NFL Prospect Matchups: USC vs. Stanford

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

An important conference matchup takes place in the Pac-12 as USC visits Stanford. The Trojans field the larger number of top-100 picks in this contest, but the Cardinal has the top prospect in the game.

The question is simple: can USC stop Bryce Love

San Diego State did as much a week ago, stacking the box and holding Love to just 29 yards on 18 carries. The Trojans have better run-stuffing talent than the Aztecs, but Love must be chomping at the bit after his performance one week ago.

Love is an explosive, multi-cut ball carrier who creates his own yardage and goes for long gains thanks to his breakaway speed. He’s a threat to take it the distance any time the ball is in his hands and can score from any point on the field.

Stopping Love will be the primary job of Cameron Smith -- one of the nation’s more underrated linebackers.

Smith is tough and explosive but also very instinctive. He reads and correctly diagnoses plays and brings ball carriers down at the point of attack. Scouts question his speed, so facing Love is the perfect opportunity for Smith to quell the criticism.

Marvell Tell III is another with much to gain from a big performance. Graded as the top senior safety in the nation by most scouts, Tell is methodical and efficient and, while he doesn’t have a lot of flash in his game, he gets the job done.

It will be a terrific matchup as both teams look to get an early jump in the Pac-12 standings.

USC-Stanford Prospects

Grade

Round

Full Name

School

Pos

Year

#

4.04

1st

Bryce Love

Stanford

RB

4Sr

20

3.65

3rd

Cameron Smith

USC

ILB

4Sr

35

3.63

3rd

Marvell Tell III

USC

S

4Sr

7

3.63

3rd

John Houston Jr.

USC

OLB

4Jr

10

3.54

4th

Devery Hamilton

Stanford

T

3Jr

74

3.52

4th

Alijah Holder

Stanford

CB

5Sr

13

3.48

5th

Joseph Alfieri

Stanford

OLB

5Sr

32

3.48

4-5

Chukwuma Edoga

USC

G

4Sr

70

3.38

5th

Toa Lobendahn

USC

G

5Sr

50

3.38

5th

Daniel Imatorbhebhe

USC

TE

4Jr

88

3.37

6th

Bobby Okereke

Stanford

ILB

5Sr

20

3.36

5th

Michael Pittman Jr.

USC

WR

3Jr

6

3.36

5th

Iman Marshall

USC

CB

4Sr

8

3.33

5th

Chris Brown

USC

G

5Sr

77

3.32

6-7

Porter Gustin

USC

OLB

4Sr

45

3.31

6th

Nate Herbig

Stanford

G

3Jr

53

3.25

FA

K.J. Costello

Stanford

QB

3So

11

3.00

FA

Jack Jones

USC

CB

3Jr

25

2.98

FA

A.T. Hall

Stanford

T

5Sr

75

2.89

FA

Trenton Irwin

Stanford

WR

4Sr

2

2.83

FA

Ajene Harris

USC

CB

5Sr

27

2.82

FA

Tyler Petite

USC

TE

4Sr

82

2.81

FA

Brandon Fanaika

Stanford

G

5Sr

71

2.80

FA

Malik Dorton

USC

DE

5Sr

44

2.79

FA

Jesse Burkett

Stanford

C

5Sr

73

2.75

FA

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

Stanford

WR

4Sr

19