Trojans Shine on Day 1 of Draft

The USC Trojans had a terrific Day 1 in the 2008 NFL Draft, led by Sedrick Ellis (7th) and Keith Rivers (9th). A total of seven Trojans were selected on the first day of the draft. More Inside.

Trojans Shine on Day 1 of Draft

An Unprecedented Seven Trojans Drafted on Day 1

The theme around the Trojan football team is ‘compete.' Coach Pete Carroll impresses his players that playing hard everyday in practice is priority one. Most players take the mantra to heart and the work ethic around Howard Jones Field is always intense.

Players practice hard and fast and work just as diligently during the off-season. The fruits of this ethic paid off on Day 1 of the NFL draft. An unprecedented seven Trojans were taken, including four in the first round and three in the second.

Leading the way for the Trojans was a pair in the top ten; Sedrick Ellis (DT) was picked seventh by the New Orleans Saints and Keith Rivers (LB) ninth by the Cincinnati Bengals. Ellis will join fellow Trojan Reggie Bush and Rivers will meet up with Carson Palmer.

Rounding out the first round for USC was a pair of linemen; Sam Baker (OT) was drafted 21st by the Atlanta Falcons and Lawrence Jackson (DE) was drafted 28th by the Seattle Seahawks. Jackson will be joining fellow Trojan Lofa Tatupu.

And if That Were Not Enough

Three more Trojans joined the Day 1 party in the second round. A trio of Trojans rounded off the first day led by early NFL entry, Chilo Rachal (OG), who was picked 39th by the San Francisco 49ers. Arguably the best tight end in the country, Mackey Award recipient Fred Davis was chosen 48th by the Washington Redskins. As the day drew to a close, the final pick in the second round (63rd) by the New York Giants, was a mild surprise, Terrell Thomas (CB), he will join Steve Smith with the Superbowl Champions. This put the topping on an excellent day for Trojans.

Overview of Trojan Selections:

1st Round

Sedrick Ellis, DT, 7th, New Orleans Saints, Player Link

Keith Rivers, LB, 9th, Cincinnati Bengals, Player Link

Sam Baker, OT, 21st, Atlanta Falcons, Player Link

Lawrence Jackson, DE, 28th, Seattle Seahawks, Player Link

2nd Round

Chilo Rachal, OG, 39th, San Francisco 49ers, Player Link

Fred Davis, TE, 48th, Washington Redskins, Player Link

Terrell Thomas, CB, 63rd, New York Giants, Player Link

SCPlaybook will bring you more news on Trojans in the coming rounds of the NFL Draft as they develop. Top Stories