Sep 3, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly on the sidelines against the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

KC's Winning Blueprint: Chip Kelly and Geno Smith

As we sit with seven games still remaining in this NFL season, most Kansas City Chiefs fans have given up all hope of the Chiefs as we currently know them becoming a winner. Most fans are in agreement that the Chiefs are in dire need of replacing three of the biggest positions in a NFL franchise: The GM, the coach, and the QB. I’m in 100% agreement with replacing all three of those and have been since I sat in the upper deck and watched the Raiders whoop up on KC on their own home field (although you wouldn’t know it by all the Raiders fans there) despite the Chiefs having an extra week to prepare.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I’d like to see the Chiefs do. Bill Cowher is probably the most popular choice for coach, but I don’t know how likely that is. Plus, keep in mind how long it took for Cowher to win with the Steelers. The only thing I know for sure is that after watching Romeo just stand there with a Herm Edwards-esqe blank look on his face while his team is getting destroyed, is that I want the next KC coach to have some fire and energy. This is a a young and impressionable team and the need someone to get them fired up and pointed in the right direction.

As far as the QBs go, I was like everyone else in that I was worried that no QB this year would be worthy of a 1st or 2nd overall pick. I’d looked into Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, and Tyler Wilson and found some series concerns with all three.

So I thought that I was going to have to wait and see until I declared my allegiance to any one possible coach or QB for the Chiefs to pursue. That was before I read two different articles on Oregon coach Chip Kelley that have completely changed my thinking.

If you are a fan of football strategy, football x’s and o’s, or just really interested in possible head coaching candidates you MUST read these two articles. I found them utterly fascinating. SERIOUSLY, stop reading my post right now and go read these two articles. DO IT!!! REALLY, I MEAN IT. READ THEM!!!!!

Tim Livingston’s How Oregon Coach Chip Kelley Can Spark ‘Moneyball’ Revolution In NFL from Yahoo’s ThePostGame

Chris Brown’s The New Old School from Grantland

I don’t know how you could read those two articles and not come away impressed with Kelly. What really gets me is that these two different writers basically broke down why Kelly is good enough to not only excel but revolutionize the NFL, but they both had different reasons as to why he can do it.

If you’re one of the incredibly unfortunate readers that didn’t click on the links above and actually read the articles (It’s not too late, go back and do it, it’s worth it, really……….seriously, I’m not going to keep going until you go back and read them………okay, fine!) then here are a couple highlights to sell you on this guy.

From the Yahoo piece that focuses on Kelly’s aggressive approach and playing the odds instead of playing it safe:

Whenever Kelly does enter the league, he’ll play the game aggressively, with “aggressively” meaning in a mathematically logical fashion. By the end of the season every coach will be going for it on fourth down, attempting fake punts, fake field goals, two-point conversions, and they’ll likely do all of this oblivious to the fact that there’s astounding mathematical evidence supporting the decisions they’re making. They’ll just see Chip Kelly’s team lighting up the scoreboard and follow suit because … well, 90 percent of NFL coaches are followers.

I read this article about a week ago and I was intrigued. I liked the idea of the Chiefs being aggressive. Todd Haley used this same philosophy and I always loved it. He got ripped in the press a few times when it didn’t work, but I like the idea of the Chiefs being the team trying something new and aggressive instead of hiring a retread coach that will follow the same NFL blueprint that most other coaches use.

That having been said, I still was skeptic of Kelly. After all, a lot of good college coaches have flopped in the NFL. Most college offensive systems don’t translate to the NFL and I was worried that Kelly would be another one of these. Plus, it seems like the college coaches that make it in the NFL like Tom Coughlin, Pete Carroll, and Jim Harbaugh all had NFL ties before their current coaching position. Kelly has no NFL experience of any kind. Then I read the second article at Grantland about the x’s and o’s of Kelly’s system and how and why it works. It makes sense to me. Here a couple snippets:

Chip Kelly’s offense works not because it’s a gimmick, but because rather than choose sides between old and new, Kelly’s teams straddle history. Oregon is successful because it does well what good teams have always done well, albeit with a slightly more modern wardrobe.

