USC's Su'a Cravens, Max Tuerk and Cody Kessler make it into 1st 3 NFL Draft rounds

Not what anyone, even the most rabid USC fan, was expecting that by the end of the second day of the NFL Draft, three Trojans would have been selected. Great day for three young men who deserved it.

That went well.

Not sure any of us saw that coming.

OK, no one saw that coming. No one that we know guessed that by the end of Round 3 in the NFL Draft, USC would have three players drafted.

Not even the most optimistic Trojan fan – and certainly not the TV draft gurus --  saw any of this coming, especially not the part where Cody Kessler gets into the third round and goes to Cleveland at the 93rd pick.

That makes him the sixth quarterback chosen and ahead of Michigan State's Connor Cook, Stanford's Kevin Hogan and a number of others who had jumped ahead of Cody on many draft boards.

How cool is that for a young man who has hung in there through three years and who knows how many head coaches. Former Trojan Hue Jackson is just one more of a half-dozen for Cody, who deserved this kind of break from a team that needs a quarterback. Although as most know, Cleveland is where it is because they've needed a quarterback for the entire 21st Century.

The “Mistake by the Lake” is also the place where quarterbacks go to die. But maybe they picked Cody because he’s been in a tough place all of his college career. There’s no way you could be happier for the young man from Bakersfield.

"You've got to trust me on this one," Jackson tweeted. "This is a guy we feel very comfortable with. We really feel this guy is the right fit for us and this football team."

But he’s not alone. Su’a Cravens made it into the second round for Washington and gets to play for Trojan Joe Barry, the Redskins’ defensive coordinator, who was here for USC’s Pro Day.

And now we know why. It could not be more important for Su’a to end up with the right team that understands the right way to use Su’a. You have to trust Joe to be that guy. And Su’a is on a team on the way up. Good for him.

Then there’s the third Trojan, Max Tuerk, who deserved the good break he got, going to the Chargers, not far from his South Orange County home, early in the third round despite his season-ending knee injury after five games. Again, as for Cody and Su’a, no one gave a USC program that needed so much more over his career than Max did. He started the year as the nation's No. 1 center prospect and didn't fall that far from it.

We could not be happier for Max. As with Cody and Sua, getting picked in the first three rounds, on Day 2, means the teams picking you like you and have plans for you. Much better than being a third-day throw-in in the late rounds. it.

And much better than most of us, most of you too, thought would be the case. 

This is very good for USC football and for three really deserving Trojans. Well done, guys. And well done, Redskins, Chargers and Browns.


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