Many of the NFL’s top scouts and coaches, including Jets head coach Rex Ryan, were on hand today at the South Carolina Gamecocks Pro Day at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia S.C. All eyes were on arguably the most talented crop of prospects ever to emerge from the University of South Carolina, with three potential first round picks showcasing their talents.
Melvin Ingram- A sure first round and possible top ten pick did not disappoint as he ran all his drills as fluently as expected and displayed his athleticism working out at both linebacker and defensive lineman drills.
Stephon Gilmore- Gilmore’s stock is rising faster than any other prospect on the draft board currently. Originally projected as later first round pick to possibly even a second round pick, Gilmore is now closing the gap and moving into the second best overall defensive back available. Watch as Gilmore possibly leap frogs into the top 15 picks.
Alshon Jeffery- After Jeffery declined to participate in any drills at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, he rose to the occasion today. Jeffery has shredded 15 lbs off of his 2011 230 lb frame. Now weighing in at 215, Jeffery told NFL Network’s Mike Mayock that he planned on staying at that weight and vowed to never see 230 again. Jeffery was crisp in his drills and even managed to turn in a 4.48 40-yard dash time. Many scouts were eager to see what time Jeffery was capable of turning in after his ability to separate from coverage has been vastly questioned by scouts. Expect Jeffery to make a splash in the second round, maybe even late in the first round.
Stephen Garcia- The dismissed starting quarterback was present today in Columbia to participate in Pro Day, and he didn’t disappoint. Garcia connected on 46 of 50 passes and demonstrated great touch an accuracy on his passes, especially the deep balls. Garcia arrived in perhaps the best shape that he’s ever been in, weighing in at 218 lbs. Garcia is one of the biggest question marks heading into the draft. If he can prove to organizations that he’s moved on from his past mistakes, he might prove to be a quality quarterback at the NFL level.