How Many USC Trojans Quarterbacks Have Been Drafted Into Pro Football?


There are few colleges that can match the football history of the University of Southern California. The school has played in some great games and contributed some top names to the National Football League. How many USC quarterbacks have been drafted though? The answer, as of 2016, is 23.

Jim Hardy – 1945 – Redskins – 1st Round

Rudy Bukich – 1953 – Rams – 2nd Round

Ben Charles – 1961 – Bears – 19th Round

Bill Nelsen – 1963 – Steelers – 10th Round

Pete Beathard – 1964 – Lions – 1st Round

Craig Fertig – 1965 – Steelers – 20th Round

Mike Holmgren – 1970 – Cardinals – 8th Round

Mike Rae – 1973 – Raiders – 8th Round

Pat Haden – 1975 – Rams – 7th Round

Vince Evans – 1977 – Bears – 6th Round

Rob Hertel – 1978 – Bengals – 5th Round

Paul McDonald – 1980 – Browns – 4th Round

Rodney Peete – 1989 – Lions – 6th Round

Todd Marinovich – 1991 – Raiders – 1st Round

Pat O’Hara – 1991 – Buccaneers – 10th Round

Rob Johnson – 1995 – Jaguars – 4th Round

Kyle Wachholtz – 1996 – Packers – 7th Round

Carson Palmer – 2003 – Bengals – 1st Round

Matt Cassel – 2005 – Patriots – 7th Round

Matt Leinart – 2006 – Cardinals – 1st Round

John David Booty – 2008 – Vikings – 5th Round

Mark Sanchez – 2009 – Jets – 1st Round

Matt Barkley – 2013 – Eagles – 4th Round

Cody Kessler – 2016 – Browns – 3rd Round

Of note:

-1991 saw two USC quarterbacks get drafted in the same year. Todd Marinovich went to the Raiders with the 24th overall pick in the first round and Pat O’Hara would go to Tampa Bay in the 10th round.

-A USC quarterback was drafted for three straight years in the mid 1960’s. Bill Nelson went in 1963, Pete Beathard in 1964, and Craig Fertig in 1965. Two of those players, Nelson and Fertig, were picked by the Steelers.

-The highest a USC quarterback has ever been drafted is with the first overall pick and that honor went to Carson Palmer.

-The lowest a USC quarterback has ever been drafted was in the 20th round, the 270th overall selection of the draft, and that was Craig Fertig in 1965.

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