This change of pace is actually how Oregon constantly keeps defenses off balance. If they only went one pace the entire game the offense would actually be easier to defend. When the defense lines up quickly and is set, Kelly takes his time and picks the perfect play. When the defense is desperate to substitute or identify Oregon’s formation, the Ducks sprint to the line and rip off two, three, or four plays in a row — and it rarely takes more than that for them to score.

a Chip Kelly–coached NFL team would win for the same reasons that the Chip Kelly–coached college team wins. Behind the speed, the spread, the Daft Punk helmets, and the flashy uniforms, Oregon ultimately wins with old-fashioned, fundamental, run-it-up-the-gut football. I think everyone, even fans of the spread offense, can appreciate that.

The basic idea is that Kelly attacks wherever the defense gives him numbers. He spreads the field out, not to run a Mike Leach at Texas Tech or June Jones at Hawaii spread passing attack, but a balanced or even run heavy attack. Kelly spreads the field out and makes the defense choose what they are going to do. If they spread out too, then he attacks the middle of the field with the run game. If they crowd the box to stop the run then he takes his chances with his WRs all being in single man to man coverage. It’s a different approach then the spread passing attack that just spreads the field out for the sole purpose of giving a QB sitting back in the shotgun multiple receiving targets.

Here’s why I like this idea so much for KC. Think about the RBs that have thrived in this system at Oregon like LaMichael James and now Kenjon Barner. These guys are home run hitters. Guys that when the defenses spread out can hit an open gap up the gut and be off to the races in a heartbeat. Of all the top RBs in the NFL right now, who do you think best fits that mold? If you were picking the perfect NFL back to use in this system I think you can make a strong choice that Jamaal Charles is tailor made for this system. That’s why I’m 100% on the Kelly bandwagon now. I think the Chiefs have three offensive weapons on the roster right now that would thrive in Kelly’s system: Charles, Dexter McCluster, and Tony Moeaki. Think about McCluster as a slot WR in Kelly’s system that is designed to create space for players to make plays, perfect fit. Kelly loves creating mismatches, so having a TE that can stay in and block for the running attack, or exploit single coverage and become a target downfield is perfect as well. The Chiefs would have to either resign Bowe or bring in another big play WR in order to exploit single coverage if the defense was keying in on the run.

Then there’s the small matter of the quarterback, but we’ll get to that in a second.

The last thing I want to highlight from the Grantland piece that I think would lead to Kelly’s success in the NFL is his approach to practice. The old-school ranks of NFL coaches have had the bulk of their practice taken away by the new collective bargaining agreement. Some have had a hard time adapting. College coaches on the other hand are used to having limitations on the amount of time with their team. Check out this section on Kelly and his practices.

Operating under the constraint of NCAA-imposed practice time limits, Kelly’s sessions are designed around one thing: maximizing time. Kelly’s solution is simple: The practice field is for repetitions. Traditional “coaching” — correcting mistakes, showing a player how to step one way or another, or lecturing on this or that football topic — is better served in the film room. The up-tempo, no-huddle offense ends up benefiting in practice as much as it does in games. Without time wasted huddling, players get many more practice repetitions, leading to increased efficiency on Saturdays. As Sam Snead once said, “practice is putting brains in your muscles,” and Oregon’s up-tempo practices are all about making Kelly’s system second nature.

This sounds like exactly what the Chiefs need to jump start their pathetic offense. That, and a good quarterback to run this system.

Enter Geno Smith:

Sep 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) reacts after a touchdown in the first quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

As impressive as Geno Smith looked early in the season, I was quick to jump off the Geno bandwagon after his numbers began sliding as he faced more formidable defenses. His completion percentage and his yards per attempt have dropped drastically over the past month. I also haven’t liked his sideline demeanor in some of their loses. I want my QB to always be rallying the troops and at times Smith has looked liked he has accepted defeat. That’s the last thing a team like the Chiefs needs when they are trying to break out of their losing ways.

I’m not doing much to sell the guy yet, am I?

Here’s the thing. Before supplanting myself firmly on the Chip Kelly bandwagon, I was leaning towards either Matt Barkley or Tyler Wilson as my first choice for the Chiefs to draft. However, after reading about Kelly’s system, I don’t think there is any question about which of the first round QBs would be best suited to run it.

