2012 NFL Draft: Three USC Players Drafted, More Sign With Teams As Unrestricted Free Agents

The NFL draft has ended and USC had three draft eligible prospects signed.

Offensive tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry will both head north as both were drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, respectively. On the third day, tight end/full back Rhett Ellison was selected by the Vikings in the fourth round.

No other USC Trojan was drafted.

But that doesn't mean players can't sign with teams as players can sign as unrestricted free agents.

Running back Marc Tyler, who was hampered by injuries and had notable character issues, was signed by the Green Bay Packers. Tyler rushed for 568 yards this year on 122 attempts, good for a 4.7 average. He had 913 yards last year.

Other seniors that weren't drafted, but signed by NFL teams include senior linebacker Chris Galippo (Indianapolis Colts), senior wide receiver Brandon Carswell (Oakland Raiders), and defensive tackle DaJohn Harris (Tennessee Titans). Senior defensive tackle, Armond Armstead, did not sign with a team, but is expected too.

Whether suffering from career threatening injuries or character issues, having seven prospects sign with an NFL team is a good sign for a program. USC is expected to have more prospects signed in the earlier rounds in the 2013 draft.

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