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Trojan Draft Evaluation Reports

by Jeremy Shapiro, WeAreSC

Leonard Williams – Defensive End – Junior

Measurements: Height: 6’5” – Weight: 302 pounds – 34 5/8” Arm Length – 10 5/8” Hands

Stats

2014: 80 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 1 interception, 3 pass break ups, 3 forced fumbles

2013: 73 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 punt block

2012: 64 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 8 sacks 1 interception

Combine Results: 40-yard dash: 4.97 – Vertical Jump: 29 ½” – 3-Cone Drill: 7.59 -20-yard dash: 2.88 – Broad Jump: 8’10” – 10-yard dash: 1.73 – Shuttle: 4.53

Strengths                                                                                      

  • Freakish athleticism for his size
  • Unblockable one on one
  • Scratching the surface on his potential
  • Quick burst to beat interior linemen
  • Incredibly long arms, svelte 300 pounds
  • Flashes pursuit speed to catch players from behind
  • Powerful hands
  • Explodes out of his hips
  • Capable of playing anywhere on the defensive line

Weaknesses

  • Technique can be sloppy
  • Hasn’t even filled out his frame
  • Gets caught standing up too often

Personal

  • I don’t care if you were a water girl, coach, Pat Haden or fan—Leonard treated them all with respect and sincerity.
  • Very rough childhood, father is in prison.
  • Jovial, humble and modest
  • Leads by example
  • Played on a high ankle sprain against Stanford and dominated. Played with a torn labrum in 2013.

Grading Scale

  • Against Run: 9
  • Pass Rush: 9
  • Pursuit: 9
  • Tackling: 9
  • Initial Quickness: 10
  • Recognition: 8
  • Neutralizing Blocks: 9
  • Key and Diagnose: 9
  • Production: 10
  • Mental Toughness: 10

Total: 92

Draft Projection: Top 5 pick

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Nelson Agholor – Wide Receiver – Junior

Measurements: Height: 6’ – Weight: 194 pounds – Arms: 32 ¼” Arms – Hands: 9 ¼”

Stats

2014: 104 receptions, 1313 receiving yards, 12.6 yards per catch, 12 touchdowns

2013: 56 receptions, 918 receiving yards, 16.4 yards per catch, 6 touchdowns

2012: 19 receptions, 340 receiving yards, 17.9 yards per catch, 2 touchdowns

13.8 yards per punt return, 4 touchdowns

Combine Results: 40-yard dash: 4.42 – 20-yard dash: 2.59, 10-yard dash: 1.59, 225-pound bench: 12 reps

Strengths

  • Elusive in the open field
  • Can stop on a dime
  • Displays acceleration
  • Balanced route-runner
  • Catches the ball at its highest point
  • Explosive game-breaker
  • Natural hands
  • Instinctive, student of the game, tireless worker

Weaknesses

  • Susceptible to drops
  • Wiry frame with limited bulk
  • Disappointing UCLA game film
  • Lacks sideline awareness
  • Inability to regularly break tackles
  • Not a strong run blocker, struggles against press coverage

Personal

  • Moved from Lagos, Nigeria to Tampa when he was five.
  • Student of the game who has a burning desire to be great
  • Gregarious man who is friends with everyone.
  • Coachable, confident player

Grading System

  • Hands: 8
  • Patterns: 9
  • Run after catch: 9
  • Blocking: 7
  • Release: 8
  • React to ball and crowd: 8
  • Initial quickness: 9
  • Acceleration: 9
  • Production: 9
  • Mental Toughness: 8

Total: 85

Draft Projection: 2nd round

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Josh Shaw – Cornerback – Senior

Measurements: Height: 6’ – Weight: 201 pounds,- Arms: 30 ¾” – Hands: 9”

Stats

2014: 11 tackles

2013: 67 tackles, 4 interceptions, 5.5 TFL, 7 pass break ups

2012: 30 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 TFL, 6 pass break ups

2011: 22 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass break up

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.44 – 3 Cone Drill: 7.01 – Bench Press: 26 reps – 20-yard shuttle: 4.12

Vertical Jump: 37.5” – 60-yard shuttle: 11.65 – Broad Jump: 130”

Strengths

  • Incredibly muscular frame
  • Press corner who is physical at the line of scrimmage
  • Attacks on the ball and can tackle in space
  • Capable of shadowing the best wide receiver
  • Can play corner or safety
  • Quick feet and fluid hips
  • Student of the game, quiet confidence, leads by example, durable

Weaknesses

  • Struggles with shifty, speedy receivers
  • Questionable ball skills
  • Lapses in judgment
  • Not a shutdown corner

Personal

  • Shaw was caught in a highly publicized lie at the beginning of the season, but this was an isolated incident that does not define him as a person. He is a high character person and football player. Quiet, hard working student of the game who will be a starting cornerback in the NFL for a long time.

