Calen Bullock declared for the 2024 NFL Draft on Saturday.

After blossoming into a playmaking safety and a crucial piece of the Trojans’ defense, Bullock is leaving USC for the NFL where he will look to become a high-round draft pick. In three seasons with USC, Bullock was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and an All-American in 2022. He had one remaining year of eligibility.


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When Lincoln Riley came to town, Bullock was hyped as a legitimate force in the making in the backend of the defense. In the two seasons since, Bullock has recorded 111 tackles, 19 passes defended, and seven interceptions. He had pick-sixes in each of the last two seasons.

During the 2022 campaign, Bullock picked off five passes in 14 games — finishing just behind Utah’s Clark Phillips III for the Pac-12 lead. It was his ball-hawking tendencies in the secondary that helped fuel one of college football’s most opportunistic defenses (28 takeaways, sixth in FBS).

This fall, the takeaways were few and far between. In turn, Bullock tied for second on the team with 63 tackles. He was the Trojans’ highest-graded defender in coverage (per PFF) and about as reliable as any on that side of the ball. USC leaned on him all year, with Bullock playing more snaps than any other Trojan — and by a wide margin.

USC will miss his length (6-foot-3) and athleticism in the secondary.