Saturday, April 24, 2010
Three Trojans selected Saturday
By Pedro Moura
Three USC players rounded out the Trojans' seven-man draft class Saturday.
Defensive end Everson Griffen came off the board first, as the second pick in the fourth round to the Minnesota Vikings, and the New York Jets soon selected running back Joe McKnight after trading up in the fourth round. Former USC coach Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks selected tight end Anthony McCoy in the sixth round.
Griffen enters into an interesting situation in Minnesota, where he'll be able to learn behind one of the game's best defensive ends in Jared Allen. Former USC defensive end Kenechi Udeze was a first-round pick of the Vikings in 2003. McKnight will have a tougher time cracking the rotation in New York, where the Jets already have running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. The Seahawks already have John Carlson and Chris Baker at tight end.
Undrafted Trojans included running back Stafon Johnson, offensive lineman Jeff Byers and Alex Parsons, defensive tackle Averell Spicer and defensive backs Will Harris and Josh Pinkard. After the draft, Johnson signed with the Titans; Byers, Harris and Pinkard reportedly signed with Carroll and the Seahawks and Parsons signed with the Raiders. Spicer is still unsigned.
Some final statistics on the draft: USC didn't have a player selected in the first round for the second time in the last four years, UCLA had a player selected (defensive tackle Brian Price) before USC for the first time since 2002, and the seven Trojans selected were USC's fewest since 2007, when five ex-Trojans were picked.
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