The NFL has been friendly to South Carolina; Many former Gamecocks continue to do great things in the pro ranks.
That’s why there are always several NFL talent assessors in the Williams-Brice press boxes. An abundance of Scouts were in attendance on Saturday night, delighted with the results.
Several gamecocks were making serious money for themselves. Others cemented their status, and one reminded everyone of what they could be. The jury isn’t out on all the prospects yet, but early signs are looking positive.
Spencer Rattler, QB
Quarterback Spencer Rattler quarterbacked the best game in school history. He threw for six touchdowns, a single-game program record, and rushed for 400 yards in the win.
The numbers are impressive, but the process was amazing. Rattler made every high-level throw a scout could want, going off the platform, across his body, changing his arm angle, and more.
The Rattler we saw Saturday was a first-round draft pick. He wouldn’t aim anywhere near that high in this upcoming draft, but some think he might explain. Those next two games carry a lot of weight and potentially big money for No.7.
Antwane Wells, WR
While wide receiver Antwane Wells is a candidate for the upcoming draft, many assume he will return to school in preparation for the 2024 NFL Draft.
He emerged as their top target earlier this season, but the NFL chatter didn’t start until his dominant performance against the Volunteers. Wells’ body control and snap point skills are attractive to any team as they are two of the most translatable skills.
Wells was the target whenever the Gamecocks needed a big game. He works well in the middle of the field and keeps his feet moving, always looking for space.
Jaheim Bell, TE
Fans have been clamoring for Jaheim Bell’s tight end to get more touches and they’ve been mollified over the past two weeks. Bell scored two touchdowns against Tennessee, showing his unique versatility.
Bell should be a next level YAC monster. He has a powerful lower body that pushes him through contact and has an innate ability to slip on the first tackle.
The coaching staff used him as a running back at some point this season, proving his ability to do extraordinary things. Bell was meant to dish out damage in a West Coast system that relies on getting the ball out quickly.
Cam Smith, CB
Many made their way to see Corner Cam Smith in person. Scouts have raved about his fiery nature and covering abilities for years, and he’s cemented his status as a first-round pick.
Smith drew the contract from wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, the runaway favorite to win the Biletnikoff award. Hyatt is a local and made it a point to publicize his revenge plan after South Carolina didn’t offer it in high school.
Hyatt never had the chance to put this plan into action. Smith swarmed him all evening, staying physical and in phase for four quarters while tackling in space when needed.
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