Shaw, Allen, Telfer, Pullard Selected In NFL Draft's Third Day|
May 2, 2015
Four more Trojans--defensive back Josh Shaw, running back Javorius Allen, tight end Randall Telfer and linebacker Hayes Pullard--were drafted on the third day of the 2015 NFL Draft, giving USC a national-best 489 all-time draftees (ahead of runner-up Notre Dame's 484).
Shaw went to the Cincinnati Bengals and Allen to the Baltimore Ravens, both in the fourth round. Then the Cleveland Browns picked Telfer in the sixth round and Pullard in the seventh.
USC's six total selections in this draft, including Thursday's first round selections of defensive end Leonard Williams (New York Jets) and wide receiver Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles), were USC's most in a draft since 2011, when 11 Trojans were picked. Troy also leads the nation in most all-time first round selections with 79 (Ohio State is next with 71).
Shaw is the 13th USC defensive back drafted since 2002 and the first since T.J. McDonald in 2013, while Allen is the 11th Trojan running back drafted since 2003 and the first USC tailback chosen since Allen Bradford in 2011. Allen became the third Trojan from Florida drafted in 2015 (along with Williams and Agholor). Shaw kept the Florida connection going as he previously attended Florida before transferring to USC.
Telfer is the first USC tight end drafted since Jordan Cameron in 2011 and the fifth since 2006. Pullard is the 14th Trojan linebacker selected since 2001.
This draft was a big one for USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, who previously coached at Washington, as he saw 10 players he coached at both schools having been selected in this draft. Four Huskies were picked, including 3 in the first round.
Shaw, who only appeared in Troy's final 3 games of 2014 after being suspended in fall camp, had 130 tackles and 6 interceptions in 24 starts at corner and safety during his USC and Florida careers.
Allen, who declared for the draft after his junior year (like Williams and Agholor), made the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team after finishing his Trojan career with 2,306 rushing yards (with 25 TDs), including 13 100-yard performances (all within the past 19 games). In 2014, he ran for 1,489 yards with 11 scores and added 41 catches for another 458 yards, ending up 12th nationally in all-purpose running (149.8, tops in the Pac-12) and 23rd in rushing yards (114.5). He had the most season rushing yards by a Trojan since 2005, the most 100-yard games (9) at USC since 1984 and the most consecutive 100-yard outings (6) at USC since 1981.
Telfer, who was drafted despite being unable to work out significantly for NFL teams after getting injured in the 2014 Holiday Bowl, had 34 starts in his Trojan career with 65 receptions and 12 TDs (including 21 catches last year).
Pullard started at inside linebacker for 4 years at USC and had 377 career tackles, sixth most in USC history. He was the first Trojan since 1977-79 to lead USC in tackles for 3 seasons, including in 2014 when he had 95 stops with 8 deflections.