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Pittman, Jackson perform at NFL Combine

USC sent just two players to the NFL Combine this year, but both–offensive tackle Austin Jackson and wide receiver Michael Pittman–have visions of going fairly high in the upcoming draft.

While neither blew the field away with their performances on Thursday, both will likely be pleased with their showings and they did everything they needed to do on Thursday.

The biggest question regarding Pittman would be his time in the 40-yard dash. Pittman turned in an official time of 4.52, which is .02 seconds faster than the time turned in by Juju Smith-Schuster and just .01 second slower than Robert Woods–two former Trojan receivers doing just fine for themselves in the NFL right now. Pittman checked in at 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds.

Pittman added 13 reps on the bench press, 36.5 inch vertical jump, 121 inch broad jump, 6.96-second 3-cone drill, 4.14-second 20-yard shuttle and was his usual reliable self catching passes. Pittman’s 3-cone mark was fourth-best of the wide receivers who participated in it and his 20-yard shuttle was No. 2.

Jackson put up 27 reps on the bench press, tied for No. 8 among offensive linemen. He measured in at 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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