South Carolina Gamecocks draft prospects

NFL Draft: South Carolina Gamecocks Top Prospects

The South Carolina Gamecocks do not have a huge number of top prospects available for the 2018 NFL Draft. They have only one who is considered a lock to be selected in rounds 1-3. Former Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier got a bit lazy in his recruiting over the last few years he roamed the sidelines in Columbia. So, the talent pool has been left bare for the last couple of drafts. As head coach Will Muschamp enters his third season, and his recruiting picks up steam, I expect the Gamecocks to have more players selected in future NFL Drafts.

TOP PROSPECTS (ROUND 1-3)

HAYDEN HURST, TE

Hurst is a tremendous all-around tight end prospect. He can block, is a good route runner, and has excellent hands. Hurst is not a phenomenal athlete and will be a 25-year old rookie. I expect him to get his name called in the 40-50 pick range.

MID-ROUND PROSPECTS (ROUND 4-5)

SKAI MOORE, LB

Moore is one of the best coverage LBs in this draft. He finished his career with 13 interceptions. Additionally, Moore has been one of the leading tacklers in South Carolina Gamecocks history. He missed the entire 2016 season with a neck injury and probably needs to add 10-15 pounds.

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LATE ROUND PROSPECTS (ROUND 6-7)

JAMARCUS KING, CB

King is a tall, long corner. Although, he needs to be in a press coverage situation to succeed. Especially since he doesn’t have the speed (4.6 range) to run with faster receivers. However, if King can get his hands on the receiver early, he can win. If not, he gets into trouble.

TAYLOR STALLWORTH, DL

Stallworth is a two-down run-plugger with limited pass rush upside. He is very disruptive in the run game, however.

PRIORITY FREE AGENTS

ULRIC JONES, DL

Jones is in the same vein as Stallworth. He is a lesser athlete but you never see him loafing when he is on the field.

ALAN KNOTT, OC

Knott started 40-plus games For the South Carolina Gamecocks at the most important offensive line position in the SEC. Knott isn’t flashy but is a solid player.

CHRIS LAMMONS, CB

Lammons could be a solid nickel corner with return capabilities. Lammons has also played safety. Thus, anytime you can offer that kind of versatility, you can make a team.

CAMP BODIES

CORY HELMS, OG

Helms is a good run blocker but almost a turnstile as a pass blocker. In fact, the Wake Forest transfer played in the Shrine Game.

DANTE SAWYER, DL

Sawyer was one of the top JUCO defensive ends but never really made an impact in Columbia. He has the size to play as a 5-tech but the light bulb never went on.

What do you think of these players as prospects? Let us know in the comments!

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