South Carolina football: Gamecocks wide receivers listed among top draft prospects

Two wide receivers on the South Carolina football team are listed among the top 2019 draft prospects at the position, according to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report.

Deebo Samuel, a redshirt senior, checks in as the No. 4-ranked wide receiver on Miller’s list. Bryan Edwards, who has started every game as a freshman and sophomore, is No. 9. Neither is listed among the top 25 overall prospects.

Both, however, could be in store for big seasons in 2018.

Samuel, who already has been projected by some as a first-round selection in early mock drafts, scored 6 touchdowns in three games before his 2017 season was cut short.

In 2016, Samuel had 59 catches for 783 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns over 10 games. He was also third among SEC pass catchers with 5.9 receptions per game.

Samuel caught 12 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in five games as a redshirt freshman. Most of that production was in the season finale against Clemson: 5 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Edwards has 108 receptions for 1,383 yards and 9 touchdowns over 25 career games. His 108 catches are good enough for 13th-most in school history.

With 10 more grabs, Edwards will vault past running backs Brandon Bennett, Stanley Pritchett and Cory Boyd to move inside the top 10.

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