Mason Zandi inks deal with Chargers after no Gamecocks selected in NFL draft
COLUMBIA — No South Carolina players were selected in the NFL draft this weekend, but at least one is headed to a training camp.
Offensive lineman Mason Zandi tweeted that he had signed a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Chargers. The 6-9, 315-pound Chapin native started all 13 games for the Gamecocks at left tackle last season.
It was the first draft without any South Carolina players selected since 2001. According to USA Today, the Gamecocks were one of 11 power-five programs without a player taken, joining Virginia, Duke, Syracuse, Iowa State, Kansas, Maryland, Rutgers, Oregon, Arizona and Kentucky.
USC’s top prospect was defensive lineman Darius English, who led the Gamecocks and finished fifth in the SEC last season with seven sacks, but was not invited to the NFL combine.