04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 49. WR Robert Woods, USC (6-0, 210, 3JR)...Although he's not the biggest or fastest, Woods is a sharp route runner with very good quickness in his breaks to create separation and do something with the ball. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 25. *Robert Woods, WR, USC: While all eyes were on his quarterback, Woods stole the show at USC's Pro Day (March 27) turning in much faster times in the shuttle drills, proving the quick change-of-direction so evident on his tape. He can line up inside and out, and can run good routes in a pro-style offense, so Woods is viewed by some as the safest pick of the 2013 receiver class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/2013 - 2013 USC Pro Day: Matt Barkley was draw, but Robert Woods is star of USC Pro Day...Robert Woods, WR (6-0 1/2, 200) - Woods ran the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds, the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds, and stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Woods had a great pro day workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 USC Pro Day: That wasn't the case for his primary target, Woods, who shaved nearly a tenth-of-a-second off the 4.47-second 20-yard shuttle drill he'd run at the combine with a time of 4.38 seconds. He was even better in the three-cone drill, where he was timed as fast as 6.84 seconds after being clocked at a disappointing 7.15 seconds in the drill in Indianapolis.
As impressive as Woods was in timed drills, he was even better during the positional drills, exploding out of his breaks and catching nearly every pass thrown to him, including a dazzling one-handed catch deep down the right sideline. Woods' one drop came on a deep post on Barkley's final throw against the wind in which the receiver simply lost his concentration. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Another junior Pac-12 wideout with top-40 potential is USC's Robert Woods, but like Allen, he has some lingering injury concerns that will help decide his draft stock. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle in December 2011 and was bothered by the injury much of the spring and summer. Woods looked mostly healthy throughout the 2012 season, but his long-term stability will still be under scrutiny if there is any issue with his ankles. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/31/2012 - Though the two USC receivers are often compared, they are actually quite different prospects. Lee is unquestionably the more dynamic athlete but is hardly the polished all-around football player that Woods has proven himself to be over his three seasons at USC. Because of Woods reliable route-running, soft hands and toughness, he served not only as Matt Barkley's most trusted option on "money" downs but as the Trojans' primary punt returner, as well. Woods, who caught just three passes for 33 yards in his final game as a Trojan, leaves USC with 252 career catches for 2,930 yards and 32 touchdowns. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/31/2012 - Shortly after his team lost 21-7 to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, Southern Cal junior wide receiver Robert Woods made the announcement those close to the program had been expecting for weeks -- he's leaving the Trojans for the NFL. The 6-1, 190 pound receiver currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 31 overall prospect for the 2013 draft and a potential first round pick.
Woods exploded onto the scene as a true freshman, earning the then-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2010 by starting all 13 games and leading the team with 792 receiving yards. He followed that up with the best season of his collegiate career, hauling in 112 passes for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Like many of his teammates, Woods failed to live up to the hype in 2012, watching his production slip significantly. Though he scored 11 touchdowns, Woods caught "just" 73 passes for 813 yards, good for a career-low 11.1 yards-per-catch average as the Trojans offense increasingly featured sophomore sensation Marqise Lee. Lee, by comparison, caught 112 passes for 1,680 yards and 15 touchdowns and was recognized as the best receiver in the country by winning the Biletnikof Award. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/31/2012 - Scouting the USC passing game: There would be some debate from fans of Clemson and West Virginia, but USC probably has the most talented pair of receivers in the country in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods. Senior QB Matt Barkley threw too many interceptions this season (15), an unexpected regression to his mistake-prone early years. In other areas, he showed progress, such as maneuvering out of the pocket and throwing the deep ball with more zip. He won't want to take a big hit on his sprained right shoulder and will need to keep an eye on Georgia Tech OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, who has 10 sacks. - The Sports Xchange
12/30/2012 - USC wide receiver Robert Woods is expected to announce immediately after the Sun Bowl on Monday that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft, according to sources. Woods said earlier this week he made his decision but would not announce it until after USC plays Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. USC did not allow him to speak to the media Saturday. Woods (Serra High) is USC's all-time leading receiver with 249 receptions in three seasons and considered a first- or second-round draft pick. Cornerback Nickell Robey said he remains undecided about his future. "I really don't know yet," Robey said. - Scott Wolf, The LA Times
