USC Football: Complete NFL Combine Grades, Analysis & Results for Former Trojans

Rick McMahan@@RickMcMahanSenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2014

USC Football: Complete NFL Combine Grades, Analysis & Results for Former Trojans

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    The annual sideshow known as the NFL Scouting Combine took place recently, and among the participants were seven former Trojans eager to make an impression on prospective future employers.

    For safety Dion Bailey, offensive lineman Marcus Martin, wide receiver Marqise Lee, tight end Xavier Grimble, defensive tackle George Uko, defensive end/linebacker Devon Kennard and running back Silas Redd, the matriculation to playing on Sundays began in Indianapolis where the former Trojans delivered what can only be described as mixed results.

    This slideshow will look at the performances of these seven men of Troy and offer some analysis as to their performances in America's heartland.

    Did any Trojans deliver a head-turning workout that will seal their tickets to NFL riches?

    Read on to find out.

    Grades based on events participated in, results of those events and overall performance.

    Combine results provided by

Silas Redd (Running Back)

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    40-yard Dash: 4.70 sec.

    Bench Press  18 reps.

    Vertical Jump: 37"

    Broad Jump: 122"

    Overall Grade: 5.05

    Like most of the Trojans participating at the combine, Silas Redd had an average performance in front of the NFL brain trust in Indianapolis.

    With a marginal 40-yard dash time and work on the bench press that was in the lower echelon of running backs invited, Redd has some work to do if he wants to be drafted when the time comes.

    Perhaps Redd will improve his numbers at USC's pro day but of course, that remains to be seen.

    Grade: C-

Xavier Grimble (Tight End)

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    Vertical Jump: 36.5"

    Broad Jump: 113.0"

    Overall Grade: 5.15

    Former Trojan tight end Xavier Grimble surprised many people when he decided to turn pro, and after his abbreviated combine effort, the questions over that decision will only increase.

    Participating only in the vertical and broad jumps, Grimble didn't wow anyone with his effort on Saturday, although he did pretty well in pass-catching drills.

    Though he does possess an NFL-ready body, Grimble will have to turn in a much better effort at USC's pro day, assuming that he will participate.

    Grade: C-

Marcus Martin (Offensive Line)

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    Bench Press: 23 reps

    Overall Grade: 5.5

    Marcus Martin has a good shot to be drafted this year as he is a versatile, big-bodied lineman with a ton of upside.

    However, at the combine, Martin chose not to participate in many of the measurable events. In the one he did compete in (bench press), Martin was average at best. Although it is true that Martin is returning from an injury, which might buy him some sympathy from the scouts.

    Martin will still get a long look on draft day, but if he doesn't perform better at USC's pro day (assuming he participates), he will likely hear his name called in the later rounds—if he hears it at all.

    Grade: C

Marqise Lee (Wide Receiver)

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    40-yard Dash: 4.52 sec.

    Vertical Jump: 38.0"

    Broad Jump: 127.0"

    20-yard Shuttle: 4.01 sec.

    Overall Grade: 6.2 

    Marqise Lee was one of the most anticipated players to perform at the combine, and overall, his effort was a qualified success.

    Although his 40-yard dash time was somewhat of a disappointment, his performance in the pass-catching drills was exceptional, and he showed his athleticism throughout the combine.

    However, that pesky 40 time might warrant a re-run at USC's pro day—should Lee decide to do so.

    Grade: B+

Devon Kennard (Linebacker)

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    40-yard Dash: 4.7 sec.

    Bench Press: 23 reps

    Vertical Jump: 30.0"

    Broad Jump: 113.0"

    20-yard Shuttle: 4.32 sec.

    3 Cone Drill:  7.25 sec.

    Overall Grade: 5.1

    Listed as a linebacker, Devon Kennard had a good but not great combine, where his performance placed him around the middle of the pack of prospective NFL 'backers.

    While his 4.7 40 time was OK, and he did perform well in agility drills, Kennard will likely have to turn heads at USC's pro day if he wants to climb the draft boards. 

    Grade: C+

George Uko (Defensive Line)

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    40-yard Dash: 4.99 sec.

    Bench Press: 18 reps

    Vertical Jump: 29.5"

    Broad Jump: 110.0"

    Overall Grade: 5.05

    In what was a recurring theme for former Trojans at the combine, George Uko had a serviceable but not great performance on Monday.

    While Uko did pretty well with the agility drills, his poor performance doing bench presses has to cause some concern with NFL scouts who hoped his raw strength would produce better numbers.

    Uko will have to rebound at USC's pro day if he wants to climb the draft boards.

    Grade: C

Dion Bailey (Safety)

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    Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    40-yard Dash: 4.66 sec.

    Vertical Jump: 34.0"

    Broad Jump: 113.0"

    3 Cone Drill: 6.97 sec.

    20-yard Shuttle: 4.15 sec.

    60-yard Shuttle: 11.88 sec.

    Overall Grade: 5.2

    Dion Bailey's value to a team might not be best expressed in his raw numbers but rather in the versatility and grittiness he brings to a team.

    At the combine, Lee didn't turn many heads with his numbers, but he was pretty solid across the board and did well in agility drills.

    If Bailey can build on his combine performance at USC's pro day, he should find a place somewhere in the later rounds of the draft.

    Grade: C+


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    Although the USC contingent didn't knock anyone's socks off, they were steady for the most part, and all of them can improve their stock at the USC's pro day.

    With the exception of Marqise Lee, this year's NFL draft will not see many Trojans drafted in the early rounds, although they should have their fair share taken when all is said and done.

    Overall, for those who follow the Trojans, this year's participants provided somewhat of a letdown from years past. But to be honest, with the exception of Lee, not too much was expected of this bunch anyway.

    It will be the hope of those who follow the men of Troy that future classes will dominate both at the combine and at the draft itself.

    Because if this is so, that will mean the Trojans are doing well under new head coach Steve Sarkisian.

    And that would make the fans very happy indeed.

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