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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lists South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst as his favorite tight end prospect in the 2018 draft class.

Kiper says that it's neck-and-neck as to whether Hurst or South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert as his "best" tight end, but he lists Hurst as his favorite because of his willingness to block. The former Gamecock has faced some criticism because of his age (25) but Kiper mentions it as a potential plus, because "you know what you're going to get." Hurst has been linked to the Patriots this draft cycle, and he could be a fit for them late in the first or early in the second.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 7:45 PM

An NFL personnel executive said South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst is one of the most natural "prospect-team fits" for the New England Patriots.

The executive noted that "(Bill) Belichick took him out the night before his pro day" and believes "he could make Pro Bowls with (Tom) Brady." With Gronk's status currently up in the air, the Patriots could look to select a tight end early. Hurst is projected to be drafted near the end of the first round and the Patriots hold picks No. 23 and 31. Despite being viewed as a first-round draft pick, he has two major problems as a prospect. He will be 25-years-old by the start of next season and only produced an athletic composite score in the 45th percentile. However, Belichick has built his legacy on utilizing players effectively that fit the Patriots system so Hurst could be very productive early in his career if he lands in New England.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 7:35 PM

South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst is visiting the Lions on Tuesday.

It is a clear need for the Lions, who were interested in last year's tight end class but did not invest until the third day. Since then they cut Eric Ebron and have yet to replace his receiving skills. Hurst might be the first player at his position off the board.
Apr 17 - 8:37 AM

South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst met with the Ravens on Thursday according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

Hurst is projected to be a late first-round pick right now, and it makes sense considering their current roster construction for Baltimore to have interest. It would likely take a trade down in the first to make sense value wise -- or perhaps a trade up in the second -- but despite being one of the older players in the class (25), Hurst could obviously help Joe Flacco and the Ravens in 2018.
Apr 14 - 2:37 PM

South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst is meeting with the Dolphins today, per beat writer Armando Salguero.

The Dolphins are heavily showing interest in this year's tight end group. It makes sense, as they don't have a clear starter on their roster. A few issues exist, and namely this group is not as talented as the 2017 class. Hurst is older than a normal prospect and Dallas Goedert is coming from an FCS program.
Apr 11 - 10:22 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay projects the Saints to select South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst with the 27th pick in his "Grade A" mock draft.

He also gives the Saints Tulane DB Parry Nickerson in the third round in this scenario. The Saints and Drew Brees have been at their best when they've been able to have an athletic tight end to stretch the seams, and Hurst (6'4/250) could give them just that. There are other needs on the club, but considering where they're picking/the window they have with Brees, this is a fit that makes an awful lot of sense. On paper, anyway.
Source: ESPN
Apr 10 - 8:37 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares South Carolina DT Taylor Stallworth to Detroit Lions DT Akeem Spence.

Stallworth (6'2/305) didn't put up big numbers at South Carolina, but he was a reliable plug in the middle of the defense at nose tackle. Zierlein notes that Stallworth has excellent balance, and he can use his powerful hands to shuck away blockers. The concerns come from his size -- that's consider "small" for a player of his ilk, amazingly enough -- and he's probably a two-down player because of his lack of pass rush. Those weaknesses aside, Stallworth looks like a ready product who could help teams stop the run, so he should be drafted in the middle of Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 7:38 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Ryan Hilinski.

Hilinski (6'3/218) was deciding between South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Oregon, Georgia, Arizona and Arizona State. He had actually planned on making his commitment on May 26, but opted to speed up that timetable after taking a visit to the Gamecocks this past weekend. The signal-caller has done well for himself during the camp circuit and was named the quarterbacking MVP of the Rivals 3 Stripe camp in Los Angeles earlier this spring. There were several factors playing into his pledge, here, among them his admiration for current Gamecocks starting QB Jake Bentley and his relationship with South Carolina QB coach Dan Werner, newly hired this offseason. Hilinski is the younger brother of deceased Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski.
Apr 4 - 5:26 PM

The Jaguars will host South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst on a visit this week.

