South Carolina Football: Complete NFL Combine Grades for Former Stars

Charles Bennett@Charlie Bennett @Charlie73743721Contributor IFebruary 25, 2014

South Carolina Football: Complete NFL Combine Grades for Former Stars

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    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.


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Jadeveon Clowney, DE

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    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



    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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    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



    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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    40-yard dash: 4.69 seconds

    Bench press: 20 reps

    Vertical jump: 33.5 inches

    Broad jump: 118 inches



    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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    40-yard dash: 5.03 seconds

    Bench press: 27 reps

    Vertical jump: 23.5 inches

    Broad jump: 102 inches



    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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    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



    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