COLUMBIA, S.C. — Shawn Elliott held many roles in his seven seasons at South Carolina before accepting the head coaching job at Georgia State last week, but he primarily worked with the offensive line.
Here is a look at the offensive linemen drafted during Elliott’s tenure with the Gamecocks.
Brandon Shell – New York Jets
Shell was the Jets’ fifth-round pick in 2016, going No. 158 overall. He was the third offensive lineman drafted in two years. He has played in five games as a rookie with the Jets.
A.J. Cann – Jacksonville Jaguars
Cann was the Jaguars’ third-round pick in 2015, going No. 67 overall. The highest draft pick in Elliott’s tenure, he has been a consistent presence in the Jacksonville starting lineup in the past two seasons.
Cann, a Bamberg, S.C., product, started 12 games at right guard in his rookie season after cracking the lineup in Week 4. He has started in all 13 games in 2016.
He was a first-team All-SEC pick by the coaches in 2014 and a second-team pick by the AP.
Corey Robinson – Detroit Lions
Robinson was the Lions’ seventh-round pick in 2015, going No. 240 overall. He made the Lions roster as a final-round pick, but played in just one game as a rookie and was inactive for most of the season last year.
Robinson has carved out a better role in his second season, starting two games and playing in 11 as a reserve offensive tackle.
T.J. Johnson – Cincinnati Bengals
Johnson was a seventh-round pick by the Bengals in 2013, going No. 251 overall. A second-team All-SEC pick by the coaches in 2012, he almost didn’t catch on with the Bengals. He was released and added to the practice squad in 2013.
Johnson has been a consistent member of the roster since, making his debut in 2014 and playing in 12 games in 2015. He has played in every game in 2016 as a backup center.
Rokevious Watkins – Los Angeles Rams
Watkins was the Rams’ fifth-round pick in 2012, going No. 150 overall. He was Elliott’s first NFL draft pick, selected by the then-St. Louis Rams. He played in one game with the Rams in 2012 before he was released. He later was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Watkins, a Fairburn, Ga., native, was a first-team All-SEC pick by The Associated Press as a senior and earned second-team honors from the coaches.