Gamecocks, Tigers Head To NFL

Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- On the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft, a number of former USC Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers found themselves heading to NFL teams around the country.

Former USC quarterback Connor Shaw was brought on as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns. Shaw will be joining former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel next week at rookie mini camp. Shaw's former teammate on the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles also signed Saturday as a free agent. Quarles will be joining the New York Giants as they attempt t bolster their struggling pass rush. One of Kelcy's old teammates on that Gamecock defensive line, defensive end Chaz Sutton, will also make the move to the pros. Sutton signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Bucanneers. Former USC defensive back Jimmy Legree signed a free agent deal with the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Former Clemson Tigers offensive lineman Brandon Thomas and wide receiver Martavis Bryant were selected in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. Thomas was drafted by San Francisco 49ers with the 100th pick of the draft. His rookie season will likely be considered as a "redshirt" year as he is recovering from tearing his ACL nearly a month ago. Bryant was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers as they look to replenish their receiving core. The six-foot-four Bryant will likely play a similar role Plaxico Burress played for the Steelers before he left in 2005. Even with playing beside first round selection Sammy Watkins, Bryant managed to average nearly 20 yards per catch.


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