'06 NFL Draft Watch: South Carolina

Steve Spurrier moves back into the SEC and now takes over the Gamecocks football team. This program has been all over the map recently yet consistently places solid NFL prospects into the draft's first day.  There is only a slim chance of that happening in 2006.

Scouting the SEC: South Carolina 

The majority of the NFL talent on this team is of the mid-to-late round variety.  There are a pair of offensive lineman to keep an eye on.  Left tackle Jabari Levey is a strong blocker who engulfs opponents at the point of attack.  Displaying adequate athleticism, Levey offers solid potential for the next level yet must improve his fundamentals.  Right-side blocker Na'Shan Goddard is another tough lineman strong at the point of attack.  Controlling defenders once engaged in a block, he does well blocking in pass protection or for the running game.  Like his teammate, Goddard offers good size and potential for the next level.  Both players have first day possibilities.  Running back Goddard Truman is a nice sized interior ball carrier with the ability to break tackles and pick up yardage off initial contact.  With Demetris Summers no longer on the team Truman stands to gain from a solid senior campaign.  Speaking of Summers, the shifty back decided to prepare for the 2006 draft rather then transfer to another school after leaving the program.  A ball carrier who combines vision with excellent footwork, Summers waits for blocks to develop and follows them anywhere on the field.  An explosive runner, he has an aggressive style yet is not an elusive back who creates.  Good workouts prior to next April's draft are imperative if Summers is to fall into late rounds. 

The top defensive prospect on the team would have been pass rusher Moe Thompson, who was dismissed from the program after breaking into dorm rooms.  An explosive lineman, Thompson quickly gets off the ball with a nice first step and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage.  Easily stymied at the point of attack, he does not always go hard and has difficulty if opponents run in his direction.  Thompson will play for Grambling this season and presently sits as a late round choice.  Linebacker Ricardo Hurley is an explosive defender with a burst of speed.  Fast moving laterally, he displays excellent sideline-to-sideline range and shows skill in coverage.  Not efficient, Hurley takes improper angles to the action and struggles getting off blocks.  Sized well, he is solid consideration for the late rounds.  

Name Pos # Yr
Na'Shan Goddard T 78 5Sr
Ricardo Hurley OLB 42 4Sr
Jabari Levey T 70 4Sr
Daccus Turman RB 32 4Sr

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