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Ex-Gamecocks look to impress NFL teams

It’s a second chance weekend for a couple of Gamecocks who were passed over in last weekend’s NFL draft.

Tailback Mike Davis has a tryout this weekend at the Buffalo Bills minicamp, while defensive tackle Jonathan Williams has a similar arrangement with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Making the team is probably a longshot for both players, considering they are third in the pecking order behind their teams’ drafted players and the undrafted free agents. Blake Mitchell had a tryout last year with Buffalo that didn’t amount too much.

But at least they’ve got a chance, which is pretty incredible in Williams’ case – considering the Augusta native had only seven tackles last fall in a limited role.

Scouts had little or no tape of Williams to watch, but the 6-2, 296-pounder showed surprising agility at USC’s pro day, and drew a crowd of scouts following the workout.

If Williams somehow makes the team, he would continue a trend of obscure USC defensive tackles who made a name for themselves in the NFL. Shaun Smith tops that list, although I still remember tuning into a Monday Night Football broadcast a few years ago and seeing Darrell Shropshire starting for the Falcons.

(Shropshire, incidentally, was at USC’s pro day in street clothes hoping to bend the ear of a scout or two, and get in someone’s camp.)

Also, the agent for Gamecocks OL Justin Sorensen is telling the Canadian press that the mammoth tackle will sign with his hometown B.C. Lions of the CFL after no NFL teams drafted him last weekend.

Sorensen was a first-round of the Lions last year, but opted to return to USC for his fifth season and hoped to land a more lucrative NFL contract. I’m betting Sorensen has a long career in the CFL.