Sep 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (27) breaks up a pass to New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 52-28. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

University of South Carolina Gamecocks Rookies in the NFL: How They're Stacking Up

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks sent six players to the NFL last year by way of the draft. With the season nearing its end, here’s a look at how they’ve done so far this season.

The first SC player picked was Stephon Gilmore, who went 10th to the Buffalo Bills.

With 49 tackles so far this year, Gilmore ranks 11th among rookies in that stat, second among rookie corner backs, and fourth among rookie DBs. He’s not yet one of the 20+ rookies to record an interception this season and he doesn’t have a sack, but he has forced three fumbles. Right now, Gilmore has already established himself as Buffalo’s number one corner, and he’s 15th among all CBs in tackles.

The next Gamecock taken was Melvin Ingram. He went 18th to the San Diego Chargers.

Ingram hasn’t seen nearly as much time on the field as Gilmore has, but the former defensive linemen and current linebacker does have 24 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. He’s 30th among rookies in tackles and 23rd in sacks.

Next up is Alshon Jeffery, who went 45th to the Chicago Bears.

Despite an injury which kept him out of a few games this year, Jeffery is 14th in receptions and one of 10 rookie WRs to average more than 30 yards per game. Among those 10 players, he’s eighth with 33.2 yards receiving a game. He has also scored two touchdowns and has yet to fumble.

Rokevious Watkins went 150th to the Rams, but has yet to record a stat.

Antonio Allen, who many pegged as a third round guy, went 242nd to the Jets. Despite not making final cuts and being relegated to the practice squad, Allen stuck with it and made it back onto the squad. He has two tackles a sack and a fumble recovery.

Travian Robertson went 249th to the Falcons and was the final Gamecock drafted. He recorded his first tackle of the year against the Saints on Thursday.

 

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