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    Zach Banner, Leon McQuay III, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu Picked On Third Day Of NFL Draft

    Zach Banner
    April 29, 2017

    Three Trojans--offensive tackle Zach Banner, safety Leon McQuay III and defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu --were selected on the third day (Saturday, April 29) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

    Banner went in the fourth round to the Indianapolis Colts, McQuay went in the sixth round to the Kansas City Chiefs and Tu'ikolovatu went in the seventh round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    McQuay became USC's 500th NFL Draft pick as the Trojans became the first school to hit the 500 barrier. With Saturday's 3 picks, USC now has a nation-leading 501 NFL Draft selections, the most of any school. USC's 80 first round picks are also the most of any school.

    The trio joined cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree' Jackson, a first round pick by the Tennessee Titans, and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, a second round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, to give USC 5 selections in the 2017 Draft.

    Banner, a 3-year starter on the right side, was a 2016 All-American first teamer and a 2-time All-Pac-12 first team honoree. He also was a 2016 Senior CLASS Award finalist.

    McQuay, who had 24 career starts and 5 interceptions, made 50 stops and 2 picks last year while starting at strong safety or nickelback. He long will be remembered for his interception in the Rose Bowl with 27 seconds to play to set up USC’s game-winning field goal.

    Tu’ikolovatu, who had transferred as a graduate from Utah last season, had 53 tackles while clogging up the middle of the Trojan defensive front. He was the Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game after notching 8 tackles.