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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

South Carolina TE Rory Anderson sat out the school's pro day due to a hamstring injury.

Anderson missed a significant amount of time with a triceps injury. The hamstring tweak occurred running routes on Monday, per Rand Getlin. Anderson has received some buzz as a receiving option and will hold a personal workout in the near future.
Apr 1 - 12:50 PM

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


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