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Falcons signed South Carolina DT Gerald Dixon.

Dixon (6'3/327) made 27 starts on the interior line, managing 6.5 career tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two blocked kicks. Purely a two-gap nose tackle, Dixon has a very limited ceiling without any hint of pass-rush ability as purely a one-dimensional run stuffer. Dixon's point-holding ability will earn him a place in the NFL, but his upside is basically Kyle Love.
May 2 - 3:03 PM

Giants selected South Carolina State TE Jerell Adams with the No. 184 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Adams (6'5/247) made 15 starts for the Gamecocks, tallying 977 yards and seven TDs on 66 catches (14.80 YPR). An above-average athlete, Adams ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Adams mainly played slot receiver at South Carolina, only sprinkling into select packages as an in-line tight end. He did make late-career strides as a blocker, shining there at the Senior Bowl. Adams is old for a rookie -- he'll turn 24 later this year -- but he offers starter-quality length (34-inch arms) and movement skills, and is a weapon down the seam. He has a chance to be a value pick for New York.
Apr 30 - 4:08 PM

Jets selected South Carolina T Brandon Shell with the No. 158 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Shell (6'5/324) made 48 starts for the Gamecocks, manning right tackle his first three years before protecting the blind side as a senior. He showed NFL length (34 3/4") and huge hands (10 3/4") at the Combine, also shining in the forty (5.22) and broad jump (9'4"). The great nephew of Art Shell, Brandon's tape reveals a long, meaty lineman who lacks the feet and agility for left tackle and isn't a good enough run blocker for the right side. Already 24, Shell's ceiling is probably a swing tackle.
Apr 30 - 2:59 PM

Rams selected South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper with the No. 117 pick in the 2016 draft.

Cooper (5'11/203) spent three seasons at South Carolina, earning first-team All-SEC as both a sophomore and junior before turning pro. An all-purpose playmaker, Cooper finished his career with a 138-2,163-18 (15.7 YPR) receiving line, 71-513-4 (7.23 YPC) rushing, and four passing TDs. Cooper also returned punts. He did most of his offensive damage on manufactured touches -- a red flag on his NFL transition -- and tested poorly, running 4.63 at South Carolina's Pro Day with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Cooper was an exciting college player who probably won't be nearly as exciting in the pros.
Apr 30 - 1:08 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that South Carolina TE Jerell Adams "should hear his name called tonight."

"The Gamecock tight end has been swiftly moving up draft boards since last September," Pauline noted, "and I'm told the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers will consider him as Round 3 closes out." One scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this month said that he has "all the physical skills in the world," but cautions that the 6-foot-5, 247-pounder's mental game might not be up to par with his physical one. Another evaluator observed that Adams is still adding to his blocking acumen. We could see a Day 2 run on tight ends given the thin state of the position.
Apr 29 - 2:46 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Giants like South Carolina RB Brandon Wilds.

"Giant fans should keep his name in mind once the sixth round opens up," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound back met with the Patriots and Lions during the pre-draft process, in addition to the Giants.
Apr 26 - 3:57 PM

One NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel prefers South Carolina OT Brandon Shell as a prospect to Jason Spriggs.

Spriggs is considered a late-first or early-second rounder, while Shell is seen as a late Day 3 flier. "He's a big guy with some athleticism," the scout said of Shell. "He's competitive. He'll fight you." The 6-foot-5, 327-pound Shell is the nephew of Hall of Famer Art Shell. "Obviously, he has the bloodline," one scout said. "He played really well at the East-West (Game). He's a right tackle. Just a big body." A third scout concluded: "Right tackle only. He's pretty steady."
Apr 25 - 4:56 PM

Anonymous NFL scouts speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel questioned South Carolina TE Jerell Adams' intelligence.

"He's got all the physical skills in the world," a scout said. "What holds him back is what's between his ears (Wonderlic of 15). Does he have the will to work through his deficiencies? That's what you have to ask yourself. He's explosively talented." With 34 3/8 inch arms, Adams had the longest of this year's tight end crop. "Tough guy," another scout said. "Got some athletic ability. He's just not real good mentally." A third only talked about Adams' game: "Straight-line speed, pretty good athlete and solid, not special hands. Still learning a lot in the blocking game using his power. He's a No. 2 at best, a No. 3 early on."
Apr 23 - 12:20 PM

Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz advises the 49ers to consider South Carolina TE Jerell Adams as a sort of Tyrann Mathieu antidote.

