The Pro Player Insiders team was in Columbia, SC for the heavily awaited pro day of Jadeveon Clowney. While he was the main attraction there were 10 total former Gamecocks working out for all 32 NFL teams, former and current Gamecocks, and former media members in attendance.
Among the notable NFL personnel in attendance was Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley along with their defensive line coach. The Rams, Bucs, and Bengals all sent their defensive line coaches while Houston sent their head coach Bill O’Brien, defensive coordinator, and General Manager Rick Smith. Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff and Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley were in attendance. Bills Director of College Scouting Jim Monos was also there. Rams General Manager Les Snead and Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes were also there.
150 plus media credentials were handed out including notable former pros Donovan McNabb, current pros Devin Taylor (Lions) and many other former Gamecocks while current Gamecock standouts running back Mike Davis and return man Pharoh Cooper also watched.
Big names from the media in attendance were Sal Palantonio, Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, and Kevin Weidl.
Here is a look at how each of the prospects performed.
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney measured in at 6055, 266 pounds with 34-inch arms, 84 5/8 wingspan, and kept all his results from the combine in the broad jump, vertical jump, bench, 40, and shuttles. He did position drills only and looked very good. He is smooth for his size, while a little tight but that’s because he’s so big, and showed good explosion and speed. He was in shape and did a very good job. He cemented himself as a top 2-3 pick.
Quarterback Connor Shaw was also a big draw and he measured at 6007, 208 pounds. He had a 73 ¾ wingspan and 9 1/8 hand. He kept his results from the combine and only did position drills. Shaw has multiple private workouts and visits and recently got engaged. This has been a busy off-season for the star who competed in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and was at the NFL Scouting Combine as well. He did good in the workouts and has thoroughly impressed teams in meetings. Expect him to come off the board in the 5th or 6th round.
Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was also at the combine and he measured in at 6036, 294 pounds, and had a 80 1/8 wingspan and 9 ¾ hand. He kept his results from the combine in most drills except he did run the 40 in the 5.00-5.03 range and had a 4.66 short shuttle and 7.60 3-cone on NFL clocks. He was not in great shape and will need to improve in that area but moves well for his size and should be a 3rd round draft choice.
Wide receiver Bruce Ellington is a sleeper name who hasn’t gotten as much attention but had a very good day. He was also at the combine and measured in at 5094, 198 pounds with a 75 5/8 wingspan and 9 5/8 hand. He kept all of his results from the combine and did position drills only. He was smooth, caught the ball well, and should be a 3rd-4th round draft choice.
Cornerback Victor Hampton, who was also at the NFL Scouting Combine, had a better day from his previous workout. He was 5096, 203 pounds, and had a 9 inch hand and 75 1/8 wingspan. He kept all of his jumps and bench from the combine. He clocked 4.57-4.58 on his first 40 and people had 4.61-4.63 on his second time. He also had a 4.34 short shuttle and 7.13 3-cone. He did a solid job in the position drills but his off field concerns are what his clouding his draft stock. He should be a 3rd or 4th round pick but will likely slide in the draft. Expect him to come off the board in the 150-220 range.
One potential surprise name is defensive end Chaz Sutton. He had better production in 2012 due to a hurt foot in 2013. Sutton was a player we tabbed as a potential top 100 pick but was slowed down due to the injury. He measured 6033, 245 pounds with a 9 1/8 hand and 73 ¾ wingspan. He ran the 40 in the 4.65-4.67 range on his first run and 4.76 range on his second run. Sutton also had a 4.55 short shuttle, 35 ½ inch vertical, 27 bench reps, 1.69 10-yard, 7.23 3-cone, and looked athletic in position drills. While most project him to go undrafted he would be a very good late round pick who should be a steal, if healthy. Most media have him rated low because he was a backup in 2012 and didn’t do much in 2013 but the injury and playing behind two highly rated ends in 2012 have made him a complete wildcard.
Cornerback Jimmy LeGree measured in at 5112, 192 pounds with a 8 5/8 hand and 76 ½ wingspan. He was not at the NFL Combine but did play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He ran in the 4.63-4.67 range in the 40, had a 1.63 10-yard, 12 reps, 35 ½ inch vertical, 10’0 broad jump, 4.26 short shuttle, 11.91 60-yard shuttle, and 7.14 3-cone. He doesn’t have great hands and lacks elite speed so is likely a free agent.
A few others worked out with guard Ronald Patrick, who took snaps and projects as a center, who was 6013, 308 pounds with a 80 7/8 wingspan and 9 ¾ hand. He had a 8’5 broad jump, 28 ½ inch vertical, 23 reps, 5.26-5.28 40, 4.75 short shuttle, and 7.94 3-cone.
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