While the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins may have only gone a collective 16-11 this season, both teams were packed with premier-level talent and could have players selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
At Mocking the Draft, Matthew Fairburn doesn't have any Bruins or Trojans selected in the first round, but most mock drafts disagree. At CBS Sports, Dane Brugler has UCLA defensive end Datone Jones going to the Cincinnati Bengals with the 21st selection, while Rob Rang has Jones going 25th to the Seattle Seahawks.
Rang also has two USC players in this first round, with quarterback Matt Barkley to the New York Jets at nine, and the New England Patriots selecting wide receiver Robert Woods with the 29th pick. Rang explains why the Jets could be interested in Barkley:
While it might seem unrealistic that head coach Rex Ryan would gamble on a Southern Cal passer as a potential replacement for Sanchez, don't be so sure. Clearly this is a team in need of better play at the position immediately and Barkley is the most pro-ready of this class.
He also notes that the Jets used one of their 60 allotted combine interviews on Barkley.
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