The USC Trojans will be playing in the Sun Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on New Year’s Eve. Playing in a bowl game is always a good thing, but this is hardly the one in which USC envisioned playing, especially considering that many people saw them as a BCS Championship contender heading into this past college football season. After the game, the Trojans will find out whether or not they will have top wide receiver Robert Woods back in the mix in 2013.
Woods will announce his 2013 NFL Draft status following the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech. Woods has one season of eligibility remaining, but many expect Woods to make the announcement that he will forego his final season at USC and declare himself eligible for April’s NFL Draft.
Woods, who is the all-time leading wide receiver at USC in terms of receptions, has said that he received a complete NFL Draft evaluation from many scouts that place him in the second round range. Granted, anything can change once the draft rolls around, especially when other players either announce that they are going pro or that they will remain in school. A weak draft class of receivers will benefit Woods, although, if more players declare that they will enter the draft, it could push Woods down toward the end of the second round.
Either way, the 20-year-old receiver from USC is expected to make it official that he will leave USC and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. With Matt Barkley graduating and leaving for the NFL, it may be in the best interest of Woods to go ahead and join him, instead of getting used to a new quarterback with the Trojans in 2013.