This week’s NFL Draft Notebook has a heavy emphasis on the USC Trojans. We start off by looking at the school’s top prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft and also take a look at how former USC star Jordan Addison fits in with the Minnesota Vikings.
In addition to looking at those topics this week’s article previews the top outside linebackers in the 2024 NFL Draft, highlights a couple of rookies who are making noise in training camp, and much more.
USC NFL Draft Prospects
Caleb Williams, QB, First Round
There is no doubt who the top player at USC is and that is Heisman Throphy winning quarterback Caleb Williams.
Williams has all the traits to be a franchise quarterback including a strong arm, quick release, and the mobility to make plays happen when things break down. Going into the season Williams is the overwhelming favorit to be the top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Calen Bullock, S, Second Round
One of the best ballhawks in the 2024 NFL Draft is USC safety, Calen Bullock. Bullock made an impressive five interceptions last year, which ranked 11th in the nation. This ability to play the ball and his lack of aggression vs. the run will make most NFL teams view him as a free safety.
Dorian Singer, WR, Fifth Round
If USC’s offense wasn’t powerful enough last year, this offseason they added one of the top wide receiver transfers in Dorian Singer from Arizona. In 2022, Singer caught 66 passes for 1,105 yards and was named to the All-PAC 12 team. Singer’s top trait is his strong hands which consistently allows him to make the tough catch in traffic.
Tahj Washington, WR, Fifth Round
Tahj Washington was recently named to NFL Draft Notebook’s All-Underrated team, due to his dynamic playmaking ability. He has both the speed to get behind defenders and the agility to make defenders after the catch. In the NFL he will likely find a role as a slot wide receiver and kick returner.
Mario Williams, WR, Sixth Round
Another USC wide receiver who carries a draftable grade is Mario Williams. Williams was a highly thought of recruit coming out of high school, but unfortunately, he has yet to live up to that billing. Last season, he battled a hamstring injury that cost him two games and he was only able to finish third on the team with 40 receptions. One area he can work on is catching the ball with his hands instead of letting it get into his body.
Eric Gentry, OLB, Seventh Round
Yet another USC prospect who started his career off at another school is linebacker Eric Gentry who originally committed to Arizona State. Gentry’s biggest issue is he must add weight to his six-foot-seven frame since his 205-pound frame was routinely outmuscled last year. He has already started to address this issue by adding 18 pounds of muscle this offseason.