As we approach the NFL draft, more and more underclass players will decide to either declare or return to college for another season. One of those names USC Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods and while he hasn’t officially made a decision yet, he’s expected to make one by this upcoming Monday.
Here’s a spoiler: Woods is expected to declare foe the NFL Draft.
Sources have told the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Daily News that barring a sudden lat minute change of heart, Woods is expected to make his declaration for the NFL Draft on Monday.
Woods reportedly was given an NFL draft evaluation that basically said if he declares for the draft he won’t fall any farther than the top of the second round, which seems to be good enough for Woods. Once he officially declares for the draft, gurus making mocks will feel more comfortable placing him in the first round, and some have even started doing that already.
Another motivating factor to declare now rather than play out his senior season is the emergence of Marquis Lee. Woods has taken a backseat to Lee who has become the Trojans leading receiver and new favorite target. Lee even took a shot at breaking Woods all-time receiving yards record and crushed it in the process.
Woods has still been impressive in a secondary role on the Trojans offense, and many see him as the best target on the team but Marquis Lee is only going to get better and Woods draft stock may be hurt if he’s outdone by Lee again next season.
The decision on whether or not Woods will enter the 2013 NFL Draft is being shelved until after the Trojans play Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.