The NFL Draft has concluded after three days, and before Saturday night ended, two area stars were selected by NFL teams, while two others signed free agent deals shortly thereafter.
Former West Florence Knight and Clemson Tiger standout Malliciah Goodman was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, with the 127th overall pick, in the fourth round. He played in 54 games in his Clemson career, recording 150 tackles, 12 sacks and causing eight fumbles.
South Carolina Gamecock and Aynor native T.J. Johnson had to wait a little bit longer, but the Cincinnati Bengals eventually gave him the call in the seventh round, with the 251st overall selection. Starting at center for USC, he has played in a school-record 53 games over his career in Columbia.
After the draft, two other Grand Strand natives signed free agent deals in order to have a shot at playing on Sundays. Former Carvers Bay Bear and Georgia defensive end Kwame Geathers signed with the San Diego Chargers, while Myrtle Beach Seahawk and Virginia Tech Hokie Bruce Taylor reached an agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Clemson kicker/punter and Myrtle Beach native Spencer
Benton also reached a free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys. His 61-yard
field goal his senior season against Ball State set a new Clemson and ACC
In total, 11 Gamecocks and Tigers were selected during the seven round event. Below are where the Tigers and Gamecocks were selected:
CLEMSON TIGERS DeAndre Hopkins, WR - 27th overall (1st round) - Houston Texans Malliciah Goodman, DE - 127th (4th round) - Atlanta Falcons Jonathan Meeks, S - 143rd (5th round) - Buffalo Bills Andre Ellington, RB - 187th (6th round) - Arizona Cardinals
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS D.J. Swearinger, S - 57th overall (2nd round) - Houston Texans Ace Sanders, WR/KR - 101st (4th round) - Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Lattimore, RB - 131st (4th round) - San Francisco 49ers Devin Taylor, DE - 132nd (4th round) - Detroit Lions DeVonte Holloman, LB - 185th (6th round) - Dallas Cowboys T.J. Johnson, C - 251st (7th round) - Cincinnati Bengals Justice Cunningham, TE - 254th (7th round; final pick in the draft) - Indianapolis Colts
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