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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

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline relayed that South Carolina RB Brandon Wilds "had a good day for himself" during Wednesday's Pro Day.

"Wilds caught the ball very well in position drills," Pauline wrote, "and most importantly, displayed a lot of quickness moving laterally. That's key for Wilds, who's been branded as a straight-line runner." The 6-foot-1, 220-pound back has already met with the Patriots, Giants and Lions, all of whom could be in the market for a Day 3 back depending on how they approach the first two days in Chicago later this month.
Apr 2 - 9:00 PM

South Carolina redshirt freshman WR Jalen Christian will transfer.

Christian will have to sit out the 2016 season should he transfer to another FBS program. The 5-foot-9, 177-pound wideout has yet to officially suit up at the collegiate level after redshirting in 2015, but he was a four-star recruit out of high school and ranked as ESPN 300's 252nd overall prospect for last year's cycle. HC Will Muschamp addressed Christian's transfer, saying, "He’s handling it like a man would. I’m proud of him. We’re going to do everything we can do to help him transfer and get to a place closer to home. That’s where he needs to be at this time." "Home" for Christian, in this case, is the state of Maryland. He becomes the seventh player to transfer from the program since Muschamp took over the reigns.
Source: The State
Apr 1 - 8:22 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch missed practice on Thursday after contracting pinkeye.

HC Will Muschamp immediately began speaking as though Mitch was an extra in the movie Outbreak. Said the coach, "He is very infectious. So we did not allow him to come out [for Thursday's practice]. He’ll be back hopefully in meetings [Friday]. It’s very contagious so you can’t be around anybody or everybody’s going to get and you’ve got a problem." No word as to whether Muschamp was wearing a hazmat suit at the time of his comments, but we'll just assume so. South Carolina's top three quarterbacks in spring competition have now been sidelined due to injury or contagion, with redshirt senior QB Perry Orth suffering a broken collarbone several days ago and sophomore QB Nunez hyperextending his knee a few days before that. Nunez is expected to return at some point next week and you can probably assume the same for Mitch, but Orth's collarbone will take more time to heal. Not the best start for South Carolina's bid to rebound in 2016.
Source: The State
Apr 1 - 8:08 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper "looked very good" during positional drills during Wednesday's Pro Day.

"I'm told his 40 times ranged from 4.58 to 4.64," Pauline passed along, adding, "He then went through receiver and special teams drills for almost 30 minutes and looked very good. Cooper ran sharp, crisp routes, caught just about everything thrown in his direction, and looked very smooth." The 5-foot-11, 203-pounder managed to log a 66-973-8 receiving line in 2015 despite playing for an offense that looked like an aluminum can that had been repeatedly run over. NFL Media's Mike Mayock deemed him a nice fit for the Vikings in late February, while Pro Football Focus sees value if he is still on the board in the third round.
Mar 31 - 5:04 PM


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