A Few Former Gamecocks Making Big Noise As The NFL Draft Draws Near

This April will see most likely seven former Gamecocks in the 2020 NFL draft: Javon Kinlaw, Rico Dowdle, D.J Wonnum, Bryan Edwards, Tavien Feaster, Kyle Markway, and Joseph Charlton.

Three of the bigger names though that have been surfacing lately in the draft talk are Kinlaw, Dowdle, and Edwards.

Javon Kinlaw

Not much has to be said about this man and the impact he had on the team and also the impact that he has had on the scouts in this off-season.

Rated as a 6.7 on his NFL draft profile, Kinlaw looks to be a viable starter that will instantly help on any defense he plays for.

Early reports show him to go as high number seven in the draft. One of the projected landing spots for Kinlaw is the Panthers, which would be great to have him stick around the Carolinas.

Rico Dowdle

Another big name that we all saw grow into a premier player for the Gamecocks, Dowdle has been invited to the NFL combine to showcase his talents.

Lauded for his size, speed and abilities to cut and make defenders miss for some added yardage, Dowdle should have a big combine day. 

His draft profile does carry some weaknesses that he will need to improve on quickly to get into a bigger playing role.

His rating currently puts him at a developmental player and not quite yet a starter, but I feel this combine workout will show his true side and carry him higher.

Bryan Edwards

Edwards needs no recap on just how big he was for the team, the man who caught some unbelievable passes and seemed to be Mr Reliable always in tough spots.

Edwards was sidelined for a knee injury at the end of the season unfortunately and wasn’t able to pad his numbers. Even with the injury, Bryan has already proven his worth and has been pegged early on as a potential starter at the next level.

His battling through games and toughness is what has seen his stock rise the past couple weeks, giving him the eight best WR spot thus far in the upcoming draft.

As the weeks go on leading up to the 2020 draft, more information will start to emerge for the rest of these potential draft picks and will give us more insight on where they possibly may land.

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