Thomas steps above the crowd at USC’s pro day

As usual, USC had no shortage of elite prospects at its pro day on Wednesday. All 32 teams had representatives in attendance, including Panthers coach John Fox and mutliple offensive and defensive coordinators.

Befitting the Trojans’ blueblood status in college football, a whopping 13 noteworthy players worked out. In total, 21 players particpated in the workouts, which were held outdoors on FieldTurf.

Despite the presence of so many talented prospects, however, it was one slightly lesser-known guy that really used the workout to catapult himself, according to my sources.

CB Kevin Thomas (5-foot-11 3/4, 189 pounds) had a 4.47-second average in the 40-yard dash, a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump and stood on his NFL Scouting Combine numbers in the short shuttle, three-cone drill and bench presss. Where he really impressed scouts was in the position drills. Look for Thomas to be on the rise.

The other player that was really exceptional was DE Everson Griffen. Griffen (6-2 3/4, 268) had an average of 4.62 seconds in the 40, a 34-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 7-inch broad jump, a 4.36-second short shuttle, a 7.25-second three-cone drill and stood on his bench press numbers from the combine. He had a very, very good workout and also ran linebacker drills.

The other marquee prospects are as follows (all of them did position drills):

S Taylor Mays (6-2 7/8, 223) had a 4.30 short shuttle and a 6.95 three-cone drill. He kept all of his other combine numbers.

OT Charles Brown (6-5 1/8, 297) had a 5.21-second average in the 40, a 32-inch vertical, an 8-5 broad jump and 20 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. He had 34 5/8-inch arms, which is great for an offensive tackle, but did suffer a pulled hamstring.

WR Damian Williams (6-foot 1-8, 191) stood on all of his combine numbers.

TE Anthony McCoy (6-4 1/2, 250) stood on all of his combine numbers.

RB Joe McKnight (5-11 1/8, 199) had a 9-11 broad jump, a 4.36 short shuttle and a 7.05 three-cone drill.

RB Stafon Johnson (5-10 1/8, 214) had a 4.61-second average in the 40, a 34-inch vertical, a 9-5 broad jump, a 4.25 short shuttle, a 7.19 three-cone drill and 14 bench press reps.

S/CB Josh Pinkard (6-1, 209) did 19 bench press reps and stood on everything else from the combine.

C Jeff Byers (6-3, 301) had a 5.04-second average 40, a 27-inch vertical, an 8-2 broad jump, a 4.45 short shuttle, a 7.58 three-cone drill and did 36 bench press reps.

G Alex Parsons (6-3 1/2, 305) had a 4.93-average 40, a 26 1/2-inch vertical, an 8-10 broad jump, a 4.55 short shuttle, a 7.67 three-cone drill and 25 bench press reps.

G Nick Howell (6-4 7/8, 300) had a 5.01-average 40, a 31 1/2-inch vertical, an 8-11 broad jump, a 4.43 short shuttle, a 7.36 three-cone drill and 38 bench press reps.

S Will Harris (6-0 1/4, 204) had a 4.57-average 40, a 36 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-4 broad jump, a 4.18 short shuttle, a 6.95 three-cone drill nad 32 bench press reps.

Gil Brandt

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