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September 14, 2005

Free 2006 Target Draft preview

.::USCFootball.com 2006 Target Draft::.
The USCFootball.com Target Draft is one of the most informative and innovative features in recruiting. Bringing together elements of the NFL Draft and signing day, the Target Draft provides in-depth analysis on the 25 best prep football players on USC's recruiting board. This is a free preview of what the Target Draft looks like. Here are picks 17, 18, 19 and 20!

Selections are made with three main factors in mind: talent, need and fit. All nominations for this draft are restricted to players expressing interest in officially visiting USC and are not verbally committed elsewhere. All players selected have been evaluated in person or on film by USCFootball.com. The selections made in this draft reflect the opinions of USCFootball.com and not the University of Southern California coaching staff.

NamePos.StarsHt/WtHometownNeed Rating
Brandon AntwineNT 6-1/275Garland (TX)3.5
The Player: One of, if not the quickest defensive tackle in the nation, Antwine is an explosive pass rusher who can make plays sideline to sideline. However, Antwine layed low this summer and didn't attend any NIKE or team camps. His tape is phenomenal, but there are some questions about his vitals. Antwine had six sacks last season as a nose tackle.

The Pick: USC needs defensive tackles, and while Antwine is quick, he looks more like a nose tackle than a B-gap pass rusher. His speed allows him to makes plays in the offensive backfield, and that's something USC lacks at the position.

The Quote ))) "When USC offered me, I couldn't believe it. I felt like I was still sleeping, and someone hadn't woken me up from my dream yet. I had been waiting for that moment, and it finally came." -- Brandon Antwine

The Clip: Reel 1 | Clip 2
Joshua TatumILB 6-0/220Oakland (CA)2.0
The Player: The dog tags say it all, Tatum is a soldier. While sidelined with injury as a junior, Tatum had 135 tackles and 10 sacks as a sophomore. A quick, explosive player, Tatum fits the mold of an undersized, playmaking middle linebacker. He's very aggressive and can shoot the gaps in the blink of an eye.

The Pick: The main issue with drafting Tatum is injury. He's a great athlete and a big hitter, but he tore his Labrum (shoulder joint) in the second week of his junior season. The Labrum functions as a shock absorber for the shoulder and helps connect the joint within the shoulder itself. How that affects his game is to be determined.

The Quote ))) "USC is a great fit for me in all areas -- socially, academically and definitely athletically. I've always liked USC and I loved watching them play last year." -- Joshua Tatum

The Clip: Reel 3 | Clip 1
Zack HebererOG 6-4/280San Pedro (CA)2.3
The Player: Built like a brick house, Heberer is a powerful blocker with a tremendous first step. That, combined with his agility, allows Heberer to make blocks down the line and in the secondary. When Heberer isn't plowing the trenches of the South Bay, he surfs. Heberer may be the biggest thing to hit a surfboard since Jaws, but his balance and footwork is great because of it.

The Pick: Heberer could play anywhere on the line, and that type of versatility is very valuable during the long season. We like Heberer as a guard first because of his quickness and strength, but bloodlines suggest he still has plenty of room to grow.

The Quote ))) "How can you say no to the USC Trojan national champions especially when you only live 20 minutes away? We want to be close to our boy and go to all his games instead of just a couple. It's an exciting time." -- Zack's father, Robb Heberer

The Clip: Reel 1 | Clip 3
Anthony McCoyAth 6-4/240Fresno (CA)3.0
The Player: McCoy is a flat out athlete. He can play one of three positions in college, possibly excelling at every one. McCoy could easily become a 250-pound plus tight end, defensive end or remain a physically dominating receiver. As a wide out, McCoy caught 54 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns. He runs solid routes and uses his size extremely well. McCoy is a complete mismatch for corners and linebackers alike.

The Pick: This pick is a gamble because of grades, but McCoy is the best three-star player you'll ever see. We project him as a tight end and believe he has the athleticism to replace Dominique Byrd's receiving skills.

The Quote ))) "USC kind of fits the bill. I've got family there, it's not too far away, and I like the academic programs there. That's what I'm looking for, and USC pretty much hits the spot." -- Anthony McCoy

The Clip: Reel 3 | Clip 1

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