Originally Published: July 9, 2013

All-time USC draft overview

By Garry Paskwietz | WeAreSC

WeAreSC staff members recently got together to hold a draft of all-time USC greats. Each staff member selected a starter at all 22 offensive and defensive positions, along with a kicker, punter and a head coach for a total of 25 picks each. The four staff members -- Garry Paskwietz, Johnny Curren, Steve Bisheff and Greg Katz -- have more than 150 combined years of watching USC football, so there was a good breadth of experience in picking the teams.

Matt Leinart
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images A 37-2 record and a Heisman Trophy added up to the first overall pick in the USC all-time draft for Matt Leinart.

As you can see, the draft strategies provided by each staff member varied. Some went offense early, some went defense. One even went with a head coach in the first round. The initial rounds are filled with names that will be familiar to any USC fan reading, but some of the later picks could surprise, as some positions were harder to fill than others.

Thats what makes a draft like this interesting. When youre going through the annals of USC football, there are some amazing names competing for draft spots. Some will naturally make the list, some will surprise and some will be left out altogether.

Draft order:
No. 1: Johnny Curren
No. 2: Garry Paskwietz
No. 3: Greg Katz
No. 4: Steve Bisheff

First-round picks:
No. 1: QB Matt Leinart
No. 2: TB Charles White
No. 3: Coach John McKay
No. 4: TB Marcus Allen

Click here for complete rosters, draft results and a roundtable with the general managers.

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Roundtable: Experts Talk #HornsNationDraft

The general managers for the all-time Texas draft got together to break down their draft strategies. Click here to get complete rosters, draft results and more.

1. Which player did you want to be certain to get?

Carter Strickland: Texas has been historically horrible at wide receiver, so it was an early priority to grab the best wide receiver in Texas history. That was why at the end of the second round I added Jordan Shipley. The thought was that putting him with Colt McCoy would make for the best quarterback-wide receiver combo of any of the teams. It turns out that thought was correct, as the next receiver taken was Roy Williams, and he was combined with Major Applewhite. After that, Kwame Cavil was selected to pair with Vince Young.

Vince Young
Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesVince Young was drafted No. 2 overall behind his successor, Colt McCoy.

Sean Adams: Regardless of era, I base football around the quarterback, blocking for the quarterback and rushing the quarterback. I knew I needed a great quarterback and leader, and having the second pick, I assumed I would end up with one of the best college quarterbacks ever in Colt McCoy. When he went with the first pick I actually got the player that I coveted most in Vince Young.

Kevin Dunn: I started the process by listing every position 1-10 through my eyes. Then I created a big board of overall players with each position getting a ranking on strength.

Clearly DT and DB were the most loaded. I saw no big difference between my No. 1 DT and the ninth. As much as I would love Casey Hampton and Steve McMichael, the selections of Doug English (18) and Brad Shearer (13) show you how deep the DT position is, as Shearer was an Outland Trophy winner and English was a four-time Pro Bowler. LBs and OTs were light. I knew I could grab some really good LBs (Lyle Sendlein, Sergio Kindle and Scott Henderson) late but wanted the two best offensive tackles in school history. And I got them. Outside of Blake Brockermeyer, I believe the next tackles are significantly downgraded. As loaded as UT's secondary is, I think the top four or five really separate themselves. The top three on my board were Jerry Gray, Raymond Clayborn and Nathan Vasher. I was thrilled and shocked to get all of them. Good luck throwing on us. Because he was my first favorite UT football player, getting Jerry Gray at No. 6 was great. Erxleben was the only combo kicker I would have taken. WR was also slim after Rounds 4-5, so I wanted to get Jordan Shipley/Quan Cosby and either Cotton Speyrer or Mike Adams. I think Cosby is the second-best wideout in school history. He actually produced ... especially when it counted. Outside of Dan Neil, I was fine picking the interior of my O-line late. I had Casey Studdard as a top-four guard, and Roger Roesler and Will Allen were All-Americans. I had the quarterbacks ranked this way: 1) VY 2) Bobby Layne/Colt McCoy. 4) Marty Akins (my sleeper I didn't take because Layne fell into my lap.) 5) Major Applewhite/James Street. Akins was very underrated. Great athlete in a bad system. Lowell must make Erxleben take business ethics classes at McCombs.

