Six More Trojans Picked In NFL Draft's Second Day

April 26, 2009

Six more USC football players were selected in the 2009 NFL draft on Sunday (April 26), bringing the number of Trojans who were chosen this year to a national-best 11.

It's the second year in row, and third time in the past 4 years, that USC has had more players drafted than any other school.

It's also the third time in the past 4 years that USC has had at least 10 players drafted. But it's the first time ever that USC has had as many as 11 players all selected within the first 6 rounds.

On the draft's second day, Trojan wide receiver Patrick Turner was a third round pick of the Miami Dolphins (87th overall selection)

Then in the fourth round, linebacker Kaluka Maiava went to the Cleveland Browns (104th pick) and defensive end Kyle Moore was chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (117th pick).

Placekicker David Buehler was a fifth round selection by the Dallas Cowboys (172nd pick). He is only the second Trojan placekicker drafted by the NFL, joining Cole Ford, a seventh rounder in 1995.

In the sixth round, cornerback Cary Harris went to the Buffalo Bills (183rd pick), followed shortly after by safety Kevin Ellison to the San Diego Chargers (189th pick).

They join the 5 Trojans--first rounders Mark Sanchez (New York Jets), Brian Cushing (Houston Texans) and Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers) and second rounders Rey Maualuga (Cincinnati Bengals) and Fili Moala (Indianapolis Colts)--who were NFL picks on Saturday (April 25).

In head coach Pete Carroll's 8 years at USC, he now has had 53 players drafted by the NFL, including 14 in the first round.

In its history, USC has had 457 players drafted by the NFL.

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