Outlook for seven USC players attending the NFL Combine, which starts on Thursday in Indianapolis. The grades are from NFL.com. GoGamecocks’ Josh Kendall will be at the Combine to cover to the Gamecocks - look for updates this week and next.
Tight end, 6-4, 264
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Bottom Line: Has skills as a run blocker and pass blocker, but he has been underutilized as a receiving threat. Shows enough skills to get open and make catches. — NFL.com
Linebacker, 6-2, 241
Bottom Line: Shows off his ability to lay the wood and move in coverage. Could be a solid pick as a Sam ’backer, and a likely candidate to outplay his draft position. — NFL.com
Center, 6-6, 319
Bottom Line: Has played guard as well as center and is a veteran. He has played against a lot of good players and held his own. He could be late-round pick. — ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
Running back, 6-0, 218
Bottom Line: Offers intriguing blend of power, balance, vision and production. It’s hard not to question his future durability after major injuries to both knees. — NFL.com
Wide receiver, 5-8, 175
Bottom line: Super quick, dynamic, similar to what Andrew Hawkins is doing with the Bengals. Great slot guy and punt returner. -- ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
Strong safety, 6-0, 210
Bottom Line: Tenacious hitter has played free and strong safety, and his good performances at corner suggest he has the potential to cover NFL tight ends. — NFL.com
Defensive end, 6-8, 267
Bottom Line: Most intriguing is that his frame does not appear to be maxed out yet. It seems as if he can easily get to around 300 pounds, without sacrificing athleticism. — NFL.com