NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles
|04.20.14 at 9:08 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Defensive tackle
School: South Carolina
Weight: 297 pounds
Achievements: 2013 first-team All American (Sporting News), 2013 second-team All American (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Lindy’s Sports, Athlon), unanimous 2013 first-team All-SEC selection
What he brings: Quarles has good size for his position, and, according to scouts, he also has the strength and quickness necessary to surprise potential blockers. Scouts also point out, though, that Quarles’ production was inflated because of extra attention paid to his teammate, Jadeveon Clowney.
Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3
Notes: During the 2013 season, Quarles was one of South Carolina’s four permanent captains and led the team with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. … After graduating from Greenwood High School in 2010, Quarles went to prep school at Fork Union Military Academy, where Rivals.com ranked him the third-best prep school player in the nation. Quarles originally signed with South Carolina in February of 2010 before he attended prep school. … His father, Buddy Quarles, played on the offensive line for the Gamecocks from 1984-87.
USA Today: Teammate tires of attention toward Jadeveon Clowney
The Post and Courier: Gamecocks DT Kelcy Quarles credits success to ‘man-to-man talk’ with position coach
Video: Here is a video compiled by South Carolina highlighting Quarles career as a Gamecock