Grading Scale

  • Man-to-man coverage: 8
  • Zone coverage: 7
  • Closing quickness: 8
  • Key and diagnose: 7
  • Lateral pursuit: 7
  • Tackling: 9
  • Pass Drop: 7
  • Pass Coverage: 9
  • Production: 8
  • Leadership: 8

Total: 78

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round Pick

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Javorius “Buck” Allen – Running Back – Redshirt Junior

Measurements: Height: 6’, Weight: 221 pounds, Arm Length: 31 ¾”, Hands: 9 3/8”

Stats

2014: 276 attempts, 1489 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns, 41 receptions, 458 receiving yards, 1 touchdown

2013: 135 attempts, 785 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns, 22 receptions, 252 receiving yards, 1 touchdown

2012: 6 attempts, 32 rushing yards

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.53 – 225 Pound Bench: 11 reps – 3 Cone Drill: 6.96 – Shuttle: 4.28 – 20-yard dash: 2.64 – Vertical Jump: 35.5” – 10-yard dash: 1.58 – Broad Jump: 10’1”

Strengths

  • Three down running back
  • North-South, one-cut runner
  • Muscular build, consistent workhorse
  • Good leg drive, generating yards after contact
  • Soft hands out of the backfield
  • Reliable pass blocker
  • Focal point in pro-style offense
  • Patient runner with strong initial burst
  • Peripheral vision and ability to find openings
  • Quicker than fast

Weaknesses

  • Upright runner
  • Doesn’t finish runs with power at times
  • Displays hesitation and indecisiveness
  • Does not possess breakaway speed

Personal

  • Buck was in Kiffin’s doghouse in the 2012 season, but he took advantage of his opportunity and never looked back.
  • Buck established himself as a top-shelf running back in 2013 and 2014.
  • He will have a long, prosperous NFL career

Grading System

  • Inside Runner: 8
  • Outside Runner: 7
  • Elusive Runner: 7
  • Power Runner: 8
  • Blocker: 9
  • Hands, Routes: 9
  • Durability: 9
  • Leadership: 8
  • Production: 9
  • Mental Toughness: 8

Total: 82

Draft Projection: 2-3 round

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Hayes Pullard – Middle Linebacker – Senior

Measurements: Height: 6’ – Weight: 235 pounds – Arms: 31 ¼”, Hands: 9 5/8”

Stats

2014: 95 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 interception, 8 pass break ups

2013: 94 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 interception, 6 pass break ups

2012: 107 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 interception, 1 pass break up, 2sacks

2011: 81 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 pass break ups, 4 sacks

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.78 – Broad Jumps: 110 inches – Bench Press: 19 reps – 3 Cone Drill: 7.07 seconds – Vertical Jump: 31 inches- 20-yard shuttle: 4.39

Strengths

  • Productive, four-year starter
  • Stout against the run
  • Sideline-to-sideline tackler
  • Patient, instinctive and disciplined
  • Little wasted movement
  • Violent hitter who finishes tackles
  • Durable, two-year captain
  • Can play inside, weak side linebacker and special teams

Weaknesses

  • Can have difficulty getting off blocks
  • Gets beat by bigger tight ends in coverage
  • Doesn’t have make-up speed on seam routes
  • Does not have violent hands
  • Not a game-changing player who will cause turnovers and sacks

Personal

  • Hayes was the heart and soul of the Trojans defense for the past two years.
  • Vocal leader who will positively contribute to the locker room.
  • Policy, planning and development major. Spent time in Haiti building homes with teammates; contributes to the community

Grading Scale

  • Versus Inside Run: 8
  • Versus Outside Run: 7
  • Blitz/Pass Rush: 6
  • Key and Diagnose: 7
  • Lateral Pursuit: 7
  • Tackling: 8
  • Pass Drop: 6
  • Pass Coverage: 6
  • Production: 9
  • Leadership: 10

Total: 74

Draft Projection: 4th-6th Round Pick

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J.R. Tavai – Outside Linebacker – Senior

Measurements: Height: 6’1” – Weight: 252 pounds – Arms: 31 ½” – Hands: 9 1/8”

Stats

2014: 53 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 2 pass break ups, 3 forced fumbles

2013: 56 tackles, 8 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 3 QB hurries

2012: 17 tackles, 2.5 TFL

2011: 4 tackles, 1 TFL

Strengths

  • Gets off the snap quickly
  • Relentless motor
  • High-energy player
  • Powerful hands and light on his feet
  • Played defensive end and outside linebacker
  • Plays with a chip on his soldier after coming into USC as a three star recruit
  • Gets consistent pressure on quarterbacks
  • Fundamentally sound technique
  • Showed consistent improvement

Weaknesses

  • Undersized for a defensive end, but slow for an outside linebacker
  • Liability in pass coverage
  • Lacks closing quickness
  • Battled injuries during career

Personal

  • Genuine, coachable, smart and has tenacious work ethic.
  • He played defensive tackle, defensive end, but has found a home at outside linebacker.
  • Tavai is a crafty, deceptively athletic player who will carve out a nice career for himself.

