Return of the Magnificent Seven
Seven USC Trojans were selected during first day, with four going in the first 32 picks – the most Trojans selected in the first round since 1968. Most picks will be seeing some familiar faces when they report to their respective teams’ training camps.
DT Sedrick Ellis was drafted seventh by the New Orleans Saints where he will be not only be reunited with Reggie Bush but with Ed Orgeron, former Trojan D-line coach. LB Keith Rivers’, selected ninth by the Cincinnati Bengals, first congratulatory call came from none other than former Trojan QB Carson Palmer who warmly welcomed Rivers to the struggling squad.
The Seattle Seahawks selected DE Lawrence Jackson with the 28th pick, and “LoJack” will be reunited with defender “Lofa” Tatupu, while CB Terrell Thomas will suit up with former SC standout Steve Smith and the Super Bowl champion Giants.
Other Trojans selected the first day include: OT Sam Baker at No. 21 by the Falcons, OG Chilo Rachal at No. 39 by the 49ers and TE Fred Davis at No. 48 by the Redskins.
QB John David Booty finally got a call from a team late in the second day as he was picked up by Vikings in the fifth round with their 137th pick overall. Booty might be questioning his decision three years ago to leave high school early as his draft value could have vaulted with an additional year of college play.
And RB Chauncey Washington, who at one point started ahead of Reggie Bush, has to wonder what could have been (he was eventually selected in the last round by Jacksonville with the 213th pick) had he avoided off the field troubles during his time as a Trojan.
Bad News Bears
The Bruins held their spring scrimmage the same day as the draft. Three Bruins were taken in the later stages of draft over the weekend, but, unfortunately for Bruin fans, both of their senior QBs were injured in back-to-back plays during the intrasquad scrimmage.
Patrick Cowan will miss all of the upcoming 2008 season due to an injured ACL, while Ben Olsen will undergo surgery to have a screw put into his right foot in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, OLB Bruce Davis was selected by the Steelers, and FS Matt Slater was picked by the Patriots.