After taking the title of QB U and then not placing among the top 10 programs when it came to RB U, the Trojans are back in the mix for WR U in NFL.com’s lated Pipelines to the Pros edition.
Sixteen former USC wide receivers contributed points as USC landed at No. 6 on the list, which looks at professional success enjoyed by a program’s players in their first five years in the NFL.
NFL.com’s Pipelines to the Pros series running this week. The project looks at just the last 20 years and specifically, how productive each programs’ players were in the NFL as draft picks and during their first five years in the league.
The scoring system awards 10 points to a top-10 picks, eight points to a non-top-10 first rounder, four to a player drafted in rounds two through three, and two points to someone drafted in the fourth round or later.
The list was headlined by LSU, which was nearly 100 points clear of USC thanks to 50+ point contributions from Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Dwayne Bowe.
USC was led by Nelson Agholor (45 points), Robert Woods (40.5 points), Keary Colbert (36 points) and Mike Williams (27 points).
Juju Smith-Schuster already has 25.5 points and two more seasons to add to that total. Michael Pittman is on the board with four points, and should be a contributor to the program total for the next five seasons.
Ohio State, Florida, Miami and Florida State landed between LSU and USC. Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Notre Dame rounded out the top 10.
This is a position where USC could continue to climb. Pittman is in a good situation with the Indianapolis Colts and the Trojans are likely to pump wide receivers into the NFL Draft over the next few seasons. Tyler Vaughns will be eligible for the next draft and Amon-Ra St. Brown could make himself eligible as well. Drake London has shown his NFL potential already, while second-year players Bru McCoy, Munir McClain, John Jackson III and Kyle Ford have the talent to hear their names called at some point as well.