Gamecocks at the 2024 NFL Combine guide

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The 2024 NFL Combine is underway in Indianapolis and five South Carolina Gamecocks have been invited to take part in it.

Those five Gamecocks are Spencer Rattler, Xavier Legette, Trey Knox, Nick Gargiulo and Marcellas Dial.

The combine officially kicked off on Monday Feb. 26 and will run through Monday March 4. Depending on your position, some players arrived in Indy yesterday, while others will make their way in later today and this week.

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Once a player arrives at the combine they attend an orientation before meeting with teams for interviews. Those began as early as Monday, but again, not every player is in town yet. From there, players will go through medical exams and meet with the media. As someone who has covered the event I can tell you it’s a circus, at times. It’s like a combination of SEC Media Days and covering the media availabilities during Super Bowl week. There’s just a lot of reporters and a lot of moving pieces around. Add in the fact that every Tom, Dick, and Harry has a podcast or a website these day and there’s even more people covering the event now than ever before.

It’s a long process for players and you have to be sure to keep your guard up. Never mind dealing with bozo reporters who are out to try to get a headline from a player, you’re also going to be asked questions from NFL teams and scouts behind closed doors. That as well as being in rooms where your agent and public relations team bring you around to show you off like you’re a new dog they bought. You’ll meet more people during those fews days than you have ever before in your life. And since you’re wearing one of those custom NFL Combine jumpsuits, you’ll attract attention anywhere you go.

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Player meetings with certain teams will vary based on who that player is and of course how interested a team is. That aside, field work will begin on Thursday on the NFL Network.

Thursday, Feb. 29: DL & LB – 3p.m.
Friday, March 1: DB & TE – 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: RB, QB, & WO – 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 3: OL & PK/ST – 1p.m.

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Spencer Rattler, QB

Riding high after an impressive showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Rattler’s stock has been on the rise. Still, he’s going up against a deep quarterback class. While his projection in most mock drafts is between the 3rd and 4th rounds, he’ll have a chance to continue to climb up by impressing scouts at the combine.

Xavier Legette, WR

A versatile wide out who has the size and speed to be a force at the next level, Legette saved his best for last in his final season at South Carolina. With the ability to lineup both out on the perimeter as well as in the slot, most mock drafts have Legette projected to be taken in the 2nd round.

Trey Knox, TE

A pass catching tight end who isn’t afraid to be physical in the run game, Knox has the speed of a wide receiver but the size of a tight end. That versatility should only help him raise his stock as he’s currently projected to be drafted in the 6th round.

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Nick Gargiulo, OL

Like a utility player in baseball, Gargiulo has proven he can do a little bit of everything throughout his college career. A standout left tackle at Yale, he played both guard and center for a banged up Gamecock offensive line and quickly became a leader. In what is considered a deep offensive line class, having the ability to play multiple positions should only help his stock as he’s currently projected to be drafted in the 7th round.

Marcellas Dial, CB

Playing in the East-West Shrine Bowl, Dial had an opportunity to work at cornerback and nickel. He also had a chance to play some safety and special teams. What helps his stock is his size. And I’m not talking about being listed at 6-0, 190 on a good day. I’m talking about his 6-foot-6 wingspan. Dial is projected to be drafted in the 6th or 7th round.

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