Check out this quote segment of the Grantland article about Kelly’s system and his use of the QB:

But despite all his success, there are those who still like to label his offense a gimmick, or, more practically, wonder if it’s possible to run a spread offense in the NFL, given the beating a quarterback might endure. This misunderstands Kelly’s attack. “I look for a quarterback who can run and not a running back who can throw. I want a quarterback who can beat you with his arm,” Kelly explained at a coaches clinic in the spring of 2011, emphatically adding, “We are not a Tim Tebow type of quarterback team. I am not going to run my quarterback 20 times on power runs.”

So Kelly wants an athletic quarterback who can run if he has to, but that is mainly going to beat you with his arm. If you look at the scouting reports of the three first round options at QB I think you will find that all of them describe Smith as having the best mobility and athleticism and the strongest arm. I don’t think Barkley or Wilson have the mobility to run Kelly’s offense. Smith is not a running QB, but Kelly doesn’t ask his QBs to run very often. Oregon’s QB Marcus Mariota has 78 rushes this season compared to 251 pass attempts. If you compare that to K-State’s Collin Klein who has 154 rushes compared to 208 attempts you see the difference in what he asks his QB to do. FYI, Geno Smith has 53 rushes this season compared to 400 pass attempts.

In addition to the athleticism, I think Geno’s deep ball is the other reason he is the right guy for Kelly’s system. If the Chiefs were running Kelly’s no huddle and wanted to make sure defenses weren’t crowding the line to stop Jamaal Charles, having a QB who can stretch the field is a major plus. Wilson also throws a solid deep ball, but Matt Barkley is widely considered to only have an average arm.

Finally, despite some reservations that I have about Smith’s on field demeanor when his team is down, his work ethic and football knowledge is suppose to be first rate. I don’t think he would have a problem putting in the work to learn Kelly’s system.

For what it’s worth, the rest of my blueprint for next season would include hiring Marty Schottenheimer to a consultant/VP of football operations type of position, and then hiring a no name GM that nobody has ever heard of but other GMs all around the league respect as a talent evaluator. Marty will be the guy that talks to the media and is the “figure head” for the front office while our new no name, no ego GM just sits in an office and scouts players and works out contracts. We’d keep the key members of the defensive coaching staff in place (Gary Gibbs, Anthony Pleasant, and Emmett Thomas). I think the current defense with a Chip Kelley offense would be fantastic. We should resign Bowe, Albert, and Colquitt to long term deals. Let Dorsey go and restructure Tyson Jackson so that he’s paid like a rotational player and not a first round draft pick. Then upgrade wherever else we can through free agency and the rest of the draft.

In the words of Romeo Crennel: I mean…BOOM.

That’s how I’d get it done. (Maybe I should be the new GM?)

I don’t know how the rest of this season will play out for the Chiefs. I don’t know where they will be drafting or if/when they will fire Scott Pioli and/or Romeo Crennel. What I do now know is that this Armchair Addict will be hoping that when next season rolls around Chip Kelly will be our new head coach and Geno Smith will be our starting QB.

Who’s with me?

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  • Huck Daddy

    HuckDaddy is with you man. Maybe all this suffering will be worth something in the end.

  • ArrowFan

    I’m on board, but we will still need a top notch D coordinator. Now we just need to loose out and at least one piece will be all but guaranteed.

    • Danny W

      IDK,, I thought Gibbs had the defense ready to play last week. If he finishes strong I say we give him a shot.

    • Jim Harper

      Maybe not! Gibbs did a helluva job against the Steelers.


    After reading your article, I can see absolutely nothing wrong with your conclusions. Except one. You don’t mention Clark Hunt. Hunt is just too encased in the “old” NFL way of doing things. Hunt is nothing like his father, who we all know was an inovator, not a CEO.Why do you suppose he hired Pioli and then let Pioli move Crennel to the HC spot? I would love to get excited about seeing that little Banty Rooster, Chip Kelly on the sidelines. He would remind us of a certain old college coach named Lou Holtz in his prime, except with a really good offense. Ahhh, to dream.