12/24/2012 - Southern Cal wide receiver Robert Woods told the L.A. Times that he has submitted his paperwork to the NFL Advisory Committee and is waiting for his evaluation. The 6-1 junior from Carson, Calif. Had 73 receptions for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Trojans in 2012. Woods has previously said he would seriously consider entering the 2013 NFL Draft if he was projected as a first-round pick. NFLDraftScout.com currently has Woods rated as the No. 6 wide receiver eligible to enter April's draft and No. 49 overall as a solid second-round prospect. A highly-recruited prep, Woods earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2010 by starting all 13 games and leading the Trojans with 792 receiving yards. He was a Biletnikof finalist in 2011, catching 112 passes for, 1292 yards and 15 touchdowns despite playing through an ankle injury. Cal junior Keenan Allen already announced he will forgo his senior season and is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated wide receiver, followed by seniors Terrance Williams (Baylor) and Tavon Austin (West Virginia). - The Sports Xchange
12/18/2012 - USC Trojans standout wide receiver Robert Woods has reportedly filed paperwork to the NFL and is awaiting a draft evaluation, according to Scott Wolf of The Los Angeles Daily News. Woods, a 6'1 junior from Carson, had a strong 2012 campaign for the Trojans, with 73 catches for 813 yards and 11 touchdowns, and was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team. His numbers were down from his spectacular sophomore season, in which he had 111 receptions for 1.292 yards and fifteen touchdowns.
While it is uncertain where Woods projects in the 2013 draft at this time, the 20-year-old told The Los Angeles Daily News that he believes that critics think that an ankle injury he suffered in 2011 is still bothering him and that that perception could affect where the NFL projects him in their evaluation. However, Woods claims that the ankle is not bothering him. Woods has previously said that he would seriously consider turning pro if he were projected as a first-round pick. - Riley Breckenridge, SB Nation Los Angeles
12/06/2012 - USC wide receiver Robert Woods said Wednesday that USC coach Lane Kiffin asked him to return for his senior season during a meeting to his discuss his future. "Yes, he did (ask me to come back)," Woods said. "I told him I wasn't sure yet." Woods picked up paperwork to send to the NFL for a draft evaluation but is waiting for a copy of his transcripts before he sends it to the league. "I still have to fill everything out," Woods said. "The meeting (with Kiffin) went well." Woods previously said he would seriously consider turning pro if he knew he would be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. - Scott Wolf, Long Beach Press-Telegram
12/03/2012 - WR Robert Woods seems likely to go to the NFL but he said he will ask the NFL for a draft evaluation before he makes a decision.
11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND-TEAM: WR Robert Woods, Jr., USC...has been selected Second Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. - USC football
11/25/2012 - WR Robert Woods seems likely to go to the NFL but he said he will ask the NFL for a draft evaluation before he makes a decision.
10/22/2012 - Robert Woods handed the football to Matt Barkley after he caught the Southern California quarterback's 100th touchdown pass -- and Barkley promptly tried to throw it to an official. "I had to say, `No, that one is special!"' Woods said. The All-American receiver really didn't need to worry. Woods and Barkley could have gone home from the Coliseum with a whole bunch of souvenirs after a record-setting day in their prolific partnership. Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns while establishing USC's new career mark for TD passes, and Woods set a pair of school records himself in the 11th-ranked Trojans' 50-6 victory over Colorado on Saturday. Barkley and Woods connected on scoring throws of 39, 29, 17 and 3 yards in the first 35 minutes for USC (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12), which finally showcased its offensive might against hapless Colorado (1-6, 1-3) after a season of mostly unintimidating performances. The two stars who stuck with the Trojans through heavy NCAA sanctions have been rewarded with lofty spots atop USC's record book, and they savored the moment. "It's definitely an honor to have my name with guys like that," said Barkley, who surpassed Matt Leinart's USC and conference records for career TD passes. "It's special to be able to celebrate it with Robert and the guys." Woods set a single-game school record for TD catches, and he passed Dwayne Jarrett on USC's career receptions list with his 217th career catch on his third scoring grab. "I grew up watching all those receivers, ever since I understood what USC football was," Woods said. "It's fun to follow in their footsteps, to be one of those great receivers." - AP Sports
