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South Carolina Football: Complete NFL Combine Grades for Former Stars

Charles BennettContributor IJune 10, 2016

South Carolina Football: Complete NFL Combine Grades for Former Stars

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    Jadeveon Clowney participates in the cone drill.
    Jadeveon Clowney participates in the cone drill.Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    South Carolina had five former players who participated in the NFL Scouting Combine.

    Quarterback Connor Shaw was the only senior.

    Led by defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the Gamecocks had four juniors who declared early for the draft put their skills on display.

    In addition to Shaw and Clowney, wide receiver Bruce Ellington, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and cornerback Vic Hampton all had solid performances at the combine, which should help their stock on draft day.

     

    All times, measurements and ratings courtesy of NFL.com.

     

     

Jadeveon Clowney, DE

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    Jadeveon Clowney tested well at the NFL combine.
    Jadeveon Clowney tested well at the NFL combine.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds

    Bench Press: 21 reps

    Vertical jump: 39.5 inches

    Broad Jump: 120 inches

    Three-cone drill: 7.27 seconds

     

    Analysis

    Clowney turned in some eye-popping numbers in Indianapolis, particularly his 40 time, but his 21 reps on the bench press were considered low. Questions remain about the 6'4", 266-pound defensive end's work ethic and how badly he wants to succeed at the next level. However, don't expect those questions to prevent him from being among the top picks in the draft.

    Clowney's stock probably didn't go up or down based on his performance at the combine.

     

    Grade: A-

     

     

     

     

     

Bruce Ellington, WR

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    Bruce Ellington puts his pass-catching skills on display at the combine.
    Bruce Ellington puts his pass-catching skills on display at the combine.Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds

    Bench press: 15 reps

    Vertical jump: 39.5 inches

    Broad jump: 120 inches

    Three-cone drill: 6.69 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 3.95 seconds

    60-yard shuttle: 11.12 seconds

     

    Analysis

    Ellington definitely helped himself with his performance at the combine. The major question about the 5'9", 197-pound Ellington is his lack of size and whether he has the ability to go up and get the ball against defenders. He will get the chance to answer those questions in training camp, because his stock is definitely trending up towards being a fourth-round selection or better.

     

    Grade: B+

     

Victor Hampton, Cornerback

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    Victor Hampton has the swagger to be an NFL cornerback.
    Victor Hampton has the swagger to be an NFL cornerback.David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

    40-yard dash: 4.69 seconds

    Bench press: 20 reps

    Vertical jump: 33.5 inches

    Broad jump: 118 inches

     

    Analysis

    Hampton's numbers at the combine made a favorable impression, but questions about his character date back to his high school days. Hampton seemed to mature during his career at South Carolina, and he likely came out well during the interview process.

    At 5'9", 197 pounds, Hampton's projected to eventually play safety in the NFL. His stock is trending up.

     

    Grade: C+

     

Kelcy Quarles, DT

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    Kelcy Quarles shows off his agility.
    Kelcy Quarles shows off his agility.Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    40-yard dash: 5.03 seconds

    Bench press: 27 reps

    Vertical jump: 23.5 inches

    Broad jump: 102 inches

     

    Analysis

    Quarles turned in a respectable performance at the combine, but draft experts believe the 6'4, 297-pound tackle could have used another year of college football. Although Quarles' 9.5 sacks were second-best nationally among interior linemen, playing alongside defensive end Jadeveon Clowney definitely helped those numbers.

    Quarles' stock probably remains about the same after the combine.

     

    Grade: C+

     

Connor Shaw, QB

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    Connor Shaw shows off his arm at the NFL combine.
    Connor Shaw shows off his arm at the NFL combine.Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds

    Vertical jump: 34 inches

    Broad jump: 116 inches

    3-cone drill: 7.07 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.32 seconds

     

    Analysis

    Shaw was impressive at the combine, particularly with his accuracy and 40-yard dash time, but questions remain about his size (6'0", 206 lbs) and his arm strength. Character and work ethic are unquestioned assets.

    Shaw's stock is moving up. If he doesn't get drafted, he's almost certain to sign as a free agent.

     

    Grade: B

     

     

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