No matter what happens today, who predicted USC would have only one player selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft?
It’s crushed the fanboys (including some media) that Amon-Ra St. Brown did not get picked Friday although I suspect NFL teams did not want to use such an early pick for a receiver with his size.
The other possible prospect — defensive tackle Jay Tufele — wasn’t helped by the fact no one at USC other than Clay Helton remains who actually coached him and the guys he played for were part of Helton’s 14-man crew of assistants fired since 2015. That made it harder for him to get glowing evaluations when NFL teams called.
Unless you are a real can’t-miss prospect, you probably get hurt by being a “Helton player.”
Next year will be different when Drake (London/Jackson) are available to NFL teams. Ask yourself this: How much has Helton gotten out of those two expected first-round picks the past two years? Not as much as a real coach, unfortunately.
USC managed to have as many top-100 picks as Wisconsin-Whitewater (one) and almost as many as North Dakota State (two)— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) May 1, 2021