10/04/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: USC has the ingredients to be a fabulous offense, but there have been a couple of issues: the play of the offensive line and trouble getting the ball deep to speedy wideouts Robert Woods (25 catches, 203 yards) and Marqise Lee (40 catches, 457 yards). Defenses have been playing a prevent of sorts, and USC coach Lane Kiffin has been a bit shy about deeper routes that leave QB Matt Barkley exposed in the pocket for a couple of ticks longer. LT Aundrey Walker performed better against Cal after struggling at Stanford, but that position remains one to watch. Penn State transfer Silas Redd is the team's rushing leader, with 58 carries for 338 yards. - The Sports Xchange
09/22/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Robert Woods, WR, USC: While his quarterback Matt Barkley has taken plenty of heat for his struggles last weekend against Stanford, few have questioned why his dynamic pair of receivers, Marqise Lee and Woods, were unable to shake free of largely inexperienced Cardinal secondary. Woods was particularly ineffective in this contest, catching just four passes for 38 yards and often appearing out of sync with Barkley. Considering that he'd scored a pair of touchdowns in each of the Trojans' first two games this year, it was a dramatic drop-off in production that contributed greatly to USC's loss. Talent evaluators are very interested to see how Barkley and Woods (and to a lesser extent, Lee) come back this week in a matchup against Cal. Jeff Tedford's squad is, of course, well known for their offense but by utilizing a 3-4 scheme under former NFL defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, the Golden Bears should provide a great matchup for scouts to evaluate whether USC's offense learned anything from last weekend's humbling loss. I'm also particularly interested to see how Woods fares in this contest. While he obviously won't be competing against Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen, himself, the rivalry should bring out the best of both stars, NFLDraftScout.com's top two rated wideouts potentially available in the 2013 NFL draft. This game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm eastern and will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/10/2012 - Week Two Rewind: USC's Robert Woods was a step quicker than the Syracuse defense, a strong indication that he's recovered from the nagging ankle injury that plagued him for much of last season. Despite his hype and gaudy statistics (111-1,292 yards-15 touchdowns), Woods wasn't the dynamic weapon for the Trojans last year that he was as a freshman as he was rarely able to shake defenders and make yardage after the catch. That's precisely what Woods did against the Orangemen Saturday, however, showing off his burst to consistently gain separation from a plucky secondary to haul in 10 passes for 93 yards and two scores and return a punt for another 31 yards. Woods' elusiveness and acceleration were perhaps best on display during a weaving 76-yard reverse in the fourth quarter that served as the momentum swing to help push USC to a commanding 35-6 lead. The No. 2 rated Trojans would go on to win 42-29 based on a career-high six touchdown passes from NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect, quarterback Matt Barkley. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
09/08/2012 - Robert Woods went over defensive backs and outmuscled them. He darted and cut through Syracuse, and made a huge play every time Southern California needed to shake free from the Orange. The All-American receiver was so good, Matt Barkley's school-record six touchdown passes seemed almost pedestrian. Woods was spectacular with 200 all-purpose yards and two scores, helping No. 2 USC (2-0) come away from a rare trip to the Northeast with a 42-29 victory against the Orange on Saturday. "Each and every player on this team is trying to take over," Woods said. "When the game is that close, each player has that mindset, let's take over." Wood did just that, and the Trojans needed a boost. They were choppy at times, and Syracuse's hurry-up offense kept them working hard for four quarters at MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and Jets. Led by Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (0-2) kept things close with consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter to make it 21-16 heading into the fourth. Nassib finished with 322 yards passing, two touchdown passes and a touchdown run. "That's the No. 2 team in the nation," receiver Alec Lemon said. "We put up a great fight against them." - AP Sports
09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Trojans have as many (more?) weapons than anyone in the country with QB Matt Barkley, RB Curtis McNeal, RB Silas Redd, WR Robert Woods and WR Marqise Lee. What can't they do? They left some points on the field against Hawaii last week, but nothing that's a major cause of concern. Syracuse gave up 42 points at Northwestern last week, but that's a bit deceiving. The Orange held the Wildcats to 337 yards and wasn't helped by its defense. Northwestern scored twice on defense and scored two more touchdowns on short fields. QUOTE TO NOTE: "You can see the different weapons we have on the field. That's what this offense is about, spreading the ball this year. There's just too many weapons." -- WR Robert Woods - The Sports Xchange
