Draft impressions

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Even though Sunday provided a little bit of time to help us recover from the three-day marathon that was the 2010 NFL draft this past weekend, we're still feeling the buzz surrounding the Trojans who've found new homes in the pros.

Teams have been quick to express their excitement over the acquisition of their young talent. Here's a rundown of some good reads:

Taylor Mays (San Francisco 49ers)

  • Early expectations are comparing Mays to former Trojan and 49er Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott. Including Lott himself. 49ers coach Mike Singletary is also extremely "excited" about Mays' potential and is looking forward to utilizing the safety's "unbelievable" speed.

Charles Brown (New Orleans Saints)

  • Although he admitted that a phone call from the Saints came as a bit of a surprise, Brown is looking forward to helping New Orleans repeat as Super Bowl champions.

Damian Williams (Tennessee Titans)

  • Titans head coach and former Trojan Jeff Fisher was thrilled at the opportunity to snatch up Williams in the third round. He noted Williams' versatility as a wideout and kick returner could allow him to be a weapon on offense and special teams.
Kevin Thomas (Indianapolis Colts)

Everson Griffen (Minnesota Vikings)

  • In Minnesota, Griffen has the privilege of learning from one of the best defensive ends in the league, Jared Allen. The potential of having Allen and the freakishly-athletic Griffen on opposite sides of the Vikings' D-line is a scary-good combination.

Joe McKnight (New York Jets)

  • As the 112th overall pick, named McKnight one of the draft's 10 best value picks. There should be immediate chemistry between McKnight and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, as the two helped the Trojans to an 11-win season, including the 2009 Rose Bowl victory. It looks like the Jets will use McKnight as a wide receiver as well as a tailback.

Anthony McCoy
(Seattle Seahawks)

  • McCoy was the only USC player reunited with his coach, Pete Carroll, via the draft, however he joined several other Trojans who signed with the Seahawks in free agency. Carroll and Seattle's general manager John Schneider both expressed their excitement for snatching up a player of McCoy's caliber late in the draft.

Stafon Johnson (Tennessee Titans - signed as free agent)

  • Although Johnson grew up in Los Angeles and stayed close to home by playing for USC, he's ready to show his new hometown of Nashville, Tenn., his skills at running back.

Nick Howell (Tennessee Titans - signed as free agent)

  • Although the team was known as the Houston Oilers when Howell's dad, Pat, played on the offensive line, Nick is hoping to follow in his father's footsteps.

Jeff Byers
, Josh Pinkard and Will Harris (Seattle Seahawks - signed as free agents)

  • Carroll's familiarity with the trio afforded them the opportunity to continue to work with their college coach.

Alex Parsons
(Oakland Raiders - signed as free agent)

  • The Raiders like Parsons' ability to contribute in the trenches anywhere on the field - on offense, defense or with the special teams unit.

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