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.
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
The top defensive
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.