    • Lyle Graversen

      The only thing I’ll argue with that is that I don’t think Clark gives a flying frog what system his team is using as long as they win and he makes money. The team could run the wishbone, west coast offense, or the spread and if he’s stacking dollars on dollars, he’ll be just fine. I don’t think he has anything to do with the day to day football operations. He’s basically given Pioli total control. That’s part of the problem.

  • tm1946

    I buy all of it. We will see the direction the team takes after the season ends. Clark will show his colors then. No matter which way he goes, we will know just what the Chiefs will be during his ownership.

  • Travis Forsyth

    if it’s meant to be, it’ll be…we’ll all just have to wait and see.

    • Jim Harper

      Well at least you did not say “It’s in God’s hands now”

  • Danny W

    I can’t say I’d be upset at all with this kind of outcome at the end of the season. West Virginia’s O line is pretty bad. Yo give a guy like Smith a little time and he will burn a team deep, he’s pretty accurate with time.

  • Altarium

    Geno Smith has bust written all over him IMO. Now, if the Chiefs pick him, I’d want nothing more than to be so wrong about it that I have to committed to a mental institution for insanity. But right now, he doesn’t strike me as a leader this team desperately needs; throwing tantrums on the sideline during games is something Cam Newton does, and it doesn’t inspire confidence at all. One of the only talked about QBs that looks like a strong leader is Collin Klein (who may or may not even enter the draft). Klein however, probably isn’t NFL ready, even though he’s shown continuous improvement all season. (then again Tannehill wasn’t supposed to be and he’s looked ok for a rookie) (also, I’ll readily admit as I have in the past that I’m biased as a KSU fan…)
    Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs didn’t even draft a QB this year since there’s no truly stand out prospects like there were with Luck and Griffin. If Pioli is still around, I see a trade coming this offseason for a backup QB off someone elses team. It’s all about value, right?

    • Lyle Graversen

      First, I’ve never seen Geno throw a tantrum. He’s more the opposite, I’d like to see more fight and emotion out of him when his team is down. Second, no one is drafting Klein to come in and start right away. He’s a project that will need to sit for a few years. I love the guy, but anyone that thinks he should be a first round pick and start as a rookie is drinking a little too much purple kool aid.

      • Jim Harper

        Me either! Where is the tantrum thing coming from? And if I hear one more person mention Klein I am going to be sick.
        Just another Tebow type QB. Geno is more like RG3 and if everyone will remember he got a lot of hate until later in the year last year. I want a QB capable of making a splash. Every first round pick has the potential to bust. We have had more than our share of them. I am certainly willing to take a swing for the fence for a change on a QB. I will say this though. Whoever we draft for QB is going to be contingent on who we have for a head coach.. Kelly sounds potentially exciting to me, but if not him then I would sure like Gruden. He is firey and good with QB’s.

  • Jonathan Aldridge

    does anyone think that if chip kelly goes to the nfl he’d try and get denard robinson for his high-speed offense?

    • Lyle Graversen

      Maybe as a Dante Hall type player, not at QB.

  • Cha-iefs

    What happens when….I mean “IF” Geno Smith flops as KC’s QB? How do they run Chip’s “amazing style offense” then? Sounds like putting a lot of eggs in one basket to me. God forbid, i say, GOD forbid, What if the QB gets hurt? Who steps in to run this specific style offense? Cassel? KC keeping Stanzi, lol? So if they do…So its stanzi? on a side note, WHO says Matt Barkely has a weak arm!?!? Thats crazy! I see Geno Smith underthrow deep passes a lot. Matt leads his WRs on deep passes. This article seems like a nice pep talk to rally the masses but i’m not so sure i’d be happy trying to use this spread offense in KC. Maybe he should go to the Bills and Jim Kelly can come back as their GM and they could bring back the K-Gun…call it the Chip-gun in the AFC…EAST.
    I’m still leaning towards a Matt barkely, Jon Gruden pairing in KC. I’m NOT saying Matt is my choice or that I hate Geno. I know these comments turn into bias fanboy loyality to “your” prefered QB choice,so thumbs up or down but atleast be openminded and look at the situation as a whole. Its mostly a venting forum these days. Just saying, A lot could be at stake with this offense of Chips. I’m still not sold… even after reading this article.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Look, will I be bummed if we end up with Barkley and Gruden? No way, I’ll be pumped, I just think Kelly/Geno have the most upside. I’m willing to swing for the fences even though there is a chance we’ll strike out. As far as the what if Geno busts or gets hurt angle, we’ll be just as set back if Barkley busts. Maybe our backup QB would handle a traditional offense better, but we’ve all seen that you can’t win with a backup anyway these last like 6 years. I’m ready to sim for greatness and not play it safe.

