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South Carolina OT Corey Robinson was compared by one NFL scout to Chargers LT King Dunlap and by another scout to Bills RT Seantrel Henderson.

"He's a monster," said one scout. "Some people like big. Buffalo goes big. He's not a great foot athlete but I don't know if you have to be when you're a monster." The 6-foot-8, 348-pound tackle provides an enticing blend of size, strength and athleticism, but he needs to be coached up. "He didn't play hard, and his technique's crappy," a second scout said. "You wonder about his intelligence but then he aced the Wonderlic (40). He's just all over the place." Coaching up Robinson may be a difficult proposition. "I was there," said another scout. "They're all glad he's leaving... said he's hard to coach, he's lazy. But that (expletive) has talent. Somebody will take him late three (third round)."
Apr 25 - 8:55 PM

South Carolina RB Mike Davis "struggled quite a bit in 2014, and based on what I've heard and what I saw on tape, it had to do with him not staying in shape, which is definitely a red flag entering the draft," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

Davis was far better in 2013. "He's a bell-cow type of back who can wear defenses down over the course of a game with his power," McShay wrote. "I love how he protects the ball, can make plays in the passing game and read blocks, and I love that when he's playing at the correct weight he has good-enough agility and acceleration for his size. I think his best fit is in a power-running scheme, where he can set up his blocks and make cuts." Davis averaged 11.6-yard per carry in good blocking yards per attempt -- a metric measuring what a runner does when the OL doesn't allow a defender to disrupt an attempt -- across the first six games of 2013. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis could possibly be had on Day 3.
Apr 25 - 4:51 PM

South Carolina TE Rory Anderson "caught the ball well and has built a good amount of intrigue around himself" at his personal pro day, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Anderson was unfortunately still suffering from a hamstring strain during the workout. He didn't run the forty and could run only a partial route tree (no deep outs). The Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers attended the workout and have all "shown a good deal of interest in Anderson," according to the analyst.
Apr 25 - 4:35 PM

One scout who spoke with Bob McGinn compared South Carolina G A.J. Cann to Larry Warford and Chance Warmack.

"He'll need a little work in pass pro. He's a little bit shorter and a little bit slow-footed," the scout added. Cann could be selected as early ad picks No. 31 and 32, but most likely will be a second round selection. Just speaking of personal preference, we graded both Warmack and Warford as superior prospects out of school.
Apr 25 - 11:33 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has heard of a scenario where the Patriots trade down from the 32nd pick to take South Carolina G A.J. Cann.

"This would fill a big need at guard for the team," Pauline wrote. "I’ve been skeptical of Cann’s movement skills but was told the big offensive lineman, who has been struggling with a calf strain since the end of the season, worked out for several teams on Monday and ran both the short shuttle and 3 cone at the request of coaches." Cann clocked an outstanding 4.51 in the short shuttle and a great 7.37 in the 3-cone. Only Jake Fisher and Ali Marpet posted better times at the combine amongst offensive lineman.
Apr 24 - 8:11 PM

South Carolina G A.J. Cann is "outstanding in the running game but has limitations in pass protection," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"His awareness is good, and his hard work in the film room transfers to the field," wrote McShay. The analyst ranks Cann No. 70 overall. The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Cann had a 32.5" vertical jump and 30 repetitions on the bench press at the combine, both stellar showings.
Apr 22 - 1:08 AM

South Carolina RB Mike Davis is a "dark horse" who not long ago "looked like a potential first-round draft pick," according to ESPN's K.C. Joyner.

Davis posted an 11.6-yard per carry average in good blocking yards per attempt -- a metric measuring what a runner does when the OL doesn't allow a defender to disrupt an attempt -- across the first six games of the 2013 season. "Anything in the double-digit range is considered rare air in the GBYPA statistic, and to post that caliber of performance while playing in the SEC is a notable achievement," Joyner wrote. "The durability and intangibles question marks do make Davis something of a risk, and his 2014 season was a disappointment -- but his upside could make him more than worth the gamble, especially if he slips to Day 3."
Apr 19 - 6:43 PM

South Carolina TE Rory Anderson (hamstring) will schedule a private workout for scouts, probably as close to April 22 as possible, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Anderson's grade-2 hamstring strain prevented him from participating in the school's pro day, necessitating a reschedule. "I'm told the workout will be done in reverse for precautions, as Anderson will do position drills first and save the timing events for last," Pauline wrote. Anderson's ability to stay healthy is justifiably in question.
Apr 7 - 11:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that many scouts came away from South Carolina OT Corey Robinson's pro day "believing he has the makings to grow into a starting right tackle at the next level."

