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USC’s Michael Pittman Jr. on NFL combine: ‘This is just like a little starting place’

Michael Pittman Jr. is coming off a season in which he caught 101 passes for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns for USC.

Still, after four seasons with the Trojans, he arrived at the combine somewhat obscured by a wide receiver group that is considered strong and deep.

“I don’t really look too much at where people rank me,” Pittman said. “This is just like a little starting place. None of this really affects where I end up. I’m just here to do my best and have fun.”

One of the concerns with Pittman among NFL scouts is his speed. He’s scheduled to be timed in the 40 on Thursday night.

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Quarterback Joe Burrow, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, apparently is not planning to make like John Elway or Eli Manning.

“I feel like I have good speed,” he said. “It’s just about maintaining it and refining it.”

Pittman said he measured in at 6-foot-4, 223 pounds. So size won’t be an issue. Most projections have him ranked somewhere around 15th among draft-eligible receivers.

His father is Michael Pittman Sr., who played 11 seasons in the NFL as a running back, winning a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay to cap the 2002 season.

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Asked why he’s a receiver as opposed to playing his father’s position, Pittman Jr. said, “Because he’s 6-foot and I’m 6-4.”


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