      • Jim Harper

        Amen to that Lyle! Everybody seems to want to play it safe.

      • Cha-iefs

        Its not about playing it safe. It’s about “next man up”. If you design a entire offense to be run by and fit one person [QB]. You’re asking for disastrous results if something happens and that person can’t go on sunday. How about the Colts when P. Manning couldn’t play? Its not the same offense or style QBs but I think we all get the point here. Play it safe? How about “play it smart”. RG3 went down with a big hit to the head this season. First concussion of his career, i think. Lucky it wasn’t a major problem and he didn’t miss any serious length of play. You bet he got chewed out about using the sideline though. So, If youre planning on running the QB [at all],plan for him to eventually get hurt. It’s a team sport, I don’t think KC needs to reinvent the wheel. They just need a good coach and a better QB……not a new style offense. BTW…….

        …..”The basic idea is that [chip] Kelly attacks wherever the defense gives him numbers. He spreads the field out, not to run a Mike Leach at Texas Tech or June Jones at Hawaii spread passing attack, but a balanced or even run heavy attack. Kelly spreads the field out and makes the defense choose what they are going to do. If they spread out too, then he attacks the middle of the field with the run game. If they crowd the box to stop the run then he takes his chances with his WRs all being in single man to man coverage. It’s a different approach then the spread passing attack that just spreads the field out for the sole purpose of giving a QB sitting back in the shotgun multiple receiving targets.”
        ….HOW IS THIS GROUND BREAKING OFFENSE? HOW IS THIS A “NEW STYLE”. [sorry about the caps] Brady has been doing this in NE for years, before the 2 TEs came to town. It much less now days. However, This IS the spread offense. It just sounds like the coach [chip kelly] is micromanaging the reads for the QB. Thats what Weis did for Cassel in 2010,in reguards to the reads. I’d rather have Gruden develope the QB and groom him and not just create a puppet to run a “chip offense”. I want the next LEADER to be the QB in KC. I want the QB to command the team, like brady,rogers,brees,mannings, Im not saying theres a QB on their level in the draft but I want KCs QB to lead the team the way those guys lead theirs…draft a franchise guy NOT draft a offensive system & coach. [chip kelly & his system.]

  • big chief

    Kelly maybe but until a college coach makes a splash in the NFL I’d like to pass on them all. Smith? No way. Give me Landry Jones.

    • Lyle Graversen

      I can see being worried about Smiths bust factor, but to counter with Landry Jones?!? Be honest, are you a sooner fan?

      • TAZMOSIS

        Agreed on Landry Jones. I see Jones as a very late first or even a second. Smith is, in my opinion, the best upside prospect in the entire QB class. He has a great arm, and his stats show that he does not make Cassel-like mistakes. Does he need some polish? Sure, but the guy can make all the throws, has great footwork and can use his feet to get out of trouble. And as far as Barkley, I ain’t feelin’ it for him. His footwork is suspect, his arm strength is average, and the most important thing is that he is operating with several potential pro prospects on the O-line and at receiver. Not so with Geno Smith.

        • Lyle Graversen

          I think Jones will end up being a 3rd-4th round pick, that’s how NOT sold on him I am. I agree with what you said about Geno’s OL not being great, but he does have 2 WRs that will be drafted in the first 2-3 rounds. They may not be as good as the USC WRs, but he does have good WRs to throw to.

          • TAZMOSIS

            Lyle, remember in last years draft when the Chiefs were ready to pick. Every fan was on pins and needles waiting for ANYBODY but Dontari Poe. Well, before the commish could get out “tari after Don
            we were all in tears. If I don’t hear “With the first pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Geno Smith”, last year’s draft will be a picnic compared to what the Chief’s fans do this time.