Lowell Galindo: I approached this draft with the goal of building a team that would beat the three others in head-to-head competition. To do that I prioritized players by their value compared to others at the position. I believe that Tommy Nobis and Derrick Johnson are clearly the best linebackers in school history with a sizable gap from others in the conversation. It was difficult and perhaps borderline crazy passing up Ricky Williams with the fourth pick, but in taking Nobis and DJ back-to-back, I gave myself easily the biggest edge at any position for a team in this draft. That was also my philosophy with my next two picks: Brian Orakpo and Tony Brackens.

2. Who was your best sleeper pick?

Carter Strickland: Grabbing Noble Doss in the 19th round was probably a pick many did not see coming, since many don't even know who he is. But the two-way player in the 1940s made some of the biggest plays in Texas history. Doss made the "impossible catch" in the 7-0 win over reigning national champ Texas A&M in 1940. That catch snapped the Aggies' nine-game win streak. He might have had an even greater impact on defense. He had 17 career interceptions in an era when the forward pass was hardly embraced by anyone. Those 17 career interceptions are tied for the most in Texas history. Nathan Vasher tied Doss some 63 years later.

Sean Adams: I took running back Shon Mitchell in the 19th round. He's my best sleeper, and it's not even close. In just two seasons, the last in the Southwest Conference and the first in the Big 12, Mitchell rushed for 1,724 yards and 14 touchdowns with an average of 5.9 yards per carry. He also did this in the structure of an ultra-talented backfield that consisted of Ricky Williams and Priest Holmes.

Mitchell played at Texas for only two seasons but is 15th on Texas' all-time list. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry in 1995 and was newcomer of the year in the last year of the Southwest Conference. If he'd had four years in a "normal" backfield, he would shatter every notable record.

Kevin Dunn: I don't think any of us who weren't around to see it can truly understand how dominant Bill Atessis was in college. He was ahead of his time in terms of size and agility -- similar to Walt Patulski at Notre Dame, who was eventually the No. 1 pick. Getting arguably the best running back in college football history to pair with Jamaal Charles was an unexpected gift. All of our boards were so different in terms of who we thought was the best at their position, which made it fun, but "sleeper" is truly in the eye of the beholder. In my opinion, drafting the second- and third-best receivers in UT history -- Cosby at 12 and Speyrer at 15 -- was theft. Getting an edge-rusher like Kiki DeAyala that late was a huge surprise.

Shipley
Ben Liebenberg/US PresswireJordan Shipley was the first wideout selected at No. 8 overall.

Lowell Galindo: Where do I start? Roy Williams falling into my lap with my eighth pick. To put that in perspective, Carter took an unquestioned great in Jordan Shipley at No. 8 overall. But I got a legend in the eighth round! I also had Thorpe winner Aaron Ross gifted to me in the 16th round, but the biggest sleeper of all was Major Applewhite with my second-to-last pick. I knew I wasn't getting VY or Colt, and when Kevin selected Bobby Layne in the second round, I knew I could load up at different positions and select Major late. I think he will be OK with that when he sees the O-line I got for him.

3. What player were you most disappointed to miss out on?

Carter Strickland: Lowell Galindo had an annoying habit of grabbing players just before the next person in line was to select them. In my case, he grabbed Texas' two best linebackers, Tommy Nobis and Derrick Johnson, off the board with his first two picks. The plan had been to take one of those two with my second pick. But since the draft was snaked -- one through four followed by four through one -- they were long gone by the time my pick came along.

Sean Adams: Derrick Johnson is the guy I wish I hadn't missed out on. When Lowell Galindo made the run on linebackers grabbing him and Tommy Nobis, the strength of the position dropped off. I love DJ as a player and leader.

Kevin Dunn: I have to get on my boy LG, who snagged my childhood hero Eric Metcalf. I was planning on using him with Ricky Williams (I didn't think Earl Campbell would fall to me) and splitting him out. He would have finally had some talent around him and a line that could block. Sean got me on Shane Dronett (I tried to talk him out of it with an anecdote, but no go). And finally, my top center on the board was Bill Wyman -- thanks, LG! I really wanted Scott Appleton, Britt Hager and Earl Thomas.

Lowell Galindo: I'll have to direct my aggression toward my friend Sean Adams for a moment. The only two times in the draft I may have put the phone on mute to curse someone's name was because of Sean's selections of Casey Hampton and Bryant Westbrook. Hampton's selection in the third round was easier to take because I believe his value is decreased in this draft thanks to GREAT depth at defensive tackle. Still, he was the top DT on my board. Westbrook was not the top cornerback on my board but is one of my favorite players of all time regardless of sport. His hits on Leeland McElroy and Notre Dame's Randy Kinder are two of the reasons why.

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