USC 2014 NFL Draft Recap

A USC recap of the 2014 NFL Draft. Three Trojans were selected in the draft, while a handful signed free agent contracts following the draft...

A handful of USC players were available in the 2014 NFL Draft, including five underclassmen who declared early, but by final pick of round seven only three Trojans' players were selected.

Underclassmen Marqise Lee and Marcus Martin were selected in the second and third round. Devon Kennard was selected in the fifth round.

Following the draft, at least nine other USC players signed undrafted free agent contracts.

Marqise Lee, receiver, round 2, pick 39 – Jacksonsville Jaguars
Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell on Lee:
"We were excited. This is a guy that we had him highly rated, I think the whole country did, and for whatever reason this a deep draft and sometimes players fall through and we had some opportunity there to nab him and the guy is a playmaker. He's had 29 touchdowns over three years and when he gets the ball in his hands he's electric. He's highly, highly competitive, again following our theme. He's a tough kid and as he just said on TV he's got a chip on his shoulder because he fell to (pick) 39 and we're excited to have him."

Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley on Lee:
"We are really excited about him. I know we watched more tape today. Blake is good friends with Marqise. I told him today when we were talking in my meeting and I said when you get back to Orlando and watch the draft you've got some guys in particular you're going to keep an eye on? And Marqise was one of them. I know they worked out together so it's just ironic for that. I think the other thing is we had great reports from the scouts and all the information we got plus we have Scottie Hazelton, Assistant Linebackers coach on our staff that coached at USC. Just conversations with him about how much he meant, the true leader of that receiver group two years ago. He really took guys under his wing, developed them. I know with Woods the receiver that is in Buffalo now he had an impact on his development. Just felt like he was a really, really strong leader and said there are absolutely no red flags on this guy, so that was a great endorsement on him as well."

Marcus Martin, center, round 3, pick 70 – San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco GM Trent Baalke on Martin:
"He can play center/guard. He'll start out in our system competing for that center job."

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh on Martin:
"Gifted, leader, smart football player and productive football player. He has some real gifts athletically that you hope a center has, being able to tork his body… He has a lot of tools to with. Mike Solari will be working with him, a veteran offensive lineman will be very beneficial to him."

Devon Kennard, outside linebacker, round 5, pick 174 – New York Giants
New York Giants GM Jerry Reese on Kennard:
"Kennard, the linebacker from USC, feel like he is a versatile player. He is a nine sack guy, he led his team in sacks. He played middle linebacker at one point for them, then they moved him outside with the coaching change, so we think he can play all three positions for us. He can play situation pass rusher for us, he can play on special teams. Hard nosed football player. Captain, clean guy.

Undrafted free agents
Underclassmen
Dion BaileySeattle Seahawks
Xavier Grimble – New York Giants
George UkoNew Orleans Saints

Seniors
Kevin GreeneOakland Raiders
Kevin GrafPhiladelphia Eagles
Demetrius WrightMiami Dolphins
John MartinezSeattle Seahawks
Morgan Breslin – San Francisco 49ers
Silas ReddWashington Redskins

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