What 10 Underclassmen Might Go To The NFL?

Clay Helton said he is getting NFL evaluations for 10 players. But the list of players who might go pro is really less than that: Porter Gustin has been hurt all year; Iman Marshall’s had a disappointing junior season; Cameron Smith’s told teammates he is coming back; Deontay Burnett is not physically ready for the NFL.

The real decisions are being made by Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones, Rasheem Green, Toa Lobendahn, Marvell Tell and Chuma Edoga.

I’m hearing Lobendahn is likely to go pro. Jones needs to go pro because he is a tailback and they tend to have shorter pro careers. Darnold should go pro if he is a top 5 pick. That leaves Green, Tell and Edoga.

Green is probably the most intriguing prospect to NFL teams and it would not surprise me if he leaves. Tell probably should come back for another season. Edoga is immature enough to leave even though he was wildly inconsistent (at best) this year.

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  • LamontRaymond

    Sam’s situation is exactly like Marcus Mariota after his redshirt Soph season. Would have been a top 5 pick and came back.

    • Michael Guarino

      So….there’s reason for Trojan hope? [But what do think the odds are that we have Sam for 2018]?

      • LamontRaymond

        55/45 that he’ll stay. Doesn’t want to be another Sanchez, and his background is too similar to Barkley – loves the school, no need to support his family or an entourage. So no real pressure to QB for the shiftless Browns.

        • Gabby

          Did you listen to Sam’s podcast when he had Leinart on as a guest. Leinart makes some good points about coming back for another year

        • Michael Guarino

          I’d say that 55/45 (for sticking around) is about right, Lamont. It’s no lock —but I think odds slightly favor USC holding on to Sam for 2018.

        • gotroy22

          But the Browns will take the Heisman Trophy winner .

  • Pudly76

    5* lb Palaie Gaoteote shuts down all recruitment and will take no more visits… also USC is hosting a 6’0” 230lb 4* running back and former Nd commit this weekend along with Carman

    • StokaNoka

      Yes! Just saw this as well. And after many people thought he was going to flip. 2 top lbs already, solo’s pledge should be next. Fight on!

      • Pudly76

        Mauga from HI is a stud too, little known but going to be big time

      • gotroy22

        When will you be publishing your review of The Last Jedi, Gollllly Noiiiid?

        • Gabby

          He needs to hurry-up. I’m going with the family to watch it on Christmas Eve

          • Michael Guarino

            Please bring us up to date on how they handle Princess Leia’s departure…..
            I’d rather hear it from you.
            #StokaNokaMayNotBeAbleToFollowPlot

          • Gabby

            #StokaNokaMayNotBeAbleToFollowPlot

            LOL!….. Thanks for the laugh, it triggers the release of endorphins and makes my back feel better

          • Michael Guarino

            Back pain! The worst. What’s the cause? Golf? Tennis? The heavy bag? I fricking hate the aftermath of serious exercise anymore —but I do it anyway [and get yelled at for being an idiot by my wife].

          • Gabby

            I had Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) and had a level one bone fusion. . Periodically, I still get lower back spasms in the L5-S1 area of my back.. It’s something that I have come to live with, but it never completely goes away.

          • Michael Guarino

            “Something I’ve come to live with.” Man, Gabby! You are one tough dude! [I promise to not complain and act like a fricking baby the next time I get a mild case of tennis elbow]!
            Fight On, Gabby!

          • Gabby

            Thanks, Michael!

            (looks like we got an unhappy camper, StokaNoka)

          • Michael Guarino

            The way he’s acting just proves he’s Golllly Noiiiiiid. Notice the way he said “ONE of the movies”??? How does he know there was more than one?!!!
            #ItAllLooksPrettyDamnSuspicious

          • Gabby

            Yes!…..your Lawyer instincts come into play. I take it, he has posted under multiple aliases. any I might recognize?

          • Michael Guarino

            He has —as recently as a a couple of months ago—but I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve already forgotten them.
            Hopefully, gt will give us the full list soon!

          • Gabby

            gt has a keen nose for this stuff. I will patiently wait for his reply.

          • Michael Guarino

            He won’t let us down, Gabby.
            #ListIsForthcoming

          • gotroy22

            I have zero tolerance for this malicious creep since he went after Michael.

          • Michael Guarino

            Thank you, gt!
            #IfOnlyMyRelativesWereThisLoyal….

          • gotroy22

            Do you remember The One The Only, Wisdom and John Wooden? Those were just a few of his many aliases. Two of his sock puppets, Rose Bowl Bound and FightOn , tried to attack Michael, but forgot to change identities back and forth and one answered for the other, exposing their scheme. Stoka is the latest Gollllyyy Noooiiid alias for this creep since that fiasco.

          • Gabby

            Attacking one of the distinguished members of this blog will not be tolerated…Off with his head!

          • gotroy22

            I was ignoring him for a while but after that outrage I realized he has to be treated like any common household pest.

          • Gabby

            Extermination!….. you have my approval

          • steveg

            I had a lumbar laminectomy and danced out of the hospital pain free. Spasms are the worst, they would drop me like shot from Mohammed Ali.

