After only having three players drafted in the entire NFL Draft, plenty of USC draft eligible juniors and seniors alike found new homes across the NFL landscape shortly after Mr. Irrelevant concluded this weekend's festivities.
As the picks continued to roll along, and top-flight USC contributors remained away from NFL clubs, players were wondering where opportunities were going to come by at the next level. Senior captain Devon Kennard was selected in the fifth round by the New York Giants but no other Trojan player was selected in the final day of the NFL Draft.
Can't believe my boy @dbailey_18 isn't picked yet! He is one of the most athletic players I've ever seen and can play any position.— Cody Kessler✝ (@CodyKessler6) May 10, 2014
It should be told that the Trojans have seen a major decrease in drafted players since the start of the Lane Kiffin Era. Whether that's connected, or the scholarship limitations have any factor, it's up to your interpretation. In the past recruiting cycle, USC has had nine players drafted in 2011, but then just 10 combined in 2012, 2013 and the 2014 draft.
DION BAILEY- Philadelphia Eagles
The first player off the free agent board was Dion Bailey, the hybrid safety-linebacker who started 33 games over his three-year career. Bailey, through his Instragram account, verified that he will be joining the Seattle Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll. The 2013 All-Pac-12 Second Team selection will now play for the best defense in the NFL.
MORGAN BRESLIN - San Francisco 49ers
KEVIN GRAF - Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Graf will join the man he protected in college, Matt Barkley, on the Philadelphia Eagles.— Josh Webb (Twist) (@FightOnTwist) May 11, 2014
XAVIER GRIMBLE - New York Giants
If USC TE Xavier Grimble to #giants is accurate - saw tape w/him lined up in 4 spots: wide, slot, H-back and as in-line TE— GiantsWFAN (@giantswfan) May 11, 2014
JOHN MARTINEZ - Seattle Seahawks
Martinez, one of the final players (along with De'Von Flournoy) recruited by Pete Carroll before he left for the Seattle Seahawks, has been given a unique opportunity to compete on the offensive line with the Super Bowl Championship roster starting this fall.
of course he has RT @ShawnFace: Per his father. USC Guard John Martinez has signed to the Seattle Seahawks.— Josh Webb (Twist) (@FightOnTwist) May 11, 2014
SILAS REDD - Washington Redskins
Well done Silas Redd ! Will have a long NFL career!— Pat Haden (@ADHadenUSC) May 11, 2014
GEORGE UKO - New Orleans Saints
DEMETRIUS WRIGHT - Miami Dolphins