This Year's NFL Prospects From South Carolina

SCPrepNation.com takes a look at some NFL draft prospects who played their high school careers here in the Palmetto State. Two were very well known commodities coming out of high and the others have worked their way into NFL caliber prospects. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (pictured) is expected to be an early round selection.

The NFL draft is always interesting but this year we could see quite a few prospects who played their high school ball here in South Carolina get drafted. There are some known commodities and a few that went under the radar and have a shot at being picked in the later rounds. It's been a interesting journey to discover quite a few of these kids and now to see them chase and realize a dream of playing the NFL. Without further adieu here are the prospects from the Palmetto State who will likely be drafted.

Alshon Jeffrey (wide receiver) South Carolina-Alshon was a prospect that I was really intrigued with watching him first as a smooth basketball prospect but he really evolved as a football player and realized that catching the pigskin was going to be his bread winner. Expect Alshon to go in the first round according to most analysts. I myself wouldn't mind seeing him stay close to home and become a favorite of Cam Newton's with the Carolina Panthers.

Stephon Gilmore (cornerback) South Carolina-Stephon was a prospect that we realized early on that he had a real presence or swagger about him on the field. Even when he was younger he made big plays and just showed the ability to be a game changer. In high school at South Pointe he played cornerback and quarterback but he'll make his money at cornerback on the next level. He's had his ups and downs at South Carolina but he's got the size, skills, and swagger that pro coaches love. We've heard Stephon could go as high as the first round but many say he shouldn't last past the second round unless he falters at the combine or pro day.

Chad Diehl (fullback) Clemson- Diehl was a great linebacker at Byrnes High School. Some questioned his speed but he was always one of the strongest guys in the state so the coaches at Clemson convinced him to give fullback a try and he's flourished there. He wasn't the highest ranked out of his teammates coming out his senior year but the position change and dedication has served him well. Most analysts see him getting drafted later on in rounds six or seven.

Ryan Steed (cornerback) Furman- Steed is a guy who a lot of people passed over coming out of Pinewood Prep in the lowcountry. Steed was indeed a player that Shedrick Moorer brought to the forefront but only the likes of Furman, The Citadel, and Charleston Southern offered him. Vanderbilt was interested but what Steed was able to accomplish during his career at Furman is remarkable. Steed, like Diehl, is expected to be a late round selection.


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