USC led all schools with 10 players selected in the NFL draft. In Pete Carrolls seven years at USC, 42 players were drafted by the NFL, including 11 in the first round.
Tailback Chauncey Washington was picked in the seventh round by Jacksonville (where the running backs coach is former USC assistant Kennedy Pola).
Pete Carroll said right before the draft he thought Washington would be taken in the third round. And many thought his 4.35 time in the 40 on Pro Day increased his stock. Such is the fickle world of predicting draft picks.
In Fridays feature for the Daily News, we wrote about the chances of a good showing for USC in the draft, mainly because of the strong character of the senior class. A lot of these players were considered “quiet, but also let their play speak for itself. Never a bad thing.
The Day 1 result (seven players selected in the first two rounds) should finally bury the disappointing 2006 draft, when only two players were selected in the first round and rehabilitate USCs image that maybe NFL teams were wary of Trojans (reinforced by Dwayne Jarretts second-round pick and poor rookie season).
One player worth noting from the first round was offensive tackle Sam Baker. It seemed like NFL teams lowered his status and by Pro Day, he took some snaps at center in a bid to raise his stock.
But he got sterling reviews from the USC coaching staff and tackles were a hot commodity in the first round. So that expected slip to the second round never happened.
Think Sedrick Ellis is excited to be back with Ed Orgeron, who’s the defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints?
Here’s what he said about the reunion on his conference call today.
“One thing about that guy is that you know what youre going to get with him. Youre going to work and hes going to make you a better football player. Youre not going to stay the same youre always going to get better with Coach Orgeron. Im looking forward to getting back in a system with him where I can work and get better as a football player and never stay the same. This is really exciting. Im kind of at a loss for words.”