Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones, Uchenna Nwosu and Rasheem Green were drafted in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. They were four of the first 79 players selected.
So this buries the whole crowd of people during the season who said how great an accomplishment it was to win the Pac-12 South. And then the Pac-12 title.
USC had the most-talented team. Even this draft proved it. Especially when you have a quarterback and tailback selected in the first 38 picks.
What a joke that some felt the Pac-12 South was a feather in the cap.
This was a team capable of going to the College Football Playoff. This draft only reinforced that notion.
Instead, USC merely won a Pac-12 title, a conference that went 1-8 in bowl games. USC then lost resoundingly in the Cotton Bowl.
If a Pac-12 title satisfies you, that is fine. I look at the past two years as squandered when you consider Sam Darnold was the quarterback.
“We knew there was no way he would be able to meet the expectations that were put in front of him with all the hype going into last season,” Darnold’s father, Mike, told the New York Post on Friday.
But did Clay Helton and Tee Martin do to help him? Start Jalen Greene at wide receiver over Tyler Vaughns? Wait until Game 9 to start Michael Pittman over Steven Mitchell?
Did that help USC, Darnold or the offense? Last season was one where USC needed to go for it and instead played it safe. And paid the price.
But the draft is going great!