Four Gamecocks invited to NFL Combine

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Four members of the Gamecock football team have officially been invited to this year’s NFL Combine.

Linebacker Skai Moore, cornerback Jamarcus King, tight end Hayden Hurst and defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth all received invited on Monday.

The Scouting Combine will be held in Indianapolis from February 27-March 5. Players will work out and meet with teams leading up to April’s draft in Dallas.

Tight end Hayden Hurst is projected to be the top Gamecock selected in the Draft, going in the second round.

According to NFL.com:

STRENGTHS

Good combination of size and quickness. Moved all over field. Rabid and rowdy in his play. Quick release into routes. Athletic with above-average play speed for the position. Willing and capable pass catcher on all three levels. Has the feet and acceleration to burst open from breaks. Separates from garden-variety linebackers in coverage. Instant opener when sinking into zone holes. Hands are sticky and ball focus is elite. Had one drop against 100 career catches. Reliable inside the hash marks. Makes subtle moves to shield catch-point from linebackers. Secures through contact. Runs with power and balance after the catch. Will seek out collisions rather than running out of bounds. Has frame and grit to improve as in-line blocker. Capable move blocker able to adjust to targets.

WEAKNESSES

Will be a 25-year-old rookie when next season starts. Appears to be giving route clues to defenders at times. Doesn’t manipulate defender often enough from breaks and stems. Out-breaking routes have been getting jumped for two consecutive seasons. Had safeties run his routes on various occasions. Will need work as in-line blocker. Hands fly out wide into first contact. Can improve his play strength at point of attack if he gets his hand placement right. Ducks head into contact. Won’t always look to improve positioning with quality footwork after contact.

Skai Moore is a projected seventh round pick; King and Stallworth are not expected to be drafted.

 

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