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USC WR Robert Woods Officially Enters NFL Draft

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Robert Woods #2 of the USC Trojans smiles after a broken play against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA would win 38-28.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 31, 2012

USC wide receiver Robert Woods has decided to forego his senior season and declare for the 2013 NFL draft:

USC's Robert Woods announced that he will declare for the NFL Draft as a junior.

— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) December 31, 2012

In just three years in Southern California, the dynamic 6'1" wideout put up some absurd numbers (all-time Pac-12 ranking in parenthesis):

He pulled down 247 total catches (third) for 2,900 receiving yards (12th) and 32 touchdowns (second). He also quietly racked up an impressive 1,364 total kick-return yards (19th).

After being named a First-Team All-American as a sophomore, Woods took a bit of a back seat to Marqise Lee this year and was "only" named to the All-Pac-12 Second-Team.

Now, the NFL is calling. 

Despite the top-notch production at the collegiate level, some still aren't completely convinced Woods will continue that success at the next level.

From Bleacher Report's Matt Miller:

.@rjmarine He has elite production, but none of Robert Woods' traits are elite. Second-rounder.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 13, 2012

Many other pundits agree.

CBS Sports ranks Woods as the 48th best prospect and projects him to go in the second round. ESPN grades him as an 86 out of 100 and puts him at No. 36 overall. 

While a second-round grade is far from a slap in the face, it would be understandable if Woods is disappointed in not hearing his named called until the second 32 picks.

Still, though, he has the talent to make teams pay for passing on him the first time around should that actually happen. Woods, at 6'1" and 190 pounds, doesn't have elite size, but he has the route-running ability, quickness and sticky hands to be a terrific slot receiver at the next level. 

One thing, however, is for sure: The USC Trojans are going to miss him. 

 

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