Even though the 2021 season hasn’t started yet, it’s never too late to look ahead to the 2022 NFL Draft. South Carolina had a solid 2021 draft with their fifth highest ever pick in Jaycee Horn.
The Gamecocks always have a solid draft class no matter how many wins they have. With the new season approaching, let’s take a look at which Gamecocks will likely declare for the draft after this year.
Enagbare will be the best defensive player for the Gamecocks this year. He is a disruptive pass rusher who also is great at forcing turnovers.
He finished last year with 16 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles. Most mock drafts have him going in the late first round, but he has a chance to increase his stock further this year.
He had a great year last year despite it being an off year for the whole team, so I can’t wait to see what he does this fall.
Although it feels like Kevin Harris’ career is just beginning, he is already a Junior. I would say the chances of him declaring this year are somewhat low due to his current draft ranking, but if he has another incredible year he could declare after this year.
After putting up over 1,000 yards last year and 15 touchdowns, Harris will be a household name in the SEC. With South Carolina relying heavily on the run game this year, it will be hard to see Harris posting less than 1,000 rushing yards.
He’s not projected to declare after this year, but with a good enough season, he may be gone.
This may come as a surprise pick, but I think Nick Muse has a shot to increase his draft stock this year. He had 30 receptions for 425 yards and a touchdown last year, but his season was cut short due to injury.
If South Carolina decides to go with an RPO offense this year, Muse could be a key piece of the offense. It also helps that South Carolina has a good history of producing NFL tight ends. He only has one year of eligibility left, but he’s also one of the top pass catchers on the team.
He most likely won’t be a first round pick, but he can move up into the middle rounds and help out an NFL team immediately.
This might not be the best year for draft candidates, but South Carolina always has one or two breakout players a season who just shoots up the draft boards.
Players like Dylan Wonnum and Zacch Pickens are other candidates, but these are the three who I think will have the highest stock this year.