Sep 22, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans cornerback Nickell Robey (21) reacts during the game against the California Golden Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated California 27-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

USC Trojans Lose Nickell Robey to 2013 NFL Draft

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft is January 15 and the USC Trojans have lost a starter on the defensive side of the ball just short of tomorrow’s deadline.

USC Trojans cornerback Nickell Robey has informed the team of his decision to forgo his final year of eligibility and make the jump to the pros. Robey becomes the 70th underclassmen to join this year’s draft class.

“[Coach Lane Kiffin] respected my decision,” Robey said. “It’s a business decision, like any other important decision I’ve made my whole life. It’s the best thing for my family and for me.

This is an opportunity. Nothing is guaranteed to anybody. They can make a lot of predictions,  but nothing is guaranteed.”

Robey is a three-year starter for the Trojans and also competed as a long-jumper and sprinter on the USC track team. He has 111 tackles, 6 interceptions and 13 deflections in college career.

According to Robey’s USC bio page: “He became the first USC true freshman to start a season opener at cornerback in the post-World War II era.”

The NFL draft evaluation committee did not project the 5-foot-8, 165-pound corner to be selected in the first three rounds. He will have a chance to change the opinion of NFL scouts at the Scouting Combine.

You can stay up to date with the latest underclassmen declarations with our 2013 NFL Draft Underclassmen Declarations Tracker.

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