Cravens, Tuerk, Kessler Selected On NFL Draft's Second Day |
April 29, 2016
Three Trojans—outside linebacker Su’a Cravens, center Max Tuerk and quarterback Cody Kessler—were drafted on the second day of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday (April 29), upping USC’s national-best total of all-time draftees to 495 (ahead of runner-up Notre Dame's 492).
Cravens went in the second round (53rd overall pick) to the Washington Redskins, while the others were third rounders, Tuerk to the San Diego Chargers (66th overall pick) and Kessler to the Cleveland Browns (93rd overall pick).
Cravens is the 15th Trojan linebacker drafted since 2001 and the highest picked since 2012 (Nick Perry, 28th pick of the first round).
Tuerk is the third USC center drafted in the last 4 years and the highest selected since 2007 (Ryan Kalil, 59th pick of the second round).
Kessler is the seventh USC quarterback drafted since 2003 and the highest drafted since 2009 (Mark Sanchez, fifth pick of the first round).
Cravens was a 3-year starter at USC who declared for the NFL Draft at the conclusion of his 2015 junior campaign. The 2-time All-Pac-12 first teamer had 206 tackles and 9 interceptions as a Trojan. Last fall, he led USC in tackles (86), tackles for loss (15) and sacks (5.5).
Tuerk was a 3-year starter at every line position whose 2015 season ended after 5 games because of a knee injury. He was a 2014 All-Pac-12 first teamer
Kessler, also a 3- year starter, ranks in the school’s all-time Top 4 in touchdown passes (88), completions (851), passing yards (10,339) and total offense (9,914). He had the most efficient career in Trojan history as he set school career standards for completion percentage (67.5%) and interception rate (1.51%). The 2-time Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist completed 66.8% of his aerials last season for 3,536 yards with 29 TDs and just 7 picks. That was coming off a 2014 junior campaign in which he established USC season marks for completions (315), completion percentage (69.7%), passing efficiency (167.1), interception rate (1.11%) and TD passes (39). He also once threw 7 TDs in a game, another Trojan record.
Besides having the most overall draftees in history, USC also leads the nation in most all-time first round selections with 79 (Ohio State is next with 76).
The NFL Draft concludes on Saturday (April 30) with rounds 4 through 7.