Grading Scale

  • Versus inside run: 8
  • Versus outside run: 7
  • Blitz/Pass Rush: 8
  • Key and diagnose: 7
  • Lateral pursuit: 6
  • Tackling: 8
  • Pass Drop: 6
  • Pass Coverage/Hands: 6
  • Production: 8
  • Leadership: 9

Total: 73

Draft Projection: 4th to 6th round pick

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Randall Telfer – Tight End – Senior

Measurements: Height: 6’4” – Weight: 250 pounds – Arm Length: 33 ½” – Hands: 9 5/8”

Stats

2014: 21 receptions, 197 yards, 2 touchdowns, 9.4 yards per reception

2013: 6 receptions, 78 yards, 1 touchdown, 13 yards per reception

2012: 12 receptions, 100 yards, 4 touchdowns, 8.3 yards per reception

2011: 26 receptions, 273 yards, 5 touchdowns, 10.5 yards per reception

Strengths

  • Great size for the position
  • Moves well and has solid hands
  • Can seal the edge and create running lanes
  • Gritty player who plays through injuries
  • Deceptive, savvy movements to find creases in the defense

Weaknesses

  • Plagued with injuries during his career
  • Needs to fine tune his route running
  • Not a huge threat in the passing game. Never was the clear cut top tight end for USC

Personal

  • Randall’s a standup guy and a leader who never really put it all together at USC, because of injuries and play calling.
  • Well liked by teammates, coaches and the entire football staff.
  • Well-spoken and received his bachelor’s degree in political science.

Grading Scale

  • Hands: 7
  • Patterns: 7
  • Receive Long and Short: 6
  • Run after catch: 7
  • Blocker: 8
  • Release: 7
  • React to ball and crowd: 7
  • Initial Quickness: 6
  • Production: 6
  • Leadership: 8

Total: 69

Draft Projection: 6th or 7th round pick

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George Farmer – Wide Receiver – Redshirt Junior

Measurements: Height: 6’ – Weight: 213 pounds

Stats

2014: 25 receptions, 314 yards, 4 touchdowns, 12.6 yards per catch

2013: Tore his ACL and MCL

2012: 1 reception, 7 yards

2011: 4 receptions, 42 yards

Strengths

  • Blazing speed. George was the fastest player on the team last season.
  • Big, muscular frame
  • Strong and willing blocker
  • Solid hands
  • Father played in the NFL—good pedigree

Weaknesses

  • Disappointing production
  • Poor lateral agility
  • Plagued by injuries
  • One trick pony, but can blow the top off the defense.

Personal

  • George was a 5 star recruit and the number one receiver in the nation when signed with USC.
  • Had a rough injury history and could be a more productive player in the NFL. His physical tools are intriguing enough to warrant a late round draft pick.

Grading Scale

  • Hands: 7
  • Patterns: 7
  • Receive long and short: 8
  • Run after catch: 6
  • Blocking: 8
  • Release: 8
  • React to ball and crowd: 7
  • Initial Quickness: 7
  • Production: 5
  • Leadership: 7

Total: 71

Draft Projection: 6th or 7th round pick

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Aundrey Walker – Offensive Lineman – Senior

Measurements: Height: 6’5” – Weight: 292 pounds

Career

2012: Started eight games at left tackle. Had an inconsistent season and is better suited for guard.

2013: Walker started 10 games at right guard and appeared in all 12 before breaking his left ankle against UCLA. He was a reliable, road grader all season for the Trojans.

2014: Served as a backup after recovering from an injury and was overtaken on the depth chart by a true freshman.

Pro Day Measurements: 40-yard dash: 5.14 – Broad Jump: 8’10”Vertical Jump: 33.5”

Strengths

  • Tremendous size and thick frame
  • Possesses upper and lower body strength
  • Shows flashes of dominance
  • Gifted skill set
  • Latches on to defenses and finishes blocks
  • Propensity to get to the second level
  • Played offensive guard and both tackle positions

Weaknesses

  • Inconsistent player
  • Struggles with speed rushers
  • Sloppy technique
  • Lack of balance and poor hand placement
  • Erratic in pass protection
  • Lacks standout work ethic
  • Seems uninterested at times

Personal

  • Walker has shown flashes of brilliance during his career at USC, but never lived up to his full potential.
  • The offensive line coach must light a fire under him.
  • Had a very strong season in 2013 and was a huge reason why the Trojans rushed for 173 yards per game on 4.5 yards per carry.

Grading System

  • Initial Quickness: 6
  • Run Block: 8
  • Pass Block: 6
  • Pull and Trap: 7
  • Use of Hands: 7
  • Strength: 9
  • Explosion: 6
  • Production: 7
  • Mental Toughness: 5
  • Leadership: 5

Total: 66

Draft Projection: Priority Undrafted Free Agent



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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