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NFL Draft Roundup: Wonnum, Brunson picked; undrafted Gamecocks sign

Pretty busy day for former South Carolina football players.

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The NFL Draft wrapped up on Saturday with two more South Carolina Gamecocks coming off the board, and a handful of others getting picked up as undrafted free agents.

The Minnesota Vikings made defensive end D.J. Wonnum their fourth-round choice, picking him 117th overall. The second-team All-SEC performer finished his career with 137 tackles, including 29.5 for loss (tied for ninth all-time) and 14 sacks. He’ll also likely be remembered for his crucial blocked field goal in the Gamecocks’ upset of No. 1 Georgia last season.

Linebacker T.J. Brunson was the next and final Gamecock to be chosen, going 238th overall in the seventh round to the New York Giants. Brunson was a stalwart on the Gamecocks’ defense in his four-year career, compiling 238 tackles (164 solo), which includes 21 tackles for loss and six sacks, and recovered four fumbles.

For the first time since 2013, the Gamecocks had three or more defensive players drafted.

In addition to the above picks, South Carolina saw a batch of players sign as undrafted free agents:

  • Running back Rico Dowdle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Running back Tavien Feaster (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Tight end Kyle Markway (New York Giants)
  • Linebacker Kobe Smith (Tennessee Titants)
  • Offensive lineman Donell Stanley (Miami Dolphins)

Big congrats to all of these former Gamecocks as they start the professional chapter of their careers.