Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Local athletes drafted into the NFL
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published May 6, 2011

Rahim Moore photo by Jason Douglas Lewis

Rahim Moore went from Dorsey to UCLA and now to the NFL. Photo by Jason Lewis

Titus Young played for University High School and then Boise St.  He was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Photo by Jeff Lewis

By Jason Lewis
Sports Editor

Safety Rahim Moore (Dorsey), linebacker Akeem Ayers (Verbum Dei), and wide receiver Titus Young (University), all grew up playing football in Los Angeles, and now they will all take their talents to various cities in the NFL. 

Moore, who was named All-City three consecutive years at Dorsey, was drafted in the second round with the 45th pick by the Denver Broncos.

Moore has never been a player who needs time to develop, as he was a starter as a true freshman at UCLA, and he led the nation in interceptions his sophomore season. 

Safeties usually do not get the ball much, but in high school and in college, Moore had a knack for getting his hands on it.

Along with Moore, Ayers, who was also selected in the second round, 39th overall, was one of the premier defensive players at UCLA.  His freakish athletic abilities helped him make numerous highlight plays. 

At 6’3”, 254-pounds, Ayers was a monster when he charged into the offensive backfield and he could cover a lot of ground in pass coverage.  The Tennessee Titans have been known for their strong defenses for years, so it will be a great fit for Ayers.

Young, who played at Boise St, was also selected in the second round.  The Detroit Lions took the former Los Angeles All-City receiver with the 44th overall selection. 

While at Boise St, Young caught 204 passes for 3,063 yards and 25 touchdowns. 

The Lions were looking for an explosive playmaker on offense, and Young has been compared to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (Long Beach Poly).  So Young might be able to make an impact early in his career.

Richard Sherman, who played at Dominguez High School and then at Stanford, was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals as a cornerback in the fifth round.

USC sent a number of players to the NFL, as usual. 

Offensive tackle Tyron Smith was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 9th pick in the first round. 

Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey was drafted by the Titans and defensive back Shareece Wright by the San Diego Chargers in the third round. 

Tight end Jordan Cameron was drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns. 

Wide receiver Ronald Johnson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and running back Allen Bradford by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round. 

In the seventh round fullback Stanley Havili was selected by the Eagles, wide receiver David Ausberry by the Oakland Raiders, and linebacker Malcolm Smith by the Seattle Seahawks.


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