Roundup: Taylor, Holloman, Johnson drafted

GoGamecocks staff reportsApril 27, 2013 

Devin Taylor

GERRY MELENDEZ — The State

Defensive end Devin Taylor was taken in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, or 132nd overall, one pick after Marcus Lattimore was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers.

“One of our goals coming in was to get bigger and to get more athletic and I think Devin is a guy who actually does that for us,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told Lions.com after the selection. “We talked about that with our coaching staff. It’s about the length of some of our guys and those guys being able to make more plays.”

Linebacker DeVonte Holloman, who played safety and spur for the Gamecocks was taken in the sixth round, with the No. 185 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Holloman probably will have to make an impact on special teams before joining the Cowboys’ linebacker rotation.

Holloman on Twitter said: "Forever in debt to the Cowboys. Will wear the star proudly and work my butt off!"

Center T.J. Johnson was taken in the seventh round with the 251st overall selection by the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson anchored the Gamecocks' offensive line the last four years, starting every game of his USC career - a school-record 53 games.

Linebacker Damario Jeffery signed a free agent deal with the Carolina Panthers, and defensive tackle Byron Jerideau signed a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers following the conclusion of the draft, according to their Twitter accounts.

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