Record Seven Trojans Picked In First Day Of NFL Draft
April 26, 2008
A school-record 7 USC football players were selected in the first 2 rounds of the 2008 NFL draft on Saturday (April 27), including 4 in the first round.
Previously, the most Trojans selected in the draft's first 2 rounds were 5 in both 1968 and 2006. USC's 4 first-round selections were its most since 1968, when a then-national record 5 Trojans were picked in the first round. Troy's 4 first round picks and 7 overall selections on the draft's first day were the most of any school this year.
The first Trojan taken was 2-time All-American first team nose tackle Sedrick Ellis, the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. He was the seventh pick of the draft, selected by the New Orleans Saints.
Two picks later, All-American first team linebacker Keith Rivers went to the Cincinnati Bengals as the ninth pick (he was the first linebacker chosen on the day).
The last time USC had 2 picks in the draft's first 9 selections was 1990.
Three-time All-American first team offensive tackle Sam Baker was the 21st pick of the opening round, going to the Atlanta Falcons.
Then, with the 28th pick of the first round, the Seattle Seahawks selected 2-time All-Pac-10 first team defensive end Lawrence Jackson.
Three Trojans went in the second round, starting with offensive guard Chilo Rachal. The 2007 All-Pac-10 first teamer who left USC after his junior season to enter the NFL draft was selected by the San Francisco 49ers (he was the draft's 39th pick). Then, All-American first team tight end Fred Davis, the 2007 Mackey Award winner, was chosen by the Washington Redskins as the draft's 48th pick. Finally, cornerback Terrell Thomas, a 2-time All-Pac-10 second teamer who led USC in interceptions in 2007, was selected as the final pick of the second round (the 63rd pick overall) by the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
In head coach Pete Carroll's 7 years at USC, he now has had 39 players drafted by the NFL, including 11 in the first round.
In its history, USC has had 443 players drafted by the NFL.
Rounds 3 through 7 of the 2008 NFL draft will be selected on Sunday (April 27).