According to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread, 15 NFL teams will be in attendance for Thursday night’s Pac-12 Conference matchup between the USC Trojans and the California Golden Bears.
According to Goodbread, the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dophins, New Enlgnad Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Indianapolis colts all have scouts in attendance at the game.
According to USA Today’s most recent three-round NFL mock draft, only the Trojans have prospects likely to be picked in the early rounds of the draft. Leading that list is junior wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. After receiving for nearly 1500 yards last season, he has 565 yards and eight touchdowns entering Thursday night. USA Today has him projected as an early second-round pick.
Other potential players of interest are USC junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (34 tackles and two interceptions) and senior offensive tackle Zach Banner.
Both teams enter the game with 4-3 records. USC is coming off of three consecutive wins over Pac-12 opponents Arizona State, Colorado, and Arizona. Schuster leads the team in both yards from scrimmage and touchdowns.
California, meanwhile, is coming in on a more up-and-down season with strong wins over ranked teams like Texas and Utah, but close losses against Arizona State, San Diego State, and Oregon State. They are led by senior quarterback Davis Webb, who, after taking over following the departure of Jared Goff, has already thrown for over 2500 yards and 27 touchdowns this season.