This will bother some people, but the fact USC did not have any players drafted yesterday does not mean it excused underachievement last season.
Example: Center Nico Falah did not get drafted.
Response: Then why did he start last year? Toa Lobendahn was the better center. USC could have started someone else at left tackle so Lobendahn could play center.
Yes, left tackle is more important/difficult. But USC coaches granted Chuma Edoga’s request to play right tackle instead (player power wins again) and created the left-tackle dilemma. That means Clayton Johnson and Austin Jackson would be the left tackle. Was that too risky early in the year? That’s a matter of opinion.
Lobendahn struggled at left tackle despite being a good offensive lineman/veteran. But Jackson had the natural talent and Neil Callaway is a veteran offensive line coach. He can’t get a freshman ready? Remember Winston Justice starting as a true freshman?
Example: Wide receivers Deontay Burnett and Steven Mitchell did not get drafted.
Response: Why did USC insist on starting Mitchell over Michael Pittman? Why did Jalen Greene start at the beginning of the season over Tyler Vaughns? Why hasn’t Tee Martin developed Velus Jones or Josh Imatorbhebhe?
All the answers to those questions are excuses. Someone will say Jones or Imatorbhebhe looked good this spring. They looked good last spring and/or training camp too.
When I talk about USC having the most talent, it is true. The biggest issue is the coaches not utilizing it. That has nothing to do with who got drafted on Day 3.