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3 Gamecocks Drafted On Saturday

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The St. Louis Rams selected offensive guard Rokevious Watkins of South Carolina with their pick in the fifth round. 

The Rams got the 152nd pick in the draft in their Thursday trade with Dallas that allowed the Cowboys to take the Rams' No. 6 slot in the first round while St. Louis dropped down to No. 14. 

The 6-foot-4, 340-pound Watkins is versatile. He can play inside and outside on the offensive line. Watkins played both guard positions in his junior year at South Carolina. As a senior, Watkins played both tackle positions and one game as a guard. He started 27 games the past two seasons. 

Watkins was medically excluded from the NFL combine with a right wrist injury.

 

The New York Jets have selected South Carolina safety Antonio Allen in the seventh round of the NFL draft. 

Allen, taken 242nd overall on Saturday, is the second safety taken by the Jets on the draft's third day. They also took Wake Forest's Josh Bush in the sixth round. They'll both help fill one of New York's biggest needs as the Jets entered the draft with just two players - LaRon Landry and Eric Smith - with experience at the position. 

Allen is a big-hitting safety who played effectively in zone coverage and inside as a run stuffer. He had 88 tackles, three interceptions and a sack in his senior season with the Gamecocks.

 

The Atlanta Falcons have selected South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson late in the seventh round of the NFL draft. 

Robertson, a compensatory pick, was the 242nd player chosen overall and sixth taken by the Falcons. 

He will compete with Peria Jerry and Vance Walker for snaps behind starting defensive tackles Jonathan Babineaux and Corey Peters. 

Robertson was the third defensive player drafted Saturday by the Falcons, who chose Troy pass rusher Jonathan Massaquoi in the fifth round and Mississippi State strong safety Charles Mitchell in the middle of the sixth. 

Robertson, a fifth-year senior, helped South Carolina win 11 games last season for the first time in school history. 

In a victory over Nebraska at the Capital One Bowl, Robertson's blocked extra-point attempt resulted in a 2-point defensive PAT. 

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