If you look at USC’s roster, the Trojans look like they could be No. 1 in next year’s preseason polls. But in my story today, I discuss how there could be a large group of players turning pro, which means USC needs to treat this year with an all-or-nothing mentality.
Excerpt: Will quarterback Sam Darnold, tailback Ronald Jones, wide receiver Deontay Burnett, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, right tackle Chuma Edoga, defensive tackle Rasheem Green, linebacker Porter Gustin, linebacker Cameron Smith, cornerback Iman Marshall or safety Marvell Tell all return?
Even if Darnold ignored projections as one of the top three picks in the NFL Draft and returned for 2018, it could be a vastly different team if most of his draft-eligible teammates departed. The defense alone could take a huge hit as many mock drafts list Marshall, Gustin, Smith and Green as players capable of being selected in the first three rounds.