In February, Mel Kiper said Kelcy Quarles could be a second round pick in the NFL Draft. In April, that projection had lowered to rounds four-seven. Last week, Quarles went undrafted.
Why the slide for the 2013 All-American defensive tackle?
After you watch him during the year, then you study him a little closer, just wasnt impactful enough in terms for projecting forward as a pass rusher and thats what everybody wants, said Kiper, ESPNs draft analyst.
Quarles, who did not respond to a request for comment from The State this week, signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants after the draft and will join the team in its offseason workouts this week.
I didnt love his tape, but I thought he did enough things and was strong enough (to be drafted), ESPN analyst Todd McShay said. I still think if he can play with better pad level and more consistency, hes got a chance to make a team and contribute.
Quarles, a Greenwood native, led the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks last year playing beside Jadeveon Clowney, but NFL teams had concerns about his ability to generate pressure on the quarterback.
Thats why some of these kids did drop, Kiper said.