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They were at our game Sat and had a few draft notes on our guys. It's insider so I won't post the whole article but here are the USC notes. Those without insider should look into it. You can find deals out there usually for $20 or so a year.
South Carolina LB DeVonte Holloman (78): Is a little tight in space, but has a physical edge near the box, can hold the point, and shows the ability to shed blockers and make the tackle. Holloman is a former safety who has some underneath cover skills despite his tightness and has the look of a good value later on Day 2.
South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger (61): Instincts and an aggressive, physical style stuck out for Swearinger. He closed with reckless abandon all day and flashed instincts when sniffing out a screen pass. Swearinger also showed good route recognition on the aforementioned pick-six, reading Wilson's eyes and breaking on the ball before showing the ball skills to make the grab.
That was part of a somewhat bizarre sequence, though. On the previous play, he was flagged for a personal foul on a big hit that looked clean, and immediately after scoring the touchdown, Swearinger threw the ball into the stands and drew another personal foul. However, I like his passion and physical approach, and his recent play has helped him get into the Day 3 mix.
South Carolina DE Devin Taylor (50): Has a good build and plenty of length, but Taylor is too passive. He showed good discipline against misdirection at one point, but he does not look tough enough to warrant better than a Day 3 pick.
South Carolina TE Justice Cunningham (30): Made one of the best catches I've seen all season, opening up and spinning around to make a one-handed grab downfield. He's not overly explosive, but I like his ball skills, focus in traffic and the second-level blocking he showed. Cunningham doesn't yet have a full evaluation, but he could crack Day 3 in an underwhelming tight end class.
South Carolina DE Chaz Sutton (No grade): Was all over the field, recording a sack and a pass breakup, and showed the versatility to play inside or outside. He is explosive and quick as a pass-rusher, and has a relentless motor. He's turning some heads with his production and physical tools, so keep an eye on the junior going forward.
"People always ask me if I wish I were bigger. I tell them no. I always wanted to be a miniature badass." Dustin Pedroia
Spot-on evaluations of Taylor and Sutton. Have to believe that Sutton will be an upgrade over Taylor next year.
Spurrier...I appreciate him plenty
He'll be an upgrade if he's here. This is exactly the type of player we have lost in previous years to the draft.
Oh, and thanks for sharing EG
This post was edited by kumarcock 17 months ago
The rug really tied the room together, did it not?
hope Sutton talks to Melvin before making a decision... Melvin was a late round pick/free agent his junior year and played himself into #18 overall.
You know Lawing is in his ear about that, but his concern may be what Darius English does with another year in our S&C program. I would really like to have both next year with the unsung but important Fordham graduating.
Taylor is really confusing to me. I can't help but think he lost a step when he added the weight. I still think he is a heck of a player and will make it at the next level but his RS Soph year he was nearly unblockable. Right now I would project him as a LDE and a team continues to add weight to hold up vs the right side of the OL which are typically bigger and more run dominate.
He is still growing into his body and his height often works against him...guys get into his body and he can't maintain leverage/get off blocks very well. Still, he has a lot of what you can't coach and has room to develop more as a player. I agree he is generally weaker at the point of attack vs. the run.
I don't understand the low grade on DJ? What more do they need to see? He has good size, speed, great ball skills, and is a great tackler. He will be a steal if he falls to late day 2 or day 3. I'd put money on that...
I sure hope Chaz comes back....Our Dline could be even better with Clowney, Quarles, Sutton, Green, Alfy, and English.........
DT deserves some more credit. Go watch the Sutton sack replay. Just another example of him getting unlucky.
This post was edited by SyvelleNewton 17 months ago
This is not The Syvelle Newton, just his number one fan!
Safety is one of the least-valued positions in he NFL draft because so many guys can play it. Very hard for a guy to get into the first two rounds as a pure safety.
Let's not forget about 6-5/270 lb former HSs 5 stat and Bama recruit Alfy Hill...He and Darius English will really fight for PT...Next year, our ends will be sick...
Yep. Hopefully, DJ will get to show his cover skills by playing a little more corner the next couple of games. If he shows he can slide down to nickel in the NFL, which he can, he will be more valuable.
DT's NFL stock is what it is. What cannot be argued is that he has been very good on our DL for 4 yrs now. He is a great Gamecock, and a great college DE. He has been great against the run this year, I really don't know where that came from. Another poster made a good point about him being unlucky this year as far as stats go. He has chased the QB right into other guys who got the sack this year.
All there is to say about DT is: Ask Lawing who our best DL has been this year, and see what he says.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
One thing I really like about Taylor is his ability to throw his hands up when to disrupt a passer. He seems to have good instincts in that department. His height will be missed but we have some other tall guys on the roster who could fill in and be a little more tough.
He'll definitely say clowney.
left out surratt, who played a lot of snaps saturday. if, i repeat if, we keep the guys coming back, there is no reason our d line should not be as good or better than this year.
sutton quarles surrat/dixon clowney
with folks waiting to rotate in. just cant get enough good d linemen. its the difference between the sec & the rest of the world
"It ain't the size of the dog in the fight..."
If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love.
Did the article not mention TJ Johnson? I admittedly don't know the OL well in regards to what pro scouts look for, but I would think TJ would be a fairly well regarded next-level prospect at either C or G. I could see him going between rounds 4 and 6...
I'm sure Lawing would probably say our first team All-SEC and All-American DE Clowney has been the best player on our DL. That would be right in line with what every other human being on the face of the earth that has watched USC play football would say as well.
This post was edited by howardscock1 17 months ago
Chaz, if he stays will be a big upgrade from Devin. I like Devin and he has been solid, but I like Suttons motor alot more. Sutton/Clowney will be a more effective DE duo
He does not have good size and he is not a great tackler. Hits with violence, but he is very inconsistent with wrapping up.
Taylor is good but underdeveloped and still figuring out his body. With some weight gain he will be a good 3 4 NFL end.
The D-line will look amazing next year with all the various skilled lineman. It is a good possibility that this will be English breakout year. We should have the best D line in school history.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BigMike404 17 months ago
He's the best tackler on our team, and one of the best tacklers in the country. I bet we could count on one hand the number of tackles he has missed in the last two years. His grade is because he is a safety, and is not a big guy. It is not because he is a bad tackler, I can guarantee that.
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