With the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens all sending offensive line coaches to the workout, Robinson picked a heck of a day to excel. "His movement skills were pretty impressive for such a big blocker," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-8, 348-pound tackle provides an enticing blend of size, strength and athleticism, and it wouldn't be surprising if one of those OL coaches thought they could mold that clay into a stalwart.
Apr 7 - 10:13 PM

NFL sources told TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline that South Carolina RB Mike Davis' conditioning was "not ideal" at his pro day workout.

"Davis was not running through drills and struggled to get through pass-catching drills," Pauline wrote. "Interesting note - the Dallas Cowboys sent a coach to specifically observe Davis. During the workout, which was run by the Tampa Bay Bucs, the Cowboys' coach was requesting for Davis to run specific drills. Shades of Tom Savage/Bill O'Brien from last year?" One would think Dallas takes a superior RB prospect earlier in the draft, but keep this note in mind if they pass on runners in the first few rounds.
Apr 7 - 8:42 PM

South Carolina G A.J. Cann "should become a starter early in his career, and if he stays healthy, he can pay for a long time," wrote the National Football Post's Greg Gabriel.

"On tape, Cann looks to be as good an athlete as there is in this draft at the guard position," wrote Gabriel. "He is best as a run blocker, as he comes off the ball low and is explosive on contact. He is usually able to get movement and can get to the second level. In pass protection, he moves his feet well, plays with bend and can slide and recover." The analyst believes Cann's hand use could stand to improve in pass protection. Gabriel ranks Cann as the class' No. 4 interior lineman.
Apr 6 - 6:29 PM

South Carolina WR Damiere Byrd scorched a 4.25-second 40-yard dash at the school's pro day this week.

The show wasn't over. Byrd, a freak athlete with "remarkable athleticism," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, also posted a sensational vertical (42") and broad jump (10-11"). The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder has a recent knee surgery on his record, though the former track star has quite obviously retained his wheels.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 3 - 7:12 PM

South Carolina G A.J. Cann spent the majority of his pro day workout at center.

"Cann, a 51-game starter at left guard, showed off the same explosiveness while snapping the football that caused him to rank atop NFLDraftScout.com's guard rankings," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "The positional versatility will, of course, only help his case to break into the top 32, as will impressive numbers during measured drills, including a 32.5" vertical jump and 30 repetitions on the bench press." We haven't heard why Cann might be considering a shift inside, though, as Brugler mentions, the versatility won't hurt and, in addition, Cann's 6-foot-3, 313-pound frame might profile better to the pivot. Either way, we still think he's going in Round 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 3 - 6:56 PM

South Carolina G A.J. Cann is a "brutish bull of a man whose strength and abilities are perfect to play guard in the NFL," wrote CBS Sports' Frank Cooney.

"He is a no-nonsense, blue collar, in-your-face offensive guard," Cooney wrote. "His brute force should not be wasted on some zone blocking front line that relies on precise choreography. Cann doesn't sweat the small details, he just eradicates whoever is in front of him." At the combine, Cann was asked to describe his style of play. "I think I play at a very low level, and I think I'm athletic and strong," he said. "For a guard, I think I'm really athletic. I'm quick, and I think I can basically block anybody if I put my mind to it. I'll do whatever I've got to do."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 2 - 9:32 PM

South Carolina G A.J. Cann, suffering from a calf strain, was unable to participate in the shuttle drills at the school's pro day.

"Moving forward, Cann has a combined 14 visits and workouts, so there are no plans for him to attempt a make-up workout," reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. This news shouldn't affect Cann's stock at all. He's one of the class' best pure guards and is all but assured of getting popped on Day 2, probably in Round 2. Cann measured in at 6-foot-3, 313 pounds at the NFL Combine with 32 5/8" arms and 10 1/4" hands.
Apr 2 - 7:23 PM


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