USC had a lot of players decide to return for their senior seasons, whether because of injury (Porter Gustin) or subpar seasons (Iman Marshall, Chuma Edoga) or not being projected where they wanted to be drafted (Cameron Smith, Marvell Tell). Tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe could fall into two categories (injury, subpar season).
But in this 2019 mock draft from Bleacher Report, USC does not have anyone projected in the first round.
Now I don’t think lacking a first-round pick really matters when it comes to predicting USC’s fortunes next season. Instead, I would say the Trojans’ success will require some of these players to actually improve their performance.
Gustin and Marshall had good spring practices, which excited the Internet media. But one question not really addressed was why Imatorbhebhe was held out? He played the second half of last season after being sidelined with hip/thigh injuries.
Did he never fully recover? Or is Clay Helton trying to pamper him?