USC Trojans Pro Day

4 04 2008

Sedrick Ellis

USC Pro Day

The Raiders could possibly select one or more Trojans in the upcoming draft. With Lane Kiffin’s connection to USC, I would not be surprised if he does in fact select college football players whom he helped recruit and coach. The names that come most to mind are Sedrick Ellis, Lawrence Jackson and Thomas Williams.

The best performer of the day was DT Sedrick Ellis. He lost 11 pounds since the combine, ran a 5.00 40 and benched 36 reps. Seems to be a lock for the Raiders at the number 4 pick. If Glenn Dorsey is around, I would still pick Ellis over him. If Chris Long is around, then he will be the selection.

Lawrence Jackson did not workout at pro day but his combine numbers were still solid. Since he has fallen in defensive line rankings, he has a small chance of being around in the fourth round.

Thomas Williams worked out at pro day and ran a solid 4.71 40. He was a utility linebacker at USC and played all three positions. He could add some depth to our weak SLB corp. We could look to pick him up in the 6th or 7th round.

If the Raiders trade down in the first round, they could select even more Trojans players. A trade with for the Cowboys’ two first rounders could net us a DL and USC OT Sam Baker, who would work great in Tom Cable’s zone-blocking scheme. Otherwise, a trade down to the 9th-12th pick could enable us to draft USC OLB Keith Rivers. An instant upgrade to Sam Williams or Robert Thomas.

Fight On!