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South Carolina G A.J. Cann ranks as NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein's No. 6 offensive lineman in the class.

Cann was one of the country's best guards for most of his career as a four-year starter for the Gamecocks. "He has technique issues that need to be coached up in pass protection, but he also has the talent to improve in that area," Zierlein wrote. "Powerful drive-blocker who uses leverage to fire out and generate instant movement in tight spaces. He is best-suited to a power scheme. Cann has the plug-and-play traits that could make him an instant starter." Cann measured in at 6-foot-3, 313 pounds at the NFL Combine with 32 5/8" arms and 10 1/4" hands. He's a Round 2 probability. "I see him as a left guard only prospect who overcomes lack of height with athleticism. I like the kid and the player," said an SEC East offensive coach.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 1:42 AM

South Carolina TE Rory Anderson's "athleticism and play speed is what NFL teams dream of when looking for tight ends to threaten vertically and create matchup problems underneath," noted NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Anderson compares to Ladarius Green, according to Zierlein. "While he needs to add more weight to his frame, Anderson shows the blocking fundamentals to be considered a legitimate combination tight end in the NFL," Zierlein wrote. "Anderson's biggest concern on draft day and beyond looks like it could be his recurring triceps injuries." Zierlein ranks Anderson as the No. 4 TE in the class. The 6-foot-5, 232-pounder could be a high Day 3 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 6:52 PM

South Carolina TE Rory Anderson's "medical evaluation will be important for teams scouting him," noted NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

It's a little disconcerting that Anderson's triceps injury from October hasn't sufficiently healed, though TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported last month that Anderson is expected to be 100-percent by the school's pro day. "His game tape is very impressive, though," Davis wrote. "He can separate and catches the ball well. If not for the injury issues, I think he would be in the conversation with the most highly touted tight ends in this draft." Anderson was named as Davis' most underrated tight end in the class. The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Anderson could be a high Day 3 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 11:18 PM

South Carolina TE Rory Anderson is a possible third-round target of the Saints, according to NFL.com.

"While he had just 61 career catches in his four seasons at South Carolina, Anderson (6-4 5/8, 244) has the skill set to be split wide and can cause mismatch issues," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He has had injury problems, most notably with his triceps, but his athleticism gives him an upside. He remains raw but definitely could be molded into an interesting tight end." The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Anderson is bigger than Devin Funchess, and is a far better blocker. A weak TE class has always given Anderson a chance to climb boards late.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 12:46 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes South Carolina RB Mike Davis "is an underrated pass catcher."

"RB Mike Davis of S. Carolina is solidly built, with good feet, is an underrated pass catcher. He gets lost in convos, but I'm enjoying his tape," Davis tweeted. The South Carolina prospect was used effectively as a safety valve receiver, and was utilized on dump-offs, screens and controlled routes. In 2014, Davis recorded 33 receptions for 368 yards and two scores.
Mar 3 - 2:16 PM

South Carolina G A.J. Cann is "second round probably," an NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Good player," the scout said. "He's got enough strength and he can move, too." Cann measured in at 6-foot-3, 313 pounds at the NFL Combine with 32 5/8" arms and 10 1/4" hands. "He has size, length, mass, toughs and he's competitive," said another scout. "He'll need a little bit of work in pass pro, and the mental part will scare you a little bit."
Mar 1 - 9:53 PM

South Carolina G A.J. Cann measured in at 6'3" and 313 lbs at the NFL Combine.

Cann has 32 5/8" arms and 10 1/4" hands. The Gamecock has a chance to be the first true guard off the board, since he could fit in offenses that ask their blockers to attack face up and zone/slant block.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 11:35 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann "didn't participate in the Senior Bowl because of a minor knee injury."

The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Cann was a four-year starter for the Gamecocks, and could be a plug-and-play prospect, that could offer a team an instant starter at the next level. The South Carolina prospect may be a perfect fit as a left guard for years to come.
Feb 18 - 2:36 PM

South Carolina TE Rory Anderson (triceps) won't participate in the NFL combine.

It's a little disconcerting that Anderson's triceps injury from October hasn't sufficiently healed, though TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline passes along that Anderson is expected to be 100-percent by the school's pro day. The 2015 tight end class isn't strong, so Anderson could leap up boards if he impresses.
Feb 18 - 11:47 AM

South Carolina RB Mike Davis revealed that supporting his mother is a main reason in why he left college for the NFL.

Davis seemed destined to enter this year's draft even before the 2014 season started. It might not have been his best season, but expect Davis to be selected in the third- or fourth-round, barring unforeseen circumstances.
Feb 16 - 11:16 AM

South Carolina JUCO commit DE Marquavius Lewis has "big-play ability," notes College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.

The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Lewis has already enrolled and will gun for a starting gig at spring practices. He collected 11 sacks and 20.5 TFL this season at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. Lewis, ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 3 JUCO recruit, had 18.5 sacks and 39.5 TFL across the past two seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 10:02 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes South Carolina redshirt senior G A.J. Cann is "late 1st round worthy" and could be an option for the New England Patriots.

"Really like the OG A.J. Cann fit at No. 32 to New England. He's late 1st round worthy and it would address a need for the Pats," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Cann has started for the Gamecocks since Day 1. He is "arguably the top interior offensive lineman in the country," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last month. Florida HC Will Muschamp noted back in November, that he believed Cann was "probably the best guard in the league."
Feb 3 - 2:38 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein said South Carolina redshirt senior DT J.T. Surratt's "effort is good inside the tackle box and he's tough at the point of attack, but he won't impress with production or game-changing plays."

Zierlein believes Surratt could be a rotational player in the NFL. The two-year starter isn't going to wow you, but he can occupy blockers and hold his ground versus double teams. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound fifth-year senior participated in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 3:09 PM

Former Wake Forest sophomore C/G Cory Helms transferred to South Carolina.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder started every game at Wake Forest except Senior Day in 2013. He was a Freshman All-American center in 2013. After satisfying NCAA bylaws and sitting out 2015, Helms will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Gamecocks beginning in 2016. Helms chose South Carolina over Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Penn State.
Jan 26 - 8:41 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior OT Brandon Shell (labrum) will not be able to participate in spring practices, according to a school spokesperson.

Shell underwent surgery earlier this month to repair a torn labrum. Hall of Famer Art Shell's nephew is expected to make a full recovery before summer camp. He's made every start over the past two seasons and started 36 of the last 39 games for the Gamecocks overall.
Jan 25 - 12:29 AM


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