Smith Selected by Carolina in the Sixth Round of the 2021 NFL Draft

Smith Selected by Carolina in the Sixth Round of the 2021 NFL Draft
South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Shi Smith (13) sprints for a touchdown on a 75 yard pass play, the first play from scrimmage, during the first quarter of the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tennessee Volunteers college football game in Knoxville, Tennessee October 26, 2019. Photo Harrison McClary/Sideline Carolina (Source: Harrison McClary)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - University of South Carolina senior wide receiver Shi Smith was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 20th pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. He was the 204th pick overall in the 2021 draft.

At South Carolina’s Pro Day, the Union, S.C. native measured in at 5-9 1/2 and 186 pounds. He posted a 36-inch vertical leap, broad jumped 10-3 and ran a 4.43 hand-held timed 40-yard dash.

Smith becomes the third Gamecock selected in the 2021 NFL Draft and the second taken by the Panthers, joining first-round pick cornerback Jaycee Horn in Charlotte. Linebacker Ernest Jones was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round.

This marks the third-straight year in which South Carolina has had a wide receiver selected in the draft. Deebo Samuel was a second-round selection by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2019 draft, while Bryan Edwards went to the Las Vegas Raiders in the third round of the 2020 draft.

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