Four Trojans Drafted On Final Day

NFL draft: Amon-ra St. Brown among four Trojans, one Bruin selected on last day

Steve Galluzo (LA Times)  —  The first two days of the NFL draft were unusually uneventful for USC. The Trojans had only one player taken in the first three rounds, but Saturday headlined with a Trojan.

Jacksonville kicked off the fourth round by selecting defensive tackle Jay Tufele first (106th overall), and he subsequently tweeted “Always love SC. Excited to represent the Jaguars.”

Tufele opted out of the 2020 campaign because of COVID-19 concerns and the uncertainty of the Pac-12 canceling its season but he earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2019 and second-team honors in 2018. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder from Salt Lake City was Jacksonville’s fourth defensive lineman added through free agency or the draft.

With the third pick of Round 4, Atlanta took San Diego State cornerback Darren Hall, who grew up in Pasadena and recorded 95 tackles in two seasons at Rancho Cucamonga High.

Four spots later, the second USC player of the day, wide receiver Amon-ra St. Brown (8), was taken 112th overall by Detroit. He had a team-best 41 catches for 478 yards and seven touchdowns in six games last year and ranks 11th on the Trojans’ career receptions list with 178. He was named to the 2020 All-Pac-12 first team.

Having grown up in Anaheim Hills, St. Brown was a standout at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, where he made The Times’ All-Area team as a senior in 2017 when he caught 72 passes for 1.320 yards to lead the Monarchs to the CIF Southern Section title and state bowl Open Division crown.

California cornerback Camryn Bynum, another player with Southern California roots, was selected 20th in the fourth round (125th overall) by Minnesota. He had 136 tackles and six interceptions as a junior and senior at Corona Centennial, leading the Huskies to the Southern Section Pac-5 crown in 2015.

Taken 28th in the fifth round by San Francisco was Oregon cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, who started all seven games for the Ducks last year and finished his college career with 34 straight starts at cornerback. He was a two-way star at Salesian High in Los Angeles where he was named to The Times’ All-Area team as a senior and was the Angelus League player of the year in 2016.

USC safety Talanoa Hufanga was picked 36th in the fifth round (180th overall) by San Francisco. He had 51 tackles last year and has been training with former Trojan and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu since January. Hufanga’s cousin, USC defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu, went fifth in the sixth round to Philadelphia. Their cousin Fili Moala preceded them as a defensive tackle at USC (2005-08) before going on to play in the NFL for Indianapolis from 2009 to 2014.

Just like its crosstown rival, UCLA had only one player drafted in the first three rounds (defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa was picked 75th overall by Dallas), but the Bruins got another name on the board late in the final day when wide receiver Demetric Felton was picked 27th in Round 6 by Cleveland.

Felton, who hails from Temecula and starred at Great Oak High, led the Pac-12 and ranked sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards (165.83 per game) as a senior last year.

latimes.com

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ATL D.D.S.
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ATL D.D.S. (@atl-d-d-s)
May 5, 2021 4:57 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Oh, wonderful. Little Mao has our back. Excuse me while I jump joyously.

Last edited 12 days ago by ATL D.D.S.
LawyerJohn
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LawyerJohn (@lawyerjohn)
May 3, 2021 8:58 pm

The slavery of Black-men is an American tradition. It goes back 400-years, and the White Man cannot get it out of his system, although to be charitable, this white prejudice has softened a bit the past 30-years or so. The centuries old USA slaves-markets is our reputation, and worse, our legacy. And unfortunately our sordid history is commonly known among all the world’s countries, and a reason why they don’t take the US. seriously when preaching morality and what is correct action. What has the White Man done to the top Black athletes. — They tell the impressionable Black teenagers… Read more »

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
May 3, 2021 9:16 pm
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PN4SC
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PN4SC (@pn4sc)
May 4, 2021 6:13 am
Reply to  LawyerJohn

John- you have stated a lot of harmless nonsense hear before, but what you just posted could have come right from the 1619 project playbook. By your account, America is systemically racists, was the only country practicing slavery at the time, and still to this day, the white man is doing what he can to still hold the black man down. This is absolute progressive garbage. For all of its sins, America is the best country in the world to live in, no matter what your race. It is the least racist multi ethnic country in the world. It is… Read more »

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
May 4, 2021 7:38 am
Reply to  LawyerJohn

John, I will keep this short. Your narrative is well worn and well known. It is also a gigantic distortion to the point of being misleading. Oppression and the desire for liberty are interwoven in human history. Were blacks oppressed because of their skin color? Of course. In fact, as of about 1920 the same academy that is pushing this false narrative was teaching blacks were genetically inferior to whites – that narrative was as false as the present one (and was uniformly believed). The horrific consequence that underlies “social justice” was exposed by Hayek (who won a Nobel prize… Read more »

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
May 4, 2021 8:55 am
Reply to  LawyerJohn

john, do you believe that these men are either going to be in the NFL or failures? It seems that way. I believe that the vast majority who do not make it in the NFL will become a professional in a different field. They have not “thrown away their job potential”. Instead, they have instead chased a dream, good for them. I can assure you that if they put forth the same effort in their next profession that they did in pursuing football, that almost all will be successful.

ATL D.D.S.
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ATL D.D.S. (@atl-d-d-s)
May 4, 2021 9:32 am
Reply to  LawyerJohn

OMG, LJ! Down for the “shtruggle,” are we now?

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
May 4, 2021 3:00 pm
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So those poor impressionable black teenagers get a free college education for playing a game. They know going in they may not make it and smart ones finish school, the dumb ones (whites included) stand there wondering why they didn’t go 1st round. LJ, you are quite simply full of blm bullshit.

