NFL Draft '07: Scouting South Carolina

The excitement is back in Columbia as it did not take long for Steve Spurrier to turn the Gamecock program around. The team is noted for placing receivers and defensive backs into the early part of the NFL draft and that trend will continue.

Junior Sidney Rice is a game controlling pass catcher with outstanding natural skills. Playing with terrific balance, body control and consistency, Rice is reliable in all aspects of the game. An outstanding red zone target, he consistently comes away with the reception during the games important moments. Though he lacks true deep speed Rice shows all the abilities necessary to impact next year's draft if he leaves for the NFL. Teammate Syvelle Newton has better size/speed numbers compared to Rice but is not as good a football player. Newton must become a bigger part of the offense as a senior to meet the expectations of NFL scouts. Center Chris White is a hard-working blocker with good size and explosion. Effective with the shotgun snap, White offers solid upside potential for the next level.

On defense nose tackle Stanley Daughty is a hard-working plugger on the inside who chases to get involved in the action. Quickly getting off the snap with excellent first step quickness, Daughty is a load to handle in the middle of the line. With more teams moving to the 3-4 defense he will be highly rated entering his senior campaign. Cornerback Fred Bennett offers outstanding size/speed numbers and plays to them on the field. Displaying good footwork Bennett is fundamentally sound and quickly closes to the action. Not overly instinctive he struggles with his back to the ball and must improve the mental aspects of his game. Brandon Isaac moves into the starting safety position and the oft-injured senior will be watched as he possesses the physical skills to play in the NFL.

South Carolina Prospect List

Full Name Pos # Year
Fred Bennett CB 8 4Sr
Stanley Doughty DT 55 4Jr
Brandon Isaac S 26 4Sr
Syvelle Newton WR 13 4Sr
Sidney Rice WR 4 3So
Chris White C 60 5Sr



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