Jerell Adams fell to the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and blamed lousy quarterback play at South Carolina last season for his sluggish development.
Adams sold out his quarterbacks during a media appearance after being selected by the New York Giants with the 184th pick.
“Honestly, I didn’t have the progress yet that I wanted at South Carolina because of the quarterback situation,” Adams said according to The Charleston Post and Courier’s David Caraviello.
There’s no doubt Adams might have a gripe. The Gamecocks started three different quarterbacks throughout a miserable 3-9 campaign. Perry Orth, Lorenzo Nunez and Connor Mitch all saw significant playing time at different points in the season. Orth was the team’s leading passer with 1,929 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Adams was second on the team in receiving and caught 28 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns last season. Perhaps his lackluster production had a role in his draft day decline.
South Carolina’s quarterback situation hasn’t gotten any clearer since Adams left. First-year head coach Will Muschamp is still searching for the solution at the game’s most important position.