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
May 3, 2021 2:27 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Just what we need, another TE. If they were incorporated into the offense this might make sense but it seems that unless we go to a double TE formation we have a plethora of TE’s. It appears CH is watching the portal and the needs are not being met for the O line.

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
May 2, 2021 9:07 pm

Just read an article that suggests that if we have a poor year there might be a transfer portal stampede of players. All of it due to the now well established fact that Clay doesn’t and can’t develop players. Guys want to go to the NFL and they’re smart enough to understand that USC under Clay is not best route to get there.

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
May 3, 2021 8:53 am
Reply to  Chris

That would be the last nail in the casket, not for CH, but for USC. The sign that USC football has hit rock bottom. The idiots in charge won’t blame CH.

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
May 3, 2021 9:53 am
Reply to  Chris

Chris, The new transfer rules are now reality. Any kid on the team could have left by May 1. None did. I really do not think any of us know what these new rules will mean. I just read that SC got a TE out of U of Texas. To sound like a broken record, I think the 2021 Trojans will battle CO and Utah for 3rd in the Pac 12 South next year. What impact that will have the team under these new rules is anyone guess.

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
May 2, 2021 7:56 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I was really surprised that AZ got two guys drafted. I thought AZ was just awful, even though they almost beat SC (and candidly should have).

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
May 3, 2021 8:56 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Goes to show how a head coach can get by riding on the laurels of a few really good recruits. Doesn’t Helton mimic this same scenario?

rleeholder1
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rleeholder1 (@rleeholder1)
May 3, 2021 5:39 am
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Thank you for sharing Allen! I knew we swept with both the men’s and women’s teams winning, but not any of the details. When I was an early teenager, my Dad would take me to the dual meets vs UCLA in the Coliseum. I saw some great performances such as the 4×110 yard relay team with Lennox Miller, Fred Kuller, OJ Simpson and Earl McCollough. Good news about Kenan Christon. He looked very promising as a freshman running back, but received very few carries last year. With the speed he has, I wish the coaches would put in some wide… Read more »

ATL D.D.S.
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ATL D.D.S. (@atl-d-d-s)
May 3, 2021 7:43 am
Reply to  rleeholder1

By the way, rlee, it was Dr. Lennox Miller DDS, MS (he later graduated from the USC School Of Dentistry with both a general and specialty degree) who anchored that 4 x 110 relay team.

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rleeholder1
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rleeholder1 (@rleeholder1)
May 5, 2021 4:34 am
Reply to  ATL D.D.S.

ATL D.D.S., thank you for sharing about Dr. Miller. 38.6 seconds in the 1967 NCAA Championships still stands as a world record. Two guys from the football team on that squad was truly amazing.

RialtoTrojan
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RialtoTrojan (@rialtotrojan)
May 2, 2021 4:23 pm

Vaughns not getting drafted was a mild surprise. He clearly has talent and ability, but he also lacked football fight. He dropped balls and really didn’t go after or fight for close balls. This I believe is on the coaches. Players drop balls in practice and nothing happened

RialtoTrojan
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RialtoTrojan (@rialtotrojan)
May 2, 2021 5:41 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I think Bohn should consider becoming a furniture salesman. He has a couch where he needs a coach. Until that mistake is changed we will see good players going undrafted

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
May 2, 2021 7:54 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Allen, You and I discussed OG as a pro. He is a 4.7 guy. He has great quickness (excellent shuttle) but he has safety speed and CB size. No need to be critical- young man just had a life lesson. I wish him well.

Terrific Tommy
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Terrific Tommy (@terrific-tommy)
May 2, 2021 1:16 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Through no fault of his own, injuries notwithstanding, Carr (given his physical assets), has been a huge disappointment to me. I hope with his attitude towards McGuire and good health, he can show what I’m confident he can do. 👍

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
May 3, 2021 8:58 am
Reply to  Terrific Tommy

Too bad he has two better back ahead of him and a freshman about to make him #4.

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
May 3, 2021 9:40 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Allen, Maybe I am wrong, but I view this talk about running the football as pure propaganda – very similar to what we were told about Clancy. I doubt GH in Year 3 will be much different that GH in Year 1 or Year 2 (except he has less talent on the OL).

Gepetohong
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Gepetohong (@gepetohong)
May 2, 2021 6:01 am

Also Vaughns signs with Colts & OG with Bills as undrafted free agents…

Terrific Tommy
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Terrific Tommy (@terrific-tommy)
May 2, 2021 10:02 am
Reply to  Gepetohong

I think Vaughns will be a good addition for the Colts. But if he had stayed in school one more season, he would have been worth much more dough than he’s going to receive at this time. JMHO

Gepetohong
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Gepetohong (@gepetohong)
May 2, 2021 1:52 pm
Reply to  Terrific Tommy

I probably disagree with this. I think Vaughns was probably willing to stay another year if he felt his stock would improve, but given that he has plenty of film he probably felt that another season would not have helped his stock. He’s been one of my favorite guy on the team, but I can’t see how another solid 70-catch season would have improved his position on the draft for next season. The only thing would have been if there were a dirth of quality WRs on the draft in ‘22 or he has a monster 100-catch season, but don’t… Read more »

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
May 2, 2021 7:46 pm
Reply to  Gepetohong

I wish him well but do not expect a pro career. He is a finesse receiver who is slow (4.7) and slight (185). I doubt he is ever a starter, but he may make as a special situation player.

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
May 3, 2021 9:01 am
Reply to  TrojanRJJ

If he can get over the concept of dropped passes in critical situations he could stick around, and agree not as a starter, unless he really changes his approach to the game. It is now or never for him.