          • Gabby

            Is that were they trim the bones

          • Pete Smith

            I have had the bones trimmed several times also spacers and pins and it still can be a problem. The key is never over do it . Just a little at a time moderations on pleasure and work

          • steveg

            I went to biking and kayaking, exercise easy.

          • Michael Guarino

            Were you out of the hospital in a day, steveg?
            [That would be amazing].

          • Michael Guarino

            Yeah —I’d say that’s what you’d call total success! Very cool.

          • Pudly76

            At least you earned it this time

          • Michael Guarino

            Ha. [If at first you don’t succeed……]……

          • StokaNoka

            Anyone actually know the reason for this guys hard on and why he thinks I’m someone else? I’m all ears to be informed on this hilarious backstory

          • Gabby

            Do you and gotroy have any history?

          • Michael Guarino

            May I answer for gt?
            #yes

          • StokaNoka

            He seems to think I’m someone else from this blog from like 10 years ago, as far as I’ve been able to figure out. Hence why I’m looking to others for answers lol

          • gotroy22

            Yes it’s a mystery to Gollllly Noiiiid how he continually outs himself.

          • StokaNoka

            Please explain. Did this Golly character touch you someplace you didn’t like? Or maybe stopped touching and you’ve had a grudge ever since?

          • gotroy22

            We all wonder what the reason is for your hard on for The Blogger. 12 years is a long time to stalk someone, Gollllly Noiiiid. I heard he turned you down in the mens room at Doheny Libes and you never forgave him for not accepting your alternative lifestyle.

          • StokaNoka

            Wolf is that you? “The Blogger”? You crack me up goboy

          • gotroy22

            You disgust me you perverted stalker. You really are a dangerous loon. 12 years stalking a sports blogger is a sign of real insanity.

          • StokaNoka

            12 years ago I would’ve been almost too old for your best buddy Roy Moore to hit on. I can tell from your dementia filled repetence your brain ain’t got much left in the tank

          • Michael Guarino

            Does wanting to dress up as a geisha boy really qualify as an alternative lifestyle, gt?
            #HopeScott’sRejectionWasGentle

        • StokaNoka

          When your mother leaves my home from the private screening. Also, shouldn’t you be actually looking for your real “golly” friend you’ve been longing for? And all your repeated Star Wars reference you regurgitate seem to be a sign of dementia. Hit your head while watching one of the movies?

          • gotroy22

            You are the latest sock puppet of your long running series that included The One The Only, Wisdom and John Wooden, Gollllly Noiiddd. You always use the same “dude” and “your mother” lines so it is easy to expose you. You really aren’t that smart. No wonder you have lost 321 Starrrrrr Warrrrrsss contests in a row.

          • StokaNoka

            Lmao you really are a trip, Must be your tin foil hat that you fitted too small. Keep thinking I’m whoever that is, since it lets your old sack self sleep at night. And that person must’ve really done a number on your psyche huh? I almost would applaud them.

          • gotroy22

            Poor Golllly Noiiid is too lazy to give up on his latest sock puppet after being outed.

          • StokaNoka

            Keep believing your paranoia, I’m sure it’s gotten you far in life tin foil.

          • gotroy22

            Keep denying, Gollly Noooiddd. Being a lying snake has sure turned out well for you. You are a waster of food.

    • trojan_1972

      Nice!

  • Trojans 6942

    I think that’s the most astute analysis SW has ever given since I’ve I’ve been on the blog.

    • Michael Guarino

      This is what it looks like when Scott decides to do it ‘straight’. [But my guess is Scott would rather be in jail cell with Lane Kiffin than post 2 articles like this in a row]….
      #…ItProbablyWouldGetBoring,”Anyways”

      • Trojans 6942

        It really was refreshing.

        • Michael Guarino

          Yep. I doubt you’ll find a clearer assessment of who’s staying and who’s going anywhere else.
          [Now we have to be hoping for two contradictory things to happen —(1) Sam has a great Cotton Bowl and (2) Sam is not projected as a top five pick after the game].

          • Jack B

            That’s the best dumb Bobble Head Ed imitation I’ve ever read!

          • Michael Guarino

            Yea!

  • StokaNoka

    Green should leave if his grade comes back 2nd or higher. Tell as well. Darnold has the Luck/Mariota effect, hell be drafted in the same area whether he stays or not.
    If Lobendahn comes back he’s gonna get moved back inside anyway. Edoga can pull a Mama, but if he comes back he’ll be much better next year, just boot Callaway.

  • Fred Sampson

    Toa’s going pro ? Really?!!! He better stay in school, and enjoy his football playing experience, because he’s not NFL material..IMO

    • LamontRaymond

      absolutely

    • Pasadena Trojan

      He is a free agent/ practice squad player until he improves. Another year will help.

      • Fred Sampson

        He’s injury prone, and has the body of an oversized linebacker, he does not have the build of a NFL offensive lineman

    • Linkster

      agree. There is no one on the current offensive line that is “pro” material IMO. Not happening.

