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USC’s Brandon Wilds lands NFL opportunity with Atlanta Falcons

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Brandon Wilds mwalsh@thestate.com

Brandon Wilds is used to being overlooked.

The former Blythewood Bengal came to South Carolina as a three-star prospect before rushing for 1,844 yards and 13 touchdowns in a four-year career. He’ll now enter the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

The seven rounds of the professional draft passed Thursday, Friday and Saturday without Wilds’ name being called, but he agreed to a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons shortly after the draft Saturday evening.

“I was just talking about that with my family,” the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Wilds said. “Very similar situation. My whole life I’ve had to prove myself so it won’t be anything different. I got phone calls from numerous different teams, but it’s kind of what’s the best fit for you.”

Wilds chose the Falcons so he can remain close to his 3-year-old daughter, because of his familiarity with Atlanta fullback and former South Carolina Gamecock Patrick DiMarco, and because the team soon will have a new stadium.

Wilds will report to Flowery Branch, Ga., on Thursday for the team’s rookie mini-camp.

Defensive tackle Gerald Dixon Jr. indicated on his Instagram page that he also has a free agent opportunity with the Falcons.

Safety Isaiah Johnson, who played three years at Kansas before transferring to South Carolina for his final season, signed a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.

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