Josh Kendall

5 Gamecocks most likely to be picked in next year’s NFL Draft

South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper
South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper gmelendez@thestate.com

1. PHAROH COOPER

WR, 5-11, 208, Junior

He would have to skip his senior season to be eligible, but Cooper has that kind of talent and would have little else to prove if he put up back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

2. BRANDON SHELL

OT, 6-6, 327, Senior

Former teammate Corey Robinson had to wait until the seventh round to be picked this year, but Shell’s bloodline (nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Art Shell) will help.

3. JERELL ADAMS

TE, 6-6, 231, Senior

The production hasn’t been there yet (career: 38 catches, 556 yards), but his size combined with the speed might be too intriguing for pro teams to pass on.

4. BRANDON WILDS

RB, 6-2, 224, Senior

If he can reach his goal of a 1,000-yard season, a pro team might make him a late-round pick. He has shown flashes and could be a value because he doesn’t have a bunch of career carries.

5. GERALD DIXON JR.

DT, 6-3, 325, Senior

He’ll have to bounce back from a disappointing season, but he will get the benefit of the doubt in the evaluation process because he’s an SEC defensive tackle.

Josh Kendall

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