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Date: ranks South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper as the No. 30 prospect in the class.

Cooper checks in as Scout's No. 4 receiver. "He's built like a running back and is tough to bring down with the ball in his hands because he has speed and quickness," wrote Jamie Newberg. "Cooper is just a playmaker." The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Cooper posted 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns (1,411 yards total with 11 touchdowns) last season, earning First Team all-SEC honors at WR and second-team honors as an all-purpose back. "He's also an excellent return man," Newberg reminded. Over the past two seasons, Cooper has produced five plays of 70-yards or more.
May 19 - 1:47 AM

South Carolina junior OLB Skai Moore "lacked ideal bulk for linebacker but in only now entering his junior season, he still has time to add muscle," observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Moore has the athleticism, instincts and ball-skills to catch the attention of scouts, though without greater mass he may be forced to attempt the difficult transition to safety at the next level," he added. Moore has led the Gamecocks in tackles and interceptions in each of his first two seasons. He's posted 149 stops and seven interceptions in his career.
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 7:57 PM

South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper "reminds of Detroit Lions' all-purpose standout Golden Tate, using a combination of agility, ball-skills and toughness to make plays as a runner, receiver and returner," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Cooper has terrific vision, balance and burst to make defenders miss, though he does not possess the elite breakaway speed that his five career scores of 70+ yards would indicate," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Cooper really came on last season, grabbing 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns (1,411 yards total with 11 touchdowns). He earned First Team all-SEC honors at WR and second-team notice as an all-purpose back.
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 6:57 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior OT Brandon Shell "is a massive prospect, possessing the broad shoulders, relatively trim middle and tree trunks for thighs that make him an intimidating presence," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Despite his mass, Shell is surprisingly athletic, showing the combination of length, balance and agility to handle remaining outside at the next level," Rang wrote. "Though he's talented enough to warrant early round consideration, teams will want to investigate his medical, as Shell missed the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum." Hall of Famer Art Shell's nephew has started 36 of the last 39 games for the Gamecocks.
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May 8 - 6:42 PM

49ers signed South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson.

Thompson (6'2/217) succeeded Connor Shaw for the Gamecocks, starting for one season and completing 59.9 percent of his passes with a 26:11 TD-to-INT ratio. He showed good athleticism for a quarterback at the South Carolina Pro Day, running 4.74 with a 35-inch vertical. Thompson flashed the ability to drive throws in the SEC, but is viewed as a mess mechanically and his ball placement was scattershot. He's not much of an NFL prospect.
May 3 - 3:45 PM

49ers selected South Carolina TE Rory Anderson with the No. 254 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Affectionately known as "Busta," Anderson (6'5/244) finished his college career with just 61 receptions for 954 yards (15.6 YPR) and nine touchdowns, never catching more than 22 passes in a season. He tore both of his triceps tendons a senior. Anderson flashed seam-stretching ability for South Carolina, but has abnormally small hands (8 3/4") and dropped far too many balls in college. He's essentially a poor man's Ladarius Green.
May 2 - 6:35 PM

Lions selected South Carolina OT Corey Robinson with the No. 240 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Robinson (6'7/324) converted from defensive tackle to left tackle as a sophomore, where he piled up 35 career starts. Robinson showed freak athleticism for his mammoth size at South Carolina's Pro Day, running 5.29/5.30 with a 31-inch vertical. A massive human with 35 5/8-inch arms and 10 3/4-inch hands, Robinson also scored a 40 on the Wonderlic test. While Robinson is a project, he has traits that are not coachable. He's drawn some comparisons to Chargers LT King Dunlap.
May 2 - 6:01 PM

49ers selected South Carolina RB Mike Davis with the No. 126 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Davis (5'9/217) succeeded Marcus Lattimore as South Carolina's bellcow, turning 454 carries into 2,440 yards (5.37 YPC) and 22 TDs. He caught 70 passes in three years. Davis followed a promising sophomore campaign with a down 2014, however, partially due to added weight and partially due to injuries. His Combine was pedestrian, running 4.61 with a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Davis' burst underwhelms and he doesn't move well laterally, but he gets what's blocked and runs hard inside. He can also play on passing downs. Davis projects as a No. 2 back who could have some short-term success as a stopgap starter.
May 2 - 1:21 PM

Jaguars selected South Carolina G/C A.J. Cann with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

One round after selecting RB T.J. Yeldon, the Jaguars add to their offensive line. Cann (6'3/313) is a bully in the trenches, racking up 51 starts -- all at left guard -- and earning second-team All-American honors as a senior. He allowed two sacks in 2014, but was not whistled for a single penalty. Cann has big hands (10 1/4") and adequate arm length (32 5/8") for a guard, and is a plus athlete on tape considering his size. Although Cann needs technical work in pass protection, his true calling card is powerful drive-blocking ability. He projects as a potential day-one NFL starter. It is difficult to say where Cann fits along the line in the near future. He was evaluated at both guard and center, but the Jaguars don't have an obvious hole at either.
May 1 - 9:46 PM

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.
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