2013 NFL Draft Projections

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USC football had only three players drafted in 2012, which was its lowest total since 2002.  In this case, the stat reflects more on how loaded the Trojans are for next season more than any talent attrition in the program.

Horton_Hammer.jpgAs the 2013 mock drafts start to come out, it is clear that USC players will dominate the headlines next April.  For example, Pete Prisco of has three Trojans projected in his first round with QB Matt Barkley at No. 1, WR Robert Woods at No. 4 and S T.J. McDonald at No. 29.

Among the seniors, Barkley and McDonald are just two of the names to watch.  C Khaled Holmes, DE Wes Horton, DE Devon Kennard, S Jawanza Starling and RB Curtis McNeal should all attract NFL interest.

The list of draft eligible underclassmen is headlined by Woods and CB Nickell Robey, but they can also opt to follow Barkley and McDonald down the four year path. 

Just like 2002 when only CB Kris Richard and CB Chris Cash were drafted, the pipeline is only filling up with talent and the explosion begins next year.

(Photo of Wes Horton by Jon SooHoo)

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