Six Gamecocks Selected in NFL Draft
April 28, 2012
The South Carolina Gamecocks had three players taken on Saturday on the final day of the NFL Draft, bringing the total to six Gamecocks selected in the 2012 draft.
On Saturday, senior offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins was taken with the 15th pick in the fifth round by the St. Louis Rams, the 150th pick overall. In the seventh round, senior safety Antonio Allen went to the New York Jets with the 35th pick in the round, number 242 overall, while senior defensive tackle Travian Robertson was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 42nd pick in the round, the 249th selection overall.
Watkins, a 6-4, 328-pounder from Fairburn, Ga., started all 27 games along the offensive line over the past two seasons for the Garnet & Black. He was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and was a second-team selection by the league's coaches as a senior. A versatile performer, he played both guard positions as a junior and both tackle spots along with one start at guard as a senior.
Allen, a 6-1, 206-pounder from Ocala, Fla., garnered second-team All-America and second-team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press in 2011. A Senior Bowl invite, Allen was the only player in the SEC to rank among the league's top 10 in tackles, fumbles forced and fumble recoveries in 2011. He was the team's leading tackler last season with 88 stops. He made 31 starts in his 40 career appearances for the Gamecocks, while totaling 198 career tackles, four interceptions, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Robertson, a 6-4, 300-pounder from Laurinburg, N.C., played in 56 games over five seasons for the Gamecocks, the second-most appearances in school history. He started all 13 games in 2011 and made 31 career starts. A senior captain, Robertson was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game following the season. He was credited with 123 career tackles, including 21.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.
Previously, junior cornerback Stephon Gilmore was selected with the 10th pick of the first round by the Buffalo Bills, while senior defensive end/outside linebacker Melvin Ingram was taken with the 18th pick in the first round by the San Diego Chargers. Junior wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, was selected with the 13th pick of the second round of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, the 45th player taken overall.