Waiting game ends for Casey, Wright
Pac 10 production increased in round two of the NFL draft, but of the five players selected, there were none representing USC. After 64 selections over a span of two days, Tyron Smith remained the only Southern California draftee of 2011. But as the event shifted to the third round, and moved fourteen picks in, suddenly there was another.
The Tennessee Titans selected Jurrell Casey with the 77th overall pick, bringing the big man’s slide to an end. The 300 pound defensive tackle had preliminary projections ranging from late first to mid second round, but like many others receiving the early grade, fell backwards as the draft moved forward.
Casey was a two year starter for the Trojans and a disruptive force in the middle. He followed in the footsteps of Sedrick Ellis and Fili Moala at defensive tackle, and ESPN’s Todd McShay compares the man in what he calls a “Humpty Dumpty” body to former Trojan and current Philadelphia Eagle Mike Patterson.
Shareece Wright also received that long awaited call on Friday, and he finds himself staying at home in California. The former Trojan takes his talents just 90 miles down the road to the San Diego Chargers, where he’ll compete with others for a corner spot.
Durability was the main concern for teams showing interest Wright, but the skill set is evident, and obviously strong enough to set past injuries aside and focus on today’s product.
Pete Carroll has yet to draft any of his former players, but Wright’s selection was made possible by a San Diego pick acquired from the Seahawks in trade.