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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: South Carolina

Below are Charlie Campbell's writeups from his position prospect rankings, but this time by school. If they were at the NFL Scouting Combine, their results are here as well.



  1. A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 313.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.33.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    4/18/15: Cann is a good run-blocker who excels in the phone booth. He struggles in space and can have issues with speedy pass-rushers. Sources have told WalterFootball.com that they grade Cann as a third-rounder and as a poor man's Larry Warford or Gabe Jackson. Cann is a similar blocker to those two, but smaller than both of them, and they were third-round picks.

    8/27/14: Cann is a powerful run-blocker who opened up a lot of holes for Mike Davis last season. Cann had a number of good games and showed some improvement in his pass protection. He broke into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He has been a mainstay in the lineup since then. Cann is a team captain and should be in position to have another impressive season as South Carolina figures to feature the ground game with Davis.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    DNP
    Unoff. 40
    DNP
    10-Yd
    DNP
    Arm
    32 5/8
    Bench
    26



  2. Mike Davis*, RB, South Carolina
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 217.
    40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    4/11/15: Davis played with injuries in 2014 that basically caused him to miss the season opener and limited him in several games, but he was still a productive contributor for South Carolina. Davis averaged 4.9 yards per carry on the year with 982 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 32 receptions for 368 yards and two scores.

    Davis is a physical, downhill runner who has the quickness to hit the hole. He also is a versatile player with some natural athleticism for the passing game. However, sources say they were disappointed in Davis' play as a junior and view him as a No. 2 back in the NFL rather than a future starter.

    8/27/14: Davis had big shoes to fill in 2013 as Marcus Lattimore was a legend at South Carolina, yet Davis managed to address the void. Sources believe that Davis is actually better than Lattimore. Davis was a physical beast for South Carolina in 2013. Even with teams selling out to stop him, he ran over defenders on a weekly basis. Davis averaged 5.8 yards per carry with 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 34 receptions for 352 yards. Davis showed some natural receiving ability and was phenomenal on screen passes.

    David runs with excellent pad level, vision and balance. As a freshman in 2012, Davis averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    4.61
    Unoff. 40
    4.61
    10-Yd
    1.58
    Vertical
    34
    Broad
    9-8
    Hand
    9 3/8
    Bench
    17







  3. Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 324.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.45.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    4/18/15: Robinson was a solid run-blocker for South Carolina, but he struggled to play in space and had issues with speed rushers. That was evident when, for the second-straight season, Vic Beasley smoked Robinson with speed around the corner. Robinson would be better off at right tackle in the NFL and is too big to move inside to guard.

    Sources say that Robinson has decent athleticism for such a big blocker. They feel he is similar to Chargers tackle King Dunlap, but Robinson isn't quite as athletic as Dunlap. Hence, the projected move to right tackle. That view was given proof as he showed some athleticism at the Combine and moved pretty well in the field drills for such a huge lineman, but not at the level of a left tackle.

    8/27/14: Robinson is a massive blocker who has surprising feet and athleticism. The big edge protector had a strong junior season at left tackle for South Carolina. After playing well against some good opponents, Robinson struggled against Tennessee. He was also abused by Clemson's Vic Beasley for two sacks, a forced fumble and a holding penalty. Robinson also gave up a sack against Wisconsin.

    The senior is South Carolina's left tackle, but he looks like a better fit at right tackle in the NFL. Robinson started out his career as a defensive linemen, but broke into the starting lineup at left tackle during the 2012 season. He needs refinement, but has upside to develop.

    Personal: Majoring in hospitality management.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    DNP
    Unoff. 40
    DNP
    10-Yd
    DNP
    Arm
    35 5/8
    Bench
    28



  4. Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 244.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
    Projected Round (2015): 4-6.

    4/11/15: Anderson had 22 receptions for 260 yards and a touchdown during 2014. He was capable of producing a lot more, but the Gamecocks didn't use him enough. Anderson is a sleeper prospect who could end up being a steal. WalterFootball.com knows teams that are targeting him for a pick on Day 3. At the Combine, Anderson weighed in 10-15 pounds heavier than expected and that was good for him. However, he didn't run the 40.

    8/27/14: Anderson is a nice, but seldom used, receiving weapon for South Carolina. In 2013, he notched 17 receptions for 235 yards. Anderson had 14 catches for 271 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. He caught eight passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns in 2010.

    Anderson has some quickness and receiving ability. He has the ability to contribute as a blocker in the ground game, but he needs more size for the NFL.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    DNP
    Unoff. 40
    DNP
    10-Yd
    DNP
    Vertical
    DNP
    Hand
    8 3/4
    Arm
    32 1/4
    Bench
    DNP







  5. Brison Williams, S, South Carolina
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 208.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    4/18/15: Williams had a quality 2014 in pass coverage, but didn't offer much against the run as South Carolina's defense had problems throughout the regular season. He recorded 34 tackles with six passes broken up and four interceptions for the year. Brison didn't participate in the Combine.

    8/27/14: Williams had a solid 2013 season for the Gamecocks as a free and strong safety. He totaled 45 tackles with one interception and three passes broken up. Williams is a strong and physical safety who operates well as the eighth man in the box. For the NFL, he would be better fit as a strong safety unless he shows the coverage skills to play the deep part of the field as a senior.

    As a sophomore in 2012, Williams broke into the starting lineup and recorded 52 tackles with two interceptions and four passes broken up. He missed the first month of the 2011 season after breaking his arm during training camp. Williams spent that year as a backup and recorded 11 tackles. He started out his collegiate career at Fork Union Military Academy.



  6. Damiere Byrd, WR, South Carolina
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
    Projected Round (2015): FA.

    4/11/15: Byrd caught 20 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. He did not participate in the Combine.

    8/27/14: Byrd is extremely fast, but he hasn't had a season of big production during his college career. In 2013, Byrd hauled in 33 receptions for 575 yards as a junior. As a sophomore, he had 14 receptions for 366 yards. Byrd needs to produce more as a senior.









  7. Shaq Roland*, WR, South Carolina
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 176.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    2/14/15: Roland recorded 26 catches for 356 yards and four scores in 2014. He played well against East Carolina and Georgia, but did next to nothing against Texas A&M (1-2) and Missouri (1-4). Roland should have returned for his senior year, but he quit the team before its bowl game and decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

    8/27/14: It wouldn't be surprising if Roland rises during his junior and/or senior year. He has speed to go along with size.

    In 10 games in 2013, Roland caught 25 passes for 455 yards with five touchdowns. The sophomore averaged 18 yards per reception. As a freshman, he had five receptions for 80 yards and a score.

    Roland was a highly sought after recruit and was the fourth-straight South Carolina "Mr. Football" to pick the Gamecocks. The others were Stephon Gilmore, Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney.









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