View Original Notice ? NFL draft: USC RB Keaontay Ingram goes to Arizona in 6th round

As the third and final day of the NFL draft came to an end Saturday, only one USC football player joined the 2022 draft class.

Running back Keaontay Ingram was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round Saturday, going 201st overall.

Ingram, a Texas transfer who came to USC prior to the 2021 season, led the Trojans in rushing in his one season in Los Angeles. He had 156 carries for 911 yards and five touchdowns, just missing out on the opportunity for a 1,000-yard season by virtue of missing the last two games of the year with an injury.

Despite his short tenure at USC, Ingram established himself as a vocal leader in the locker room. He was given the opportunity by Lincoln Riley to return for the 2022 season, but elected to turn pro to optimize his earning window as a running back.

The Cardinals return two of their top three rushers from last season, James Conner and Eno Benjamin. But Ingram’s ability to make catches out of the backfield should help him carve out a role in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.

Ingram joined receiver Drake London (first round to Atlanta) and defensive end Drake Jackson (second to San Francisco) as Trojans taken in this draft.

The absence of USC cornerbacks Chris Steele and Isaac Taylor-Stuart was a notable development Saturday. Both arrived at USC as top-45 propsects three and four years ago, respectively, but will have to settle for finding NFL homes through undrafted free agency.