The USC Trojans have gotten off to a solid start this season and are currently ranked No. 19 in the country. Cody Kessler has had a big hand in getting the Trojans to that ranking as he has become one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy award.
Mel Kiper was asked to weigh in on his draft stock and said that he views Kessler as a potential first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
First-round mix. https://t.co/NrSS8ZJ1CF
— Mel Kiper Jr. (@MelKiperESPN) September 24, 2015
Kessler has completed 78.7 percent of his pass attempts this season, with 922 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. That is just about as perfect as a quarterback can be through the first three games of the season.
It will be interesting to see which teams show interest in the signal-caller throughout the 2016 draft process. There are a number of teams out there that could use a quarterback, especially the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns.
Both of those teams are franchises to keep an eye on over the course of the season.
That being said, USC is going to continue relying on the arm of their star quarterback to keep them in the top rankings.
At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Kessler doesn’t have the ideal size for an NFL quarterback, but there will likely be concerns about his size throughout the entire draft process, although that was the case for both Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers as well. Kessler possesses a very strong NFL arm and has the potential to become something very special.
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