USC DE Leonard Williams; Jets (1st Round, 6th overall)
The first interesting spin on the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft involved Williams. Thought to be the No. 1 overall player in the draft and likely to be taken third by the Jaguars after quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were off of the board, Williams slid down to the 6th spot. He adds depth to a talented defensive line in New York. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan was 'surprised' Williams was still available and didn't hesitate to select the former Trojans star.
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USC WR Nelson Agholor; Eagles (1st round, 20th overall)
By now, it's no secret Chip Kelly loves players from the Pac-12. And when the Eagles head coach was the head man at Oregon, he saw Agholor, as a freshman, catch six passes for 162 yards and a touchdown against Kelly. With the departure of Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles needed help at the wide receiver spot and Agholor fits the bill. He adds versatility by being able to contribute to the return game. Interestingly enough, Agholor by being selected in the first round, was selected higher than former USC teammates Robert Woods and Marqise Lee -- both were second rounders in the 2013 and 2014 drafts, respectively.
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UCLA LB Eric Kendricks, Vikings (2nd Round, 45th overall)
There have been plenty of questions about Kendricks' size but he's always had more answers. UCLA's all-time leading tackler led the nation in stopsin 2014. He even acquired some hardware as the winner of the Butkus Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Before Strong was catching end-of-game hail maries and breaking the collective heart of Trojans fans, the Philadelphia native was a few miles up the road at Pierce Community College where he was regarded by some as a top-15 juco player in the country.
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Oregon C Hroniss Grasu; Bears (3rd Round, 71st overall)
The leader of the Oregon offensive line, Grasu prepped at Crespi High School, where he was a three-star recruit in the class of 2010. With the Ducks, he started 14 games as a redshirt freshman and 50 consecutive before an ankle injury caused him to miss three games last season as a senior.
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UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa; Giants (3rd Round, 74th overall)
After a beyond impressive showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, the former UCLA defensive end found himself being selected in the 3rd round. In Odighizuwa, the Giants are hoping they've 'hit' on another pass rusher. He had a career-high six sacks last season for the Bruins to go a long with a number of hurries.
Arizona State OL Jamil Douglas; Dolphins (4th Round, 114th overall)
The former Cypress High School basketball player made the list of Top 20 Freaks in College Football for 2014 as written by by FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman. Likely a guard at the pro level, Douglas played everywhere on the ASU offensive line except center. He was also an all conference academic performer for the Sun Devils.
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USC DB Josh Shaw; Bengals (4th Round, 120th overall)
Shaw overcame fabricating a story that nearly cost him his entire senior season with the Trojans to find himself in a good situation with Marvin Lewis and the Bengals. Shaw is one of the most versatile defensive backs in the draft with the ability to play both safety and corner. The Palmdale High School grad began his career at Florida before transferring closer to home with the Trojans.
Allen is a tremendous story having gone from buried on the depth chart to USC’s Team MVP in 2013. He followed that up by rushing for nearly 1,500 yards last season. He also caught 41 passes out of the backfield.
Hundley saw a drop in his stock. He was thought to be a first rounder had he elected to leave in 2014. He was also considered to be the third best quarterback in this draft behind Winston and Marriota but was the sixth quarterback selected. His impact on the UCLA football program can’t be understated. He’ll be joined at the hip with head coach Jim Mora for the present day resurgence of UCLA football.
In the mold of explosive, Long Beach Poly wide receivers, Clay certainly was that during his time with the Jackrabbits as a prep star. He began his college career at Cal. He transferred to Mt. Sac before joining the Utes program with just one year of eligibility and made the most. Clay earned All-American honors as a returner. He had four return touchdowns in 2014 -- three punt and one kickoff.
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Fresno State S Derron Smith; Bengals (6th Round, 197th overall)
In addition to his football exploits, Smith was also a star in basketball at Banning High School. He was a three-time all Mountain West selection with the Bulldogs and made 44 career starts, including 40 in a row.
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USC TE Randall Telfer; Browns (6th Round, 198th overall)
There was a point where former head coach Lane Kiffin mentioned, on many occasions, he had a first-round tight end in Telfer. Injuries and USC's inability to effectively work the tight end into the offense led to Telfer not being considered as high once his time was done with the Trojans. A foot injury also kept him out of the combine and workouts leading up to the draft.
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USC LB Hayes Pullard; Browns (7th Round, 219th overall)
All the former Crenshaw Cougar did was pile up the tackles during his time with the Trojans. He had 377 tackles in his career as a rare, four-year starter for the Trojans. While his strength may be in stopping the run, he's formidable in the pass game.
Likely would have gone much higher in the draft if not for an ACL injury suffered late last season. Arguably the best cover corner in the Pac-12, the consensus All-American was a projected first round pick. He earned all-state and All CIF-Southern Section honors as a senior at Chino Hills High School.