Is NFL Draft over yet? . . . Just Askin'

It's been a long, long weekend, maybe longer for Trojans -- fans and prospects -- but now it's over, right? We're Just Askin' here.

It's done so much for USC football over the years. Let's face it, 501 NFL Draft picks in history -- the most all-time for anybody -- leaves a mark. But man, the NFL Draft can be a long, long slog.

It is over, right? We're Just Askin'.

*** Did we really see this correctly, that one of the major networks doing wall-to-wall Draft coverage actually did a segment every hour or so Saturday on the Draft's impact on Fantasy Football before these guys have gone through a single practice? Did that really happen? . . . Just Askin'.

*** In looking at the overall numbers the last three days and how USC had a better season with a mere five Draft picks than much-ballyhooed Michigan did with 11, we're guessing Trojans fans will take that. Are we right? . . . Just Askin'.

*** But does losing 11 players to the NFL after a season when it was all supposed to fall in place and then you finished behind the likes of Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin account for the fact that Jim Harbaugh & Co. were hanging out in Rome with the Pope Draft week and playing paintball? And why Jimbo will be coming to USC for Rising Stars and hoping some of the Trojan magic rubs off on the Wolverines? Just Askin'.

*** And despite USC's so-so weekend by most people's accounts, didn't the Trojan program widen its lead in overall NFL Draft picks over No. 2 Notre Dame from three to six going to 501 total picks to the 495 of the Irish, who managed just a pair of picks? . . . Just Askin'.

*** Although it doesn't always happen that way for a USC archrival after a 4-8 season. How about UCLA's Draft performance. Does it get any worse after a season when you lose twice as many games as you win but also lose the same five players as USC to the Draft and have nothing to show for it? Again, is that the good news for your program -- or the really bad? . . . Just Askin'.

*** Or to put it another way for UCLA, you have one more player drafted than you have wins. Is that good? . . . Just Askin'

*** So it's all good there, right? . . . Just Askin'.

*** Is it a problem for the NFL Draft that the experts are saying that Philadelphia -- a town where we lived and worked and columnized about the Eagles for a time -- was "the star of the show." Is that a good thing? . . . Just Askin'.

*** Or is that just the college football fan in me looking at a town where 250,000 turned out on three days this weekend for the NFL Draft -- 50,000 more than Philly's two decent college programs, Temple and Villanova who were a combined 19-8 -- could draw in a combined 12 home games all last fall?

*** As much as we have to say it, it may have always made us a bit uncomfortable to be in a town where they really didn't give a whit about high school or college football but were absolutely out of their minds about the Iggles? . . . Just Askin'.  

*** Or is that our problem in a year when we decided to watch all the way through the Draft from Pick No. 1 to No. 253? . . . Just Askin'.

*** Although don't you absolutely have to love the twitter war two Steelers' wide receivers got into over which one of them second-round pick JuJu Smith-Schuster was going to displace? Isn't that how seriously you hope a Trojan like JuJu is taken by the team taking him? . . . Just Askin'.

*** And isn't a hard-nosed football town like Pittsburgh the perfect place for JuJu, not the ocean off Newport Beach where a fully-clothed JuJu took a dive after learning where he'd been picked, although we guess Trojan Mr. Irrelevant-founder Paul Salata's home town is a perfect spot for any USC player, right? . . . Just Askin'.

*** Speaking of a perfect landing spot, how about Nashville for Adoree' Jackson at No. 18 in the first round, higher than anyone had him going? Can we say any Trojan deserved that kind of Draft Day bump more than Adoree'? . . . Just Askin'

*** And how many times did Adoree' reference "Southern hospitality" for his new home town in his post-draft interviews? Would it be wrong to pencil in the very PR-aware Adoree' at the Grand Ole' Opry for next weekend? . . . Just Askin'.

*** Although we were sure at least one of the USC longshots would get a call, we just didn't know who. Can anyone say they're not happy to see it was Leon McQuay who got the call in the sixth round when Kansas City tapped the safety from Florida who stepped up biggest when USC needed him most in the Rose Bowl? . . . Just Askin'.

*** And as has been noted on the P, how ironic that Zach Banner has been tapped by an Indianapolis Colts team whose primary color is Zach's once-hated blue. All we can guess now is that Zach's standard greeting -- "Why are you wearing blue?" will soon change to "Why aren't you wearing blue?" . . . Just Askin'.

*** And as much fun as the NFL Network's Rich Eisen had with his "Run, RIch, run" 40-yard match race against Damien Mama, would it be wrong to think all that fun -- as well as Damien's 5.88 time -- contributed to the USC junior's failure to hear his name called the last three days? How hard would it be for a team to select the slowest player in the Draft? . . . Just Askin'.

*** But would another year in college have made the difference for Damien? Or is he just going to have to sign as a free agent and make it happen for himself? . . . Just Askin'.

*** One Trojan there's no second-guessing is the last one to get the call Saturday, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, who heard from Tampa Bay in the seventh round. And while many say you might be better off going free agent to a team of your choosing than getting picked in the seventh round, we're just thrilled as heck that Stevie got his call and will get a contract and a chance. Agree? . . . Just Askin'.

*** Was that too low for Stevie? Sure. And why you never want to have too many expectations. It's the NFL. They're in charge and they don't always know what they're doing -- except for how to make money. So Adoree' went higher than projected, JuJu maybe a bit as well, getting into the second. Zach in the fourth round seemed just about right. Leon got a lift from his long shot spot and Stevie made it under the wire. Damien, who has now signed as a free agent with Kansas City, was probably a bit of a shock but not out of the blue. And for Chad Wheeler (free agent signed with the NY Giants), Darreus Rodgers (Seattle), Isaac Whitney and Jordan Simmons (both signed with Oakland), Justin Davis (Rams), De'Quan Hampton (Detroit), Quinton Powell (New Orleans), TaylorMcNamara and Zach Smith there will be a tomorrow for them to prove themselves. Any doubt that more than one of them will? . . . Just Askin'.

You can follow me on Twitter at @dweber3440 or email me at weber@uscfootball.com.


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