Evaluating the Trojans' NFL rookies
January, 9, 2012
By Kyle Williams | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Wilfredo LeeTyron Smith had a very good rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys and looks to be a key building block in the team's future.Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys) -- Taken in the first round, Smith became the second highest offensive lineman drafted by the Cowboys since 1966. The last offensive lineman drafted by the Cowboys from USC was Jacob Rodgers in the 2004 draft. Smith started all 16 games for Dallas and was one of the more reliable O-linemen on the team. Rumors have been circulating that because his consistent play, Smith would be moved to left tackle and Doug Free would be moved back over to right tackle.
Jurrell Casey (Tennessee Titans) -- As a rookie, Casey had a solid season for Tennessee. He started 15 out of 16 games this season, with his best game against Houston in the season finale. In that game he registered six total tackles, 1.5 sacks and was nominated for Pepsi’s NFL rookie of the week. Casey finished the season with 52 total tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Shareece Wright (San Diego Chargers) -- The rookie cornerback was activated for seven games, but only played in two. The best of those two games came against the Denver Broncos, where Wright had three solo tackles.