      • big chief

        He might be a later pick but I guarantee he will have the best pro career from this qb class. That’s ok because being overlooked and sliding in the draft worked out well for Aaron Rodgers. Call me crazy but he has the best qb skill set of them all this year. Not the best athlete but the best qb. You don’t set every OU passing record possible with constant injuries to skill players and o-line if you stink.

        • Lyle Graversen

          Jason White was an amazing college QB that passed for a bazillion yards and won the Heisman in that same system and didn’t have a pro career at all. I don’t think Jones can read defenses well enough.

          • big chief

            True but White also played on one of the best teams in the history of football. That 2003 team had an amazing regular season. The defense was number one. I think Landry or Bradford would have won national championships on that team. Point is White had more talent around him. Besides he retired before his rookie season started due to his knees so we’ll never know what kind of pro he might have been.

      • big chief

        Actually I think Jones and Smith go head ti head Saturday. Could be a good comparison barometer.

        • Lyle Graversen

          I don’t know Smith going against a solid Okl defense and Jones going against a pathetic D like WV has isn’t a very fair fight.

          • big chief

            You might be right about that but playing big at home against big opponents is what being great is all about so we might still learn something about Geno.

          • Lyle Graversen

            Very True

          • Jim Harper

            True! I certainly learned something about Landry Jones when Notre Dame went into Stillwater and turned the Sooners into Laters!

  • Dave

    I like EJ Manuel better than Geno Smith

    • Dave

      But I’d still go Barkley #1

      • Lyle Graversen

        I was leaning Barkley before I jumped on the Chip Kelly bandwagon. I just think Geno is a better fit with Kelly. If the Chiefs hire a west coast offense coach, then Barkley would make more since.

    • Lyle Graversen

      Really? Before the season I could see that, MAYBE, but I think Manuel looks like a definite project.

  • Jeffrey Fisher

    Just Say No To GeNO!

  • Jeffrey Fisher

    Just say NO to GeNO!

  • Jeremy Parkercom

    I like it.

  • Jason Ray Brawn

    Ok Lyle i got a question for ya what do you think of a Chip Kelley and Tanney combo?? I know we havent seen much of him yet but his college numbers were amazing( not D 1 but still). I do like smith as our first pick if we go QB. But he reminds me alot of Jamarcus Russel. Wouldnt be opposed to a possible trade for Kirk Cousins from Washington either. So whats your thoughts on those things bud. Great article btw and GO CHIEFS!!!!!

  • Cha-iefs

    I still want to know, WHO says Matt Barkely has a weak arm Lyle!? He almost ALWAYS leads his WRs on the deep ball. I know for a fact,He can throw it 60 yards in the air. [I haven't noticed a throw he couldn't make either.] This isn’t about Geno vs Matt, it’s about WHO says Matt has a weak arm* but I’ve seen Geno underthrow his WRs A LOT on the deep ball. Infact, it looks as though his deep ball is more of a “hailmary” throw everytime. I’d say a good number of those deep pass TDs should of been INTs. I’m not making a case for either here but i am looking for a answer to my question? I’m not the #1 college football fan but i’ve studied TONS of footage on these 2 QBs and I DON’T see how anyone can make a case that Matt has a weak arm. Besides since when does having elite arm strength equal success? Jamarcus Russell could throw the ball thru the uprights from his KNEE at the 50yrd line. I don’t know of a “Elite QB” in the NFL that can do that! Not mannings,NOT Brady,NOT Rodgers. They get by just fine. I just think thats a fallacy about Matt Barkleys arm strength Lyle.

  • ArrowFan

    Ask Chip today how that not kicking FG thing worked this last week end? I’m defiantly on board with Geno. I have watched him the last two weeks and he has the stuff. He always progresses through his reads and only runs when has to. If given the choice of a 7 yard sure thing dump down or a 37 yard nearly impossible TD pass he seems to always score the TD.

  • Terence Farley

    The reason people think Barkley has a weak arm is simple, he doesn’t have a lot of zip on his passes. Leading a receiver is about timing and not arm strength. Can he throw a ball 60 yards? That’s a lot less important than spinning a good fastball. I’m not a big fan of Landry Jones but watching his games he certainly canse flinging it. Barkley doesn’t and he has the all time leading USC receiver as well as one of the top WR prospect in the draft