With the second pick in the second round and the 34th pick overall of the 2020 NFL Draft, USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. was selected by the Indianapolis Colts Friday.
The 6-foot-4, 223-pound receiver is the second Trojan selected in the 2020 NFL Draft after left tackle Austin Jackson was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 18 pick. Pittman is USC’s first wide receiver to be drafted since JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2017.
The Woodland Hills native and Oaks Christian High standout concluded his stunning career at USC this past fall, when his 7.8 receptions per game not only ranked him fifth nationally but also led the Pac-12. Pittman started in 30 of his 48 games as a Trojan and totaled 171 receptions for 2,519 yards with 19 touchdowns.
Following the 2019 season, Pittman received numerous accolades, including All-Pac-12 first team honors, AP All-American second team honors, and was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (given to the nation’s top wide receiver) and the Witten Award (which honors the top collegiate player who demonstrates true leadership).
Pittman will be catching passes from former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who signed with the Colts this winter after parting ways with the Chargers.