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Tyrone Taleni is heading to the CFL while Brett Neilon is joining the Chiefs

USC football players who ran their race in college are trying to stick to professional schedules. The road to pro football is smooth and paved with gold for Caleb Williams, a No. 1 pick, but for many other Trojans the path is arduous and anything but glamorous. Former two-year USC Trojan defensive lineman Tyrone Taleni was selected in the first round of the Canadian Football League (CFL) draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Brett Neilon – who didn’t play football in 2023 due to injuries – is trying to snag an NFL roster and has received a rookie minicamp invite from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tyrone Taleni, a former USC Trojan, was the third overall pick in the CFL draft.

Taleni spent two years with the Trojans in 2022 and 2023. He had 25 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and one forced fumble in 12 games and nine starts. In 2022, he was selected to the All-Pac-12 Second Team.

In 2023, he was benched and used as a rotational lineman with 11 tackles in 10 games, 0.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks.

The Western Samoa native started his career at Kansas State before coming to USC.

Brett Neilon was sidelined for 2023. If he was healthy after the injuries that hit him hard late in the 2022 season at USC, he could provide real value to an NFL team.

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