"He runs surprisingly clean routes for a tight end and shows the ability to consistently stretch linebackers vertically to separate, and at 6-foot-5 247, has proven to be a load to bring down in the open field," Liskiewitz wrote. PFF believes Adams will be a better pro than he was in college. Adams forced 10 missed tackles on just 31 receptions last year. Not only is he a load with the ball, but Adams is a strong, in-line blocker. "Tight ends capable of blocking and receiving both in-line and from the slot are rare in today’s NFL, thus Adams deserves more attention than his college production would traditionally warrant," Liskiewitz wrote.
Apr 18 - 7:13 PM

South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper visited the Steelers on Monday.

Doff the cap to Penn Live's Jacob Klinger for relaying this one. While Cooper falls outside of the top-tier of receivers in this draft class, value could still remain. Both ESPN's Todd McShay and Pro Football Focus' Gordon McGuiness would like him as a third-round prospect, with McGuiness noting in mid-March that "there is a lot of potential there for him to create big plays."
Apr 12 - 12:00 AM

South Carolina freshman WR Bryan Edwards will start in the team's spring game.

Nice work by Edwards to acclimate in short order. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound wideout was a member of the 2016 recruiting class and has only been on campus for a few months. ESPN 300 ranked him as their No. 253 overall prospect for the 2016 pool, noting that he showed the consistent ability to create separation with his size during high school ball.
Apr 8 - 9:23 PM

South Carolina sophomore QB Lorenzo Nunez (knee) has not been cleared to participate in Saturday's spring game.

Nunez suffered a hyper-extended knee during practice near the end of March. HC Will Muschamp initially said that the 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore would return to practice in "a week or so" as of March 24, but Nunez has not received the medical clearance for that as of yet. While spring might be a lost cause, he should be healthy and ready to compete for the starting job come August camps.
Apr 8 - 7:08 PM

South Carolina signee QB Jake Bentley will forgo his senior year of high school and enroll to play for the Gamecocks this summer.

Bentley, the No. 33 overall prospect in the ESPN Junior 300 and the second-best quarterback, will graduate from high school prior to enrolling. HC Will Muschamp must be doing back flips right now. The Gamecocks had one of the Power 5's most dreadful QB situations last year, and things looked no more promising in the early goings of spring ball, with starter Perry Orth (broken collarbone) and backup Lorenzo Nunez (hyperextended knee) both knocked out with injuries. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Bentley figures to redshirt this fall, learning the system. Bentley will be ready to start in 2017, though his timeline may get hastened if those ahead of him continue to languish.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 3:34 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay would "feel great about using a third-rounder" on South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper.

Firstly, the analyst loves Cooper's versatility and home run ability. The former Gamecocks star averaged almost 16 yards per catch in college. He was also a strong return man and can be used as a runner to keep the defense honest. "While his measurables will lead him to drop, Cooper plays fasters on tape than the 4.60 40 he posted at South Carolina's pro day," McShay wrote. "Plus, he comes with great intangibles -- his grandfather, dad and brother are all Marines, so he knows the importance of discipline." Cooper is on the shorter side, but he's ripped and made 25 consecutive starts in Colombia despite being the focus of all opposing SEC defenses, so durability isn't a concern.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 7:42 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay says that South Carolina TE Jerell Adams would be a "solid value" in late Round 2 and a "steal" in Round 3.

"At 6-5 and 247 pounds, Adams has excellent speed (4.64 40) -- and his workout numbers match the big-play potential we've seen on tape," McShay wrote. "Adams has the skill set to separate from man-to-man coverage with his feet, which not many tight ends can do." Adams had 421 yards and three scores on 15.0 YPC last year despite catching balls from some of the nation's worst Power 5 signal-callers. The analyst added that Adams "fights hard as a blocker."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 2:03 PM


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