NFL Draft rewind: South Carolina’s five-year draft recap

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Since Steve Spurrier’s arrival at South Carolina, the Gamecocks have been putting players in the league at a rather aggressive rate. And Marcus Lattimore, Devin Taylor, DJ Swearinger, TJ Johnson and DeVonte Holloman, among others, are all draft hopefuls next moth.

The Gamecocks have put 18 players through the NFL Draft the last five seasons.

2012 (6)

  • Stephon Gilmore, Bills (1st round)
  • Melvin Ingram, Chargers (1st round)
  • Alshon Jeffery, Bears (2nd round)
  • Rokevious Watkins, Rams (5th round)
  • Antonio Allen, Jets (7th round)
  • Travian Robertson, Falcons (7th round)

2011 (2)

  • Chris Culliver, 49ers (3rd round)
  • Cliff Matthews, Falcons (7th round)

2010 (2)

  • Eric Norwood, Panthers (4th round)
  • Clifton Geathers, Browns (6th round)

2009 (7)

  • Jared Cook, Titans (3rd round)
  • Kenny McKinley, Broncos (5th round)
  • Jasper Brinkley, Vikings (5th round)
  • Jamon Meredith, Packers (5th round)
  • Captain Munnerlyn, Panthers (7th round)
  • Stoney Woodson, Giants (7th round)
  • Ryan Succop, Chiefs (7th round)

2008 (1)

  • Cory Boyd, Broncos (7th round)

Best Pro: Jared Cook is one of the best NFL tight ends and is a hot commodity on the trade block now. Several thought the Titans should have franchised Cook, but now several teams are looking Cook’s way. The former third-round pick has put up numbers ever since he got in the league. Cook has totaled 131 catches for 1,717 yards and eight touchdowns in four years worth of work. The Georgia native is one of the most athletic tight ends in the league, and he’s the top NFL player from South Carolina over the last five draft classes.

Most Disappointing Pro: Eric Norwood was one of my favorite players at South Carolina during his time. He still holds USC’s career sack record, but he didn’t do anything in the league. A fourth-round pick can’t be a bust, but he was certainly a disappointment. Norwood played with the Panthers in ’10 and ’11, but he played on the Virginia Destroyers last year.

Photo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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  • I also loved watching Norwood… the consummate “tween-er”, not big enough to be a DE and not quite fast enough to be an LB… You might be able to get away with that in the college ranks… in the pro’s it’s a different story… All too often repeated…