USC ‘Backers Ready to Make NFL Draft History


Published: April 24, 2009


... But at some point during the pre-draft ritual of hyping and highlighting the biggest names, three of his Southern California teammates got themselves in line to make NFL draft history.

When the stock of Clay Matthews escalated during the evaluation period, it lifted his projection to the first round, where he joins fellow former-Trojan linebackers Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga. If Saturday proves the predictions to be correct, it will be the first time in NFL draft history that three 'backers from a single program are selected in the first round.

Now, prepared to be even more impressed?

Look at the 2009 Trojans draft package, and you'll see that three of the first-round projections (Sanchez, Maualuga, and Cushing) are former Rose Bowl MVPs, having won either offensive or defensive honors.

And searching the rest of the Trojans up for selection, you’ll also find a fourth. Linebacker Kaluka Maiava was the 2009 Rose Bowl defensive MVP and is projected to...

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