Buffalo Bills: 4 South Carolina prospects to target in 2021 NFL Draft
The last of the four South Carolina prospects on this list is offensive guard Sadarius Hutcherson. Outside of Jaycee Horn, Hutcherson might be the most realistic fit in the Buffalo Bills roster for 2021. As of right now, the Bills appear to be welcoming competition to both guard positions. Cody Ford has much to prove entering his third year in the league, and Jon Feliciano’s contract appears to be a glorified one year deal which suggests that the team is looking to improve at the position.
Hutcherson measured in at about 6’2″ and 321 pounds at South Carolina’s Pro Day. What’s so intriguing about Hutcherson is that he has starting experience at both guard and tackle. Not only does he have starting experience at guard and tackle, but this experience is against top end collegiate talent in the SEC.
Evidently shown by his 36 bench press reps of 225 pounds, Hutcherson is a really powerful dude, but more than that he is surprisingly athletic for his size. His athleticism was also put on display at South Carolina’s Pro Day. According to Kent Lee Plante, Hutcherson tested very well with a relative athletic score (RAS) of 9.76 out of 10 relative to offensive guards.
Without a swing tackle yet on the 2021 Buffalo Bills roster, Hutcherson could be a very valuable draft pick because he will be able to compete for a starting guard position. However, if he doesn’t start at guard he has the positional versatility to back up either offensive tackle position as well.
Hutcherson is currently projected as a day three pick, but after testing well at South Carolina’s Pro Day his draft stock could rise significantly. I could see the Buffalo Bills drafting Hutcherson on day two if they really like his game because of that positional versatility. However, there’s always a chance the current projection is accurate and he could slide down to the Bills in the 5th round.