      • Fred Sampson

        Exactly

  • Jack B

    I think Darnold and Jones are outa here and grade the highest. If Darnold has a poor Cotton Bowl, he stays, but I think he’ll bring it against the Bucks, and his #1 pick status will be too hard to ignore, especially since Barkley and Leinart stayed and it hurt their pocket books big.

    I can’t believe Lobendahn would even consider leaving, since he’s just a guy.

    • Ignore_the_trolls

      But Barkley and Leinart were coming off stellar seasons — Sam not so much IMO. I don’t see Sam hurting himself by staying (I say selfishly).

      • Jack B

        If Sam has a good Cotton Bowl, he’s #1. Nowhere to go but down from there.

        • Michael Guarino

          May I fill in for Ed Garrett and ask: What’s keeping Sam from going up from there?

          • Jack B

            Why wait a year if you are already #1, unless you just like school more than the opportunity? With USC’s less than stellar OL, and Darnold’s playing style, injury is always an increased possibility.

          • Michael Guarino

            Darn. I was hoping that I got a pass for asking a dumb question by posing as Ed.

          • Trojans 6942

            Absolutely it would take some special player who just loves college and playing for he’s team and coach. Sam’s gone. He’s top 3 no matter unless of a horrific injury.

          • Arturo

            The Cleveland Browns

      • Linkster

        Barkley’s junior year was stellar but not his senior year. He got hurt big time for staying around with the “unfinished business” deal.

        • Jack B

          Barkley was as loyal a soldier as they come. His senior year was just way off the rails with the picks and all. He just never had the arm but really managed to hide it for a long time. Not sure how.

          • Pete Smith

            Matt was very special Trojan.

    • Gabby

      Wheeler has worked his way into the starting lineup with NY.

      • Jack B

        I doubt Toa could even make a roster. But guys like this leave early all the time from every school. Some are just done with the college experience, have other needs, and can’t see themselves hanging around any longer.

      • SUCLA

        Damien Mama just got signed by the Giants.

    • Trojans 6942

      Unless money is a quick fix priority, Lobendahn stays because he’s playing out of position. He’ll play center next year. Get a second or maybe 1st round grade. The guy took it for the team this year.

      • Jack B

        That’s a pretty herculean jump for someone who seems like free agent material to me. More power to him if he could ever pull off a trick like that.

      • Trojan96

        Good call! Toa is great Center. Horrible tackle. He should come back next year. I think Green will come me back for one more year as well. With his stats, he’ll have a ton of hype next year. I also cannot see Tell leaving either.

  • Pasadena Trojan

    For my selfish reason, I hope Darnold comes back. Why take a chance with Cleveland or the Giants. Maybe he can be drafted next year in 2019 by New Orleans or Miami and learn under the tutelage of the two stating qb’s. Brees and Cutler are getting up there in age. NO’s is a playoff type team and Miami has improved.

    • Gabby

      Cutler is gone after this season….just saying

  • Gabby

    FYI…..Yesterday,.Damien Mama was signed to the active roster of the NY Giants from the KC Chiefs practice squad and Zach Banner is currently on the Cleveland Browns active roster

    • Pudly76

      If mama plays he’ll likely be side by side with chad wheeler who’s been playing the last couple of weeks

      • Gabby

        I’m glad they’re getting a chance to play in the NFL. It’s a dream come-true that’s taken many years of hardwork…….

  • Linkster

    Edoga a pro? Please…nice young man but the kid can’t stay onside for crying out loud. Slow, bad footwork. Not Sunday material.

    • LamontRaymond

      All true, but let’s just say he’s “ready” and move on…

  • jim

    If I was SC, I would definitely get rid of Ronnie Bradford. He’s not a good recruiter and not really a very good coach. Our D-Backs didn’t do the job this year. We need another Deland Maccullah. SC should seriously think about Demetrious Martin from UCLA. He’s a great recruiter. He’s the best recruiter the Bruins had. The only reason Darnay Holmes went to UCLA was because of him. I’m not sure what kind of a coach he is but he can’t be all that bad. UCLA was 40th in the nation in pass defense and that’s good considering we’re in the pass happy Pac-12. USC finished 117th in pass defense.

  • steveg

    I have a hard time seeing Edoga as a pro for some reason. I hope Tell stays for 18. If Green stays that is huge for the DL. Darnold should come back for the PT he will get and it will be his 4th season as a QB.

  • Arturo

    If Toa goes pro, he should so as a C or G. High football IQ too small to be a T. Chuma’s better than most think. With the right coach and in the right locker room, he could surprise people.

  • Sebastian Lane

    How about some positive news? Damien Mama signs with the NY Giants and Leon McQuay gets a roster spot with the Chiefs. Why always just the bad stuff?

  • David Keeling

    The way this coaching staff underachieves player development, who is going to replace 2-O-linemen, 2-D-linemen and a QB you get every 10 years, it will take a miracle for this coaching staff to prevent more losses than 16 & 17 combined and, a real threat to take over college football interest in LA, Swann has to see trouble down the road.