The Jaguars added Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul in free agency, but at pick No. 29 they likely are targeting the best grade available that coincides with a position of potential need. Hurst is one of the older offensive prospects in this class, however, many evaluators likely view him as one of the easier inline projections with plus-receiving skills.
Apr 3 - 10:51 AM

Uncommitted three-star 2019 QB Ryan Hilinski came away impressed by his weekend unofficial visit to South Carolina.

South Carolina is one of Hilinski's top seven programs at this juncture, joining Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Oregon, Georgia, Arizona and Arizona State as contenders for the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder's pledge. While Hilinski currently ranks as a three-star recruit, he came away with the positional MVP award for his work at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Los Angeles and could very well end up with four-star status if he continues to impress. In a heartwarming gesture, Hilinski plans on making his commitment on May 26, the birthday of his late brother Tyler Hilinski.
Source: Rivals
Apr 2 - 7:05 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior WR Deebo Samuel (leg) is not taking part in Saturday's scrimmage.

So far as we can ascertain, nothing new to report on the injury front. Rather, the Gamecocks would appear to merely be playing it safe with star wideout Samuel. The 6-foot, 202-pounder has been practicing this spring after missing the majority of the 2017 season due to a fractured fibula. His health will be worth monitoring as the offseason continues on its way, but to this point, there have been no red flags in his progress.
Mar 31 - 3:19 PM

An NFL personnel man told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that he preferred South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst over all other tight ends and that it "wasn't even close."

Zierlein has heard from more than one team that Hurst is the preference for TE1 over South Dakota State standout Dallas Goedert or Penn State athletic phenom Mike Gesicki. For his part, Zierlein has a slight lean on Gesicki. The analyst notes that "signs point to Hurst as the clear preference at the position for TE-needy teams who could address the position in Round 1." We envision all three of Hurst, Goedert and Gesicki as being selected within the first three rounds, and very probably within the first two rounds. This draft class is not as thick at the position as last year's -- in general, the consensus has the 2018 draft class as a whole being somewhat thinner than 2017's -- but we really like the top prospects for the group.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 2:19 PM

South Carolina junior WR Bryan Edwards is nursing a shoulder injury sustained in spring practice.

According to Gamecocks QB Jake Bentley, Edwards injured his shoulder when he landed wrong after trying for a catch. While there's no immediate timetable for the 6-foot-3, 209-pounder's return to spring action, all indications point toward his being able to come back in relatively short order. Edwards logged a 64-793-5 receiving line for the 2017 campaign. Three of those five touchdown grabs came in South Carolina's final three games of the season. While he figures to have some targets vacuumed up by stud wideout Deebo Samuel (coming back from a broken leg) in 2018, Edwards has proven to be a consistent, dependable receiver over his first two years on campus.
Source: The State
Mar 21 - 2:53 PM

Rice senior S J.T. Ibe transferred to South Carolina as a graduate.

We've seen a flurry of transfers from Rice this weekend, the most notable of which was T Calvin Anderson's decision to join Texas. Also transferring -- to Texas Tech -- is DL Preston Gordon. And now the 6-foot, 200-pound Ibe, moving on to South Carolina. He was a nine-game starter for the Owls during the 2017 campaign, recording 41 tackles and three passes defended for the season. Gamecocks HC Will Muschamp told Ibe that he will have the opportunity to compete for immediate playing time. The team is currently sorting through a mostly unproven safeties group.
Source: The State
Mar 11 - 6:42 PM

South Carolina junior RB Rico Dowdle (leg) did not participate in practice on Tuesday.

"He's fine, just need to get him where he'll lead the group and be full speed every single play," explained Gamecocks RB coach Bobby Bentley. The 5-foot-11, 211-pound Dowdle sustained a fractured fibula against Tennessee on Oct. 14. He managed to return for the Outback Bowl vs. Michigan on New Year's Day, rushing for 43 yards and a score in the victory. South Carolina will play matters cautiously with Dowdle this offseason as they look to preserve his health for the 2018 campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Mar 6 - 3:35 PM


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