Trent Baalke invested first round picks in safeties Eric Reid and Jimmie Ward, so why another one with Jaquiski Tartt at No. 46 overall? Tartt, however, could make the most immediate impact for a rookie class that appears largely designed to build for 2016 and beyond.
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is firmly at the controls of the team following the split with coach Jim Harbaugh. The first rookie class for new coach Jim Tonsula is ready to take the field for rookie minicamp, as NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney offers this offseason reset.
While South Carolina lacks a headlining prospect this year like Jadeveon Clowney, there is plenty of talent developing in Columbia, including possible top 100 selections in 2015 in guard A.J. Cann and running back Mike Davis.
Scouts are wary of hailed improvements and once-in-a-lifetime performances at on-campus pro days, and you should be too. NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney breaks down how teams dissect pro day numbers.
Sometimes too much is made by the performances of prospects during bowl season, as if that one game means more than any in the regular season. But bowl games present a unique opportunity to evaluate prospects in an unfamiliar setting against a formidable opponent.
Despite losing Jadeveon Clowney (and Kelcy Quarles) early to the NFL, the Gamecocks remain quite talented along the line of scrimmage and feature a new big man on campus in junior running back Mike Davis.