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March 30, 2011

Pro day at South Carolina

COLUMBIA – The Panthers were not checking out any potential prospects for the No. 1 pick Wednesday at South Carolina's pro day, but were represented just the same.

Panthers college scout Jeff Beathard was in attendance at the Gamecocks' indoor facility after heavy rains moved the proceedings from Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Panthers have taken a South Carolina player in each of the last two drafts – cornerback Captain Munnerlyn in the seventh round in 2009 and linebacker/defensive end Eric Norwood in the fourth round last year.

Left guard Travelle Wharton, another South Carolina player, went to the Panthers in the third round in 2004.

The Gamecocks' most intriguing prospects this year appear to be on the defensive side.

CB Chris Culliver had an up-and-down college career, but is fast and also has return skills.

DE Cliff Matthews drew a lot of scouts – the Lions' Jim Schwartz was the only head coach in Columbia – for his position drills. The scouts also had Matthews run routes and catch passes at tight end, a position he played in high school.

Let's just say Matthews likely will be sticking with defense.

There was a curiosity factor with another tight end. Weslye Saunders, who pulled out of the combine with a broken bone in his foot, put off surgery until Friday so he could work out.

Saunders looked to be a step slower with the injury, but he showed off the soft hands that had him ranked among the top TE prospects this year before the NCAA ruled him ineligible as a result of the agent scandal that also took down several of North Carolina's top players.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 30, 2011 at 02:42 PM | Permalink

Comments

I think I saw kris jenkins in charlotte today?

Posted by: joe cool | Mar 30, 2011 5:47:43 PM

Hes coming back to Carolina ha ha ha

Posted by: Tell it like it is | Mar 30, 2011 7:31:34 PM

Carolina Panther's Director of College Scouting, Don Gregory, will soon be replaced by Wofford's very own Ryan Cowden according to sources close to the organization.

Posted by: George | Mar 30, 2011 9:47:37 PM

Culliver is dumb as a brick, but he can run like the wind blows. A good 6 or 7 rounder.

Cliff Matthews is injury prone

Posted by: Holla | Mar 31, 2011 9:20:48 AM

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