09/04/2012 - PAC-12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING: WR Robert Woods, USC: Woods only caught six passes in the Trojans' 49-10 win over Hawaii on Saturday, but he made those catches count. The junior wide receiver hauled in two touchdowns, including a 20-yarder in the first quarter. Woods is widely thought to be one of the top three receiving prospects going into the 2013 draft, if he keeps catching touchdown passes, he might make the move to No. 1. You can see him next: Saturday, vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC). - John Breech, CBSSports.com
08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 30. - The Sports XchangeRobert Woods, WR, USC: Woods has a nice combination of size, acceleration and the burst out of his breaks to gain separation. He's being a bit overrated by some due to the monster numbers he put up a year ago (111 catches for 1,292 yards and 15 TDs). If he is to prove worthy of his hype and ultimately be selected in the first round, he'll need to catch the ball and make defenders miss much more consistently in 2012. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/08/2012 - Robert Woods refused to wear it. Coach Lane Kiffin instructed the junior receiver to don a yellow jersey Tuesday night to alert defenders to avoid hitting the All-American, who has been slow to completely heal from December ankle surgery. He wore it for a portion of practice but then cast it aside. "This is football," Woods said after the workout. "I feel like I'm 100%." Woods, however, acknowledged frustration about his recovery. "It was supposed to take six weeks," he said, "and it's taken longer." No one is panicking - Woods caught a school-record 111 passes last season despite several injuries - but Kiffin is hoping Woods' condition does not worsen before the Trojans' Sept. 1 opener against Hawaii. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Woods, who is wearing a custom brace, is the most experienced receiver in a corps that includes proven sophomore Marqise Lee and several players vying for the No.3 spot in the rotation. Woods' ankle problem dates to spring 2011, when he was injured playing pickup basketball a few months after his freshman season. He was slowed by the after-effects of that injury going into last season but still caught a record 17 passes, three for touchdowns, in the opener against Minnesota. He finished the season with 15 touchdown catches and eclipsed Keyshawn Johnson's record of 102 receptions set in 1995. Woods sat out spring practice with the hope that rest would allow him to heal from the surgery. But he was not cleared to fully participate in off-season players-only throwing sessions and he was limited Monday night in the Trojans' first training-camp workout. Afterward, when asked to describe the plan for Woods during training camp, Kiffin said, "It's probably going to change every day." - Gary Klein, The LA Times
08/07/2012 - Wide receiver Robert Woods said his chronically sprained ankle felt 100 percent after Monday night's practice. Woods wore a custom ankle brace but said he did not intend to wear it during games. He did switch to a mid-top pair of football cleats but said the new all-black Nike shoes USC will wear for home games are heavier than last year's shoes. - Scott Wolf, The LA Daily News
07/26/2012 - Top-five USC prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. WR Robert Woods...A relatively high proportion of the plays he's made for the Trojans thus far have been created as function of either USC's creative route designs or Barkley's impressive passing. Don't get me wrong, Woods looks the part of a first round wideout (and certainly has the numbers), but some have questioned whether Barkley is overrated because he's throwing to such a talented receiving corps. In the case of Woods, at least, based on reviewing six games, it is worth questioning whether Woods is the player being overrated (at least somewhat) based on how Barkley and the USC offense feature him. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/26/2012 - Top-five USC prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. WR Robert Woods...Like most of USC's prospects, Woods signed with the team as an incredibly highly regarded prep. He certainly didn't waste any time in proving well worth his hype, earning the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2010 by starting all 13 games and leading the team with 792 receiving yards. Woods was a Biletnikof finalist this past season, catching an eye-popping 112 passes for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns as a true sophomore! Folks, those are the kind of numbers that will get NFL scouts' attention even before he's eligible to be selected. Blessed with a prototypical blend of size and athleticism, Woods has proven a standout at the collegiate level in large part due to his knack as a route-runner. Few at this early stage of their "career," show the moxie Woods has shown for setting up defenders as he releases from the line. For all of his production, however, there are some troubling elements to Woods' game. For one, he simply drops too many passes. Heavily featured in USC's attack, Woods is often targeted on 10+ passes a game and too often he allows throws to get into his pads or simpy takes his eyes off passes to make a move before truly securing the ball. Second, for all of his impressive statistics, one might be surprised to note that Woods has "only" averaged 11.8 yards per catch over his career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Robert Woods, junior, WR, USC, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Robert Woods, USC, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. - The Tallahassee Quarterback Club
