2017 NFL Draft

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Kevin Arbet

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 187 | College: Southern California
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Positives … Compactly built with a well-toned frame … Has good play development recognition skills … Keeps a tight relationship with the receiver in the open and despite his size, is very effective jamming the opponent at the line of scrimmage … Keeps himself positioned between the receiver and the ball … Smooth and fluid turning out of his back-pedal … Can cover ground instantly with his closing burst … Plays good angles and shows top-end speed … Makes proper body adjustments turning and flexing for the ball … Has the hip snap and body control to position himself low before delivering the hit.

Negatives … His leaping ability is only adequate, but not enough to compensate for his lack of size … Plays too deep and conservative in the zone, which makes him late in handling the switch-off … Will extend for the ball in traffic, but his slight frame sees him get bounced around quite a bit in those attempts … Hesitant to throw his body around when asked to step up and fill the rush lanes … Needs to be monitored in the off-season, as he is not known for his training prowess … might have problems with a complicated playbook, as he struggles academically and was previously paced on academic probation … Outside of 2000, an injury has cost him game action each year (durability issues).

2004 Season

Appeared recovered from a foot injury that sidelined him for the 2002 season and he even started USC's first two games, but when pain persisted in his right foot from the 2002 injury, he had surgery prior to the Hawaii game and missed the rest of the 2003 season … Petitioned the NCAA to get a sixth year of eligibility in 2004 based on his injury … In the two games he played, he had 5 tackles (4 solos), a stop for a loss of 2 yards, a deflection and a forced fumble … Also returned four punts for 19 yards (4.8 avg).

2003 GAME Analysis

Auburn … Registered four tackles with a stop for a 2-yard loss, a forced fumble, a pass break-up and two punt returns for 11 yards.

Brigham Young … Added a solo tackle and 8 yards on two punt returns.

2003 Season

Figured to start at cornerback in 2002 (and maybe even return punts and kickoffs again as a key special teamer), but he suffered a broken right foot in 2002 fall practice and was sidelined for the season (which enabled him to redshirt).

2002 Season

All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection on special teams … Played a number of roles as a junior … Backed up Kris Richard at cornerback, he was USC's nickel back, he played on many special teams and he returned punts and kickoffs … Overall while appearing in 11 games (he missed the Oregon State contest with a sprained right ankle suffered at Arizona), he had 25 tackles (23 solos), including three for losses of 11 yards (with two sacks for 7 yards), six pass deflections, three interceptions which he returned for 90 yards (30.0 avg), one fumble recovery, a team-best 25 punt returns for 225 yards (9.0 avg) and three kickoff returns for 53 yards (17.7 avg).


Returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and recorded four tackles at Arizona … Had 6 tackles at Washington and vs. Stanford, he returned 5 punts for 70 yards (including a career-best 47-yarder to set up a TD) and had the fumble recovery (leading to a Trojan field goal) … His 20-yard interception return vs. Arizona State set up a USC field goal … His other pick came vs. UCLA.

2001 Season

Was an often-used cornerback as a sophomore, starting four games (Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and Notre Dame) … Backup to Kris Richard the rest of the time … Appeared in all 12 games … Recorded 31 tackles (24 solos), including one for a loss of 1 yard, and two pass deflections … Also returned seven kickoffs for 136 yards (19.4 avg).


Had 5 tackles and returned three kickoffs for 46 yards vs. Oregon State … Added another 5 stops vs. Oregon … Added four hits vs. Colorado and four more at Notre Dame … Totaled three tackles in each of the Penn State, Stanford and Arizona State. He broke up 2 passes and returned two kickoffs for 61 yards vs. San Jose State … Was also available at free safety (he was moved to that spot during 2000 spring drills).

2000 Season

Came to USC as a first-year freshman walk-on cornerback, but was so impressive in fall camp that he was given a scholarship in August, an almost unheard-of accomplishment … Served as a key backup cornerback (even starting as an extra defensive back against Hawaii and Louisiana Tech) and played on special teams … Appeared in 10 games, as he made 13 tackles (8 solos), three pass deflections, one interception and one fumble recovery … Sprained his right ankle on the opening kickoff in the Hawaii opener (he did play in the first series, then sat out the rest of the game) and missed the San Diego State and Oregon games.


Had a huge game vs. Louisiana Tech, returning an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and recovering a fumble at the USC 22-yard line as Tech was threatening. He also had 7 tackles and two deflections in the game to earn Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors … In the Stanford clash, he made 2 tackles.

Injury Report

1999: Suffered a right high ankle sprain on the opening kickoff vs. Hawaii, missing the San Diego State and Oregon games.

2001: Suffered a right high ankle sprain vs. Arizona, sitting out vs. Oregon State.

2002: Missed the entire season after suffering a fractured right foot during August camp.

2003: Underwent right foot surgery prior to the Hawaii game, missing the final twelve contests.

2004: Did not play vs. Arizona after spraining his right knee vs. Oregon State.


Sociology major … Stepfather is Jeff Simmons, a three-year (1980-82) letterman wide receiver at Southern California who led the Trojans in receiving in 1982 and whose 106 career receptions set a since-broken USC record … Cousin, Lamarr Arbet, was a defensive lineman at San Jose State and his uncle, Darren Arbet, is the head coach of the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League … Born 3/26/81 … Resides in Stockton, California.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.52 in the 40-yard dash … 330-pound bench press … 440-pound squat … 265-pound power clean … 33.5-inch vertical jump … 30 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … 14/26 Wonderlic score.


Attended St. Mary's (Stockton, Cal.) High School, playing football for coach Steve Towne …

1998 All-Northern California, All-Region, Stockton Record All-Area MVP, Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation Defensive Back of the Year, Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame Student-Athlete Award, All-San Joaquin Athletic Association MVP and team MVP honors as a senior running back and defensive back … As a 1998 senior, he ran for 1,526 yards, scored 27 touchdowns, returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score and intercepted 6 passes (2 were returned for TDs) … Once rushed for 250 on 10 carries in a game and had a 99-yard touchdown run in another … Had 1,200 rushing yards, 13 scores and five interceptions as a 1997 junior while being named to the All-San Joaquin Athletic Association first team … As a sophomore in 1996, he was moved up to the varsity for the final three games of the season and rushed for 500 yards and four touchdowns … Also was on the basketball and track teams.


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