Pharoh Cooper was the first Gamecock to hear his name called. The 5-11, 205-pound junior from Havelock, N.C., went to the Los Angeles Rams with the 19th pick in the fourth round, the 117th player selected overall.
Cooper earned first-team All-SEC honors by the league’s coaches as both a wide receiver and as an all-purpose back in 2015, while the Associated Press placed him on the first-team at wide receiver and the second-team as an all-purpose back. He was the Gamecocks’ top receiver with 66 catches for 973 yards, ranking second in the league with 81.1 receiving yards and fifth with 5.5 catches per game.
A team captain, Cooper caught 35 percent of the team’s passes for 39 percent of the yards thrown, while his 66 receptions were more than the rest of Carolina’s wide receivers combined total of 56. He also led the team with eight receiving touchdowns and with nine touchdowns overall. He was a first-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore in 2014 when he ranked third in the SEC in receptions (69), second in receiving yards (1,136) and receiving yards per game (87.4), fourth in receptions per game (5.3) and ninth in all-purpose yards/game (108.5). He logged 513 rushing yards, 118 passing yards, 2,163 receiving yards, 359 kickoff return yards and 172 punt return yards in his 36-game collegiate career that included 25 starts over a three-year span. He ranks eighth in career receiving yards and sixth in career touchdown receptions (16) at South Carolina.
The former Gamecock will catch passes from #1 overall pick Jared Goff who went first in the NFL Draft Thursday night.