07/10/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Robert Woods, USC, WR, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. - The Maxwell Football Club
07/09/2012 - So what's the biggest adjustment for a freshman college football player? A colleague asked that of USC receiver Robert Woods the other day, and the answer might surprise you. Of course, the game is faster. Of course, you have to study more. Of course, you have to learn to budget your time. But the biggest adjustment? According to Woods, it's finding a comfort level among older, more established teammates. "My freshman year," Woods said, "it was only me and Nickell (Robey) really playing. At away games, it was just me and Nickell. But then once my sophomore year came around, I had my guys I came in with on the field, and I felt more relaxed and comfortable, not just being the freshman around 21-year-olds, 22-year-olds. It was a closer mix, a closer vibe." Woods is about as mature and well-adjusted a kid as you'll find. He came in with an all-business attitude, he excelled from the start and he's from Los Angeles. So if it was hard for him, imagine what it must be like for others. I didn't get a chance to ask Marqise Lee that same question before writing this, but I would guess he had a slightly easier time of it because of the presence of Woods, his former high school teammate. But that's a rare case. Overall, Woods' words are a reminder of how just how challenging it is to go from high school to college and be really good right away - and how unique it was for Woods and Lee to do it in back-to-back years. - Michael Lev, The OC Register
06/27/2012 - Heisman Watch 2012: Robert Woods, WR, USC - In reality, Woods' quarterback will likely steal most of his votes, but as arguably the nation's best receiver, he deserves some love on this list. As a sophomore, Woods was fantastic, earning First-Team All- America honors after finishing with 111 receptions (a Pac-12 Conference record), 1,292 yards, and 15 touchdowns. With another year together with Barkley, it's scary to think of the numbers the two can put up. - Nicholas DeLorenzo, The Sports Network
06/16/2012 - USC had no particular cause for concern when All-American receiver Robert Woods underwent postseason ankle surgery last December, or when lingering soreness unexpectedly kept him out of spring practice in March. Just a couple of routine offseason headlines, right? And despite discouraging MRI results on Friday that confirmed some not-so-routine bone inflammation in the same ankle just a few weeks before the start of fall camp, Woods is still insisting that everything is going according to plan: "We were expecting that [from the MRI]," said Woods, who observed Friday's unofficial team throwing session with a clipboard in hand. "It's getting better, but it's just taking a long time." Woods hopes to be ready in a few weeks, although he won't set a specific return date other than "by the time fall camp starts," in the first week of August. "I thought about it, the possibility of not being healthy for the season, of still being sore," Woods said. "But then I remembered I was sore all last year and I did OK, so I think I'll be all right." Elsewhere, Woods assured other reporters that "he will definitely be ready for the season" ($) lamenting only that he wasn't able to work on his speed with the track team this spring. Thursday, coach Lane Kiffin said he's "not concerned yet"about his star receiver's wonky ankle, and expected Woods to handle the layoff better than most players because of his experience/obvious mastery of the offense. Presumably that sentiment still stands. As Woods notes, he "did OK" on a bum ankle for most of 2011, finishing with seven 100-yard receiving games, a Pac-12 record for catches in a season (111) and consensus All-America honors from the national media. He was the only unanimous pick by conference coaches for the All-Pac-12 team. - Matt Hinton, CBS Sports
06/11/2012 - USC receiver Robert Woods (ankle) has not yet been medically cleared for on-field work and continues to sit out of summer workouts for the Trojans. Woods underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery last December to fix torn ligaments that bothered him throughout the 2011 season and was supposed to be cleared to participate in practice by March. But he was later ruled out for the duration of spring practice, with the stated hope of being fully healthy for fall camp beginning the the first week of August. The junior wideout said Friday he is expecting to get the OK shortly, as soon as a final MRI is taken and approved by university doctors. In the meantime, he has worked out privately with Matt Barkley in an attempt to maintain timing with the Trojans' starting signal-caller. He originally suffered the injury in April 2011, on the day before the spring game. According to USC coach Lane Kiffin, Woods hurt it playing pick-up basketball with his girlfriend on the USC campus. - Pedro Moura, ESPN Los Angeles
05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 6. *Robert Woods, WR, Southern Cal: Possessing more unique traits than No. 5 overall pick Justin Blackmon, Woods is pro-ready despite entering just his junior season with the Trojans. Consider that last season, as a true sophomore, he broke Keyshawn Johnson's school and conference record with 111 catches for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com