 inches
Chris Hawkins: 30.5 inches
Matt Lopes: 27 inches
Josh Fatu: 22 inches
Viane Talamaivao: 21 inches

BROAD JUMP
James Toland IV: 10’4″
Uchenna Nwosu: 9’9″
Corbin Jountti: 9’9″
Chris Hawkins: 9’5″
Matt Lopes (pictured): 9’0″
Josh Fatu: 8’6″
Nico Falah: 8’4″
Viane Talamaivao: 7’9″

BENCH PRESS
Josh Fatu: 29
Rasheem Green: 23
Nico Falah: 21
James Toland IV (pictured): 19
Chris Hawkins: 12
Matt Lopes: 10
Corbin Jountti: 9

40-YARD DASH
Steven Mitchell Jr. (pictured): 4.43
Chris Hawkins: 4.60
James Toland IV: 4.61
De’Quan Hampton: 4.69
Matt Lopes: 4.79
Corbin Jountti: 4.91
Nico Falah: 5.13
Viane Talamaivao: 5.42
Josh Fatu: 5.45



Garry Paskwietz
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Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.


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