Scouting the Rose Bowl: USC vs Penn State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

“The granddaddy of them all.”  You can hear Keith Jackson even now.  This year’s Rose Bowl features the USC Trojans who finished at 9-3, giving Washington their only conference loss in 2016.  The resurgent Penn State Nittany Lions finished with an 11-2 record on their way to the Big Ten title.  One paper USC has the best talent but Penn State won a number of games on the field they had already lost on paper.

Rose Bowl Prospects

Rnd

Grade

School

Full Name

Pos

Number

Year

1st

4.04

USC

JuJu Smith-Schuster

WR

9

3Jr

1st

4.00

USC

Adoree' Jackson

CB

2

3Jr

3rd

3.63

USC

Damien Mama

G

51

3Jr

3-4

3.58

USC

Viane Talamaivao

G

60

3Jr

5-6

3.52

Penn State

Jason Cabinda

OLB

40

3Jr

4-5

3.49

Penn State

Chris Godwin

WR

12

3Jr

4-5

3.48

Penn State

Garrett Sickels

DE

90

4Jr

5th

3.45

USC

Uchenna Nwosu

OLB

42

3Jr

5th

3.44

Penn State

Marcus Allen

S

2

3Jr

5th

3.40

USC

Steven Mitchell

WR

7

3Jr

6th

3.38

USC

Darreus Rogers

WR

1

4Sr

6th

3.35

USC

Justin Davis

RB

22

4Sr

6th

3.33

USC

Zach Banner

T

73

5Sr

6-7

3.32

Penn State

Brandon Bell

OLB

11

4Sr

6-7

3.32

USC

Chris Hawkins

S

4

4Jr

7th

3.28

USC

Chad Wheeler

T

72

5Sr

7th-FA

3.26

USC

Taylor McNamara

TE

48

4Sr

7th-FA

3.25

Penn State

Paris Palmer

T

73

4Sr

FA

3.18

Penn State

Andrew Nelson

T

59

4Jr

FA

3.00

Penn State

Nyeem Wartman-White

ILB

5

5Sr

FA

2.82

Penn State

Malik Golden

S

6

5Sr

FA

2.80

USC

Stevie Tu'Ikolovatu

DT

90

5Sr

FA

2.70

USC

Leon McQuay III

S

22

4Sr

Four Trojan underclassmen top our list with two grading as first round picks.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is one of the better receivers in the nation and a game controller who occasionally breaks it deep.  Most expect Smith-Schuster to enter the draft but as posted during our December 31st Underclassmen Tracker, the program is making a big push to have him return and many feel its working.

Adoree' Jackson is another first round prospect expected to enter the draft.  He’s a developing cornerback as well as an explosive return specialist.  As posted on December 13th, scouts rated Jackson as the number four cornerback prospect at season’s end.  He’s expected to measure under 5-feet/10-inches at the combine but I’m told he has a huge wingspan.

Guards Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao are both potential second day selections.  Each has the versatility to be used in a conventional offense or in zome blocking schemes.  I’m told both Mama and Talamaivao are considering the draft.

Penn State has no early round prospects but several middle round players who can contribute on Sunday’s.

Jason Cabinda is a three down defender and a fierce run defender who also does a terrific job in coverage.  Cabinda’s issue is size; the junior is listed at 6-feet/1-inch, 230lbs but looks smaller.

Chris Godwin is a consistent possession receiver who almost always wins out for contested throws.  The belief is he’ll enter the draft and forty times are critical for Godwin in the lead-up to April.