04/04/2014 - Week 5 Pro Day Takeaways: Clowney sails, Henderson bails...4. South Carolina Pro Day more than just Clowney...While all of the hype centered on superstar pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, several other former Gamecocks put forth strong workouts during Wednesday's workout. As a Combine snub, fellow pass rusher Chaz Sutton needed an impressive workout and sources on hand indicate that is precisely what he delivered. After measuring in at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Sutton was clocked in the mid 4.6s, recorded a 35.5" vertical jump and posted 27 reps on the bench press, similar numbers to the ones Clowney posted in Indianapolis. Like Clowney, Sutton was asked to participate in defensive line and linebacker drills, showing burst, balance and enough flexibility to intrigue scouts from 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike.
Athletic wideout Bruce Ellington (5-foot-9, 198) elected to stand on his Combine numbers but showed off his light feet and balance and natural hands during his positional workout. Ellington signed and starred as a freshman with South Carolina to play basketball so the development he's already shown as a route-runner had scouts buzzing. Quarterback Connor Shaw, cornerbacks Victor Hampton and Jimmy Legree and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles also worked out. Their efforts were characterized as "solid but not sensational." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/2014 - 2014 NFL COMBINE SNUB: Defensive End - Chaz Sutton, South Carolina...Rushing off the edge opposite Jadeveon Clowney, Sutton totaled the same number of sacks (three) in 2013 as the future 1st rounder. He needs to play more controlled and finish, but he has some intriguing tools to stop the run and disrupt the pocket - he just struggles to do it consistently. OTHER DE SNUBS: Walker May (Vanderbilt), Ben Gardner (Stanford), Denico Autry (Mississippi State) - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/06/2013 - Scouting the South Carolina run defense: A strength of the Gamecocks for several seasons and it continued against North Carolina. South Carolina limited the Tar Heels to 99 yards on 36 attempts for an average of 2.8 yards per attempt. Using a multitude of linemen on a hot night, South Carolina dominated the Tar Heel offensive line throughout the game which took a toll on the fast pace offensive attack UNC wanted to employ. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Chaz Sutton was a highly regarded high school prospect who signed with USC after de-committing from Florida. The senior, who has already graduated, has finally made the starting lineup following an outstanding junior campaign in which he garnered five sacks as a reserve. "There were certain times in my life when I wanted to make that jump or make that move to another university," said Sutton. "But, at the same time, I talked to my family and they said stick around, God has a plan for you. I stuck it out and things are turning out great for me now."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "(Jadeveon Clowney) is a great player, but I see myself as a great player too on this defense. We'll have to see what happens when the games start. Some teams might believe in the guy on the left side to block him all night. It might go bad or it might go well. You just never know what is going to happen." -- Senior defensive end Chaz Sutton on whether or not it will be easier for him with Clowney probably getting double- and triple-teamed on the opposite side of the defensive line. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - TOP SOUTH CAROLINA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. DE Chaz Sutton (6-3, 256, 4.82)...Clowney is the known commodity but South Carolina coaches are excited about the breakout potential Sutton offers in 2013. A highly versatile defender who earned snaps as a defensive tackle, defensive end and stand-up linebacker for the Gamecocks last year, Sutton recorded 25 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks as a junior, all career-highs. With Taylor now attempting to make the Detroit Lions' roster, Sutton is expected to take over his role as the starting defensive end opposite Clowney.
The attention Clowney is sure to receive should only help Sutton, whose best traits are his long arms and impressive closing speed. Sutton possesses only average initial burst off the snap but wastes little time with blockers, showing a quick rip and a strong lower body to bulldoze through opponents and into the pocket. He is frequently used on stunts, giving him some open lanes from which to attack. He's a bit stiff in his upper body, leading to some quicker ball-carriers being able to elude him in the open field. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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