South Carolina standout CB Cam Smith declares for 2023 NFL draft 7:23 PM ET Blake BaumgartnerESPN Staff Writer South Carolina junior cornerback Cam Smith , Mel Kiper Jr.'s No. 19 overall prospect for 2023, is declaring for the NFL draft. Smith announced the decision Friday on Twitter . "I will always be a Gamecock," he wrote. "I hope to continue to make Gamecock Nation proud throughout my career. I will forever miss running out of the tunnel on Saturdays with my brothers in front of 80,000 fans. I do know, though, it's time for me to move on to the next chapter in my life." The 6-foot, 188-pound Smith is the second-best available corner in the draft, according to Kiper's 2023 draft position rankings . Smith had 27 tackles (23 solo) with five passes defended and an interception for the Gamecocks (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in 2022. In 33 career games for South Carolina, he had 91 tackles (69 solo), 18 pass deflections and six interceptions. South Carolina ended the regular season with back-to-back victories over a pair of top-10 teams in Tennessee and Clemson .