South Carolina Gamecocks defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles didn’t need to wait long until after the NFL Draft ended to be signed as an undrafted free agent with a team in the league.
Moments after the draft ended, Quarles tweeted that he had been signed by the New York Giants:
Quarles might have been on the fringe of Gamecocks players that would go undrafted, but it’s good news either way for the 6’4″, 297-pounder from Hodges, SC. He was good for 27 tackles (13.5 for a loss, a team high) and a career-best 9.5 sacks, a total that put him first on the team.
Quarles joins starter Cullen Jenkins, as well as Johnathan Hankins, Mike Patterson and Markus Kuhn at DT for the Giants, who added Syracuse’s Jay Bromley in the 3rd round of the draft. Outside of Justin Tuck (11.0 sacks, now with the Oakland Raiders), the team’s pass rush struggled mightily, only picking up 34 sacks in all of 2013. They hope that adding the former Gamecock can help in some way, and we’ll be tracking his progress during camp in a few months to see if he can crack New York’s final lineup.