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NC State redshirt junior Jacoby Brissett "has a lot of Ben Roethlisberger to his game in terms of his poise, pocket presence and how difficult he is for defenders to bring down," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He needs to be quicker in getting from one progression to the next, but I think he sees the entire field well and has good vision as a runner," McShay wrote. The analyst reported that 11 NFL teams scouted Saturday's game against Florida State. Brissett starred in a losing effort, going 32-for-48 for 359 yards and three touchdowns. "He's just a junior and is still a work in progress, but I think he has the physical tools to one day develop into an NFL QB," McShay wrote. "His TD pass in the first half, in which he nearly had his helmet ripped off and then warded off another sack attempt along the right sideline, was one of the more impressive individual efforts I've seen in a long time."
Sep 30 - 10:55 PM

NC State redshirt junior Jacoby Brissett completed 28 of 40 attempts for 291 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the school's 24-23 win over Georgia Southern.

He added 28 rushing yards. Brissett transferred to NC State from Florida last year, and this was his first start after sitting out a season. His lone interception occurred on a third down after retreating against pressure and overthrowing a receiver along the sideline. Brissett did show a lot of touch on two throws later in the game, however.
Aug 30 - 5:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes NC State redshirt senior T Rob Crisp has an NFL future if he can prove his health.

At 6-foot-7, 300 pounds with athleticism, Crisp possesses every tool the NFL looks for in a tackle -- except for a clean bill of health. "In many ways offensive tackle Rob Crisp has had his future possibilities halted by injury," Pauline wrote. "Prior to the start of the 2013 campaign I rated the left tackle as a potential third/fourth round pick before his season was ended by a concussion and that was after missing most of the 2012 campaign with back issues. Crisp has the talent to play at the next level but durability is a big question mark." Crisp missed five games in 2012 due to a lower back injury, and was knocked out for the year with a concussion in the second game of last season.
Aug 19 - 6:19 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline "generously stamped" North Carolina State redshirt junior cornerback Justin Burris with a fourth-round grade.

"I generously stamped cornerback Justin Burris with a fourth round grade based on the flashes he showed and the future possibilities I saw," Pauline wrote. "He plays with toughness and solid ball skills." The Wolfpack's starting right corner ranked sixth on the team in tackles last year. At 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, Burris has prototypical NFL size, making him easy to project to the next level.
Aug 19 - 4:56 PM

NC State junior LB M.J. Salahuddin will miss multiple weeks due to knee surgery.

Head coach Dave Doeren did not rule out Salahuddin returning this season, but did mention the linebacker has not used his redshirt year since joining NC State. The junior was expected to start at middle linebacker in 2014.
Aug 12 - 11:43 AM

NC State junior RB Shadrach Thornton has been reinstated after being suspended for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The suspension began last December. Thornton was the team's leading rusher in 2013, posting 768 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The Wolfpack have struggled the last few seasons but are looking to rebound with a new quarterback.
Aug 7 - 12:15 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren said QB transfer Jacoby Brissett was the team's best leader last season, despite the fact he was not eligible to play.

Brissett transferred out of Florida as a junior after it became clear Jeff Driskel would be the current and future starter for the Gators. Brissett, now as a redshirt junior, will be the Wolfpack's starting quarterback this season.
Jul 29 - 1:12 PM

North Carolina State senior K Niklas Sade must take his game to another level in 2014 if he is to draw a draft selection, observes Derek Stephens of CBS Sports.

Sade was one of the most improved kickers in the nation last year, spiking his field goal percentage from .565 (13-23) in 2012 to .826 (19-23). That field goal total was the second highest in NCSU history. However, the 38-game starter must show additional improvement to hear his name called next spring. "Has a career long distance of 50 yards, and will need to demonstrate better leg strength in addition to continued accuracy as a senior if he's going to draw a draft selection next year," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 11:28 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes NC State redshirt senior T Rob Crisp could draw "significant draft consideration" if he's able to stay healthy.

Crisp has everything the NFL looks for, except for a clean bill of health. He's huge -- 6-foot-7, 300 pounds -- and athletic, and "has demonstrated quickness, strength and agility that NFL scouts look for," according to Stephens. Crisp missed five games in 2012 due to a lower back injury, and was knocked out for the year with a concussion in the second game of last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 10:42 PM

North Carolina State senior DT Thomas Teal "could draw mid-to-late round consideration if he can continue making plays behind the line of scrimmage," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The second-team preseason All-ACC Phil Steele selection logged 11 tackles for loss and three sacks as a junior. "Though he lacks elite burst off the snap, Teal routinely gets his hands inside his opponent and displays a strong punch and rip to disengage consistently," Stephens wrote. "Moving laterally, Teal isn't a quick-twitch athlete but he's flexible enough to stay balanced when changing direction and once he gets up to speed exhibits nice acceleration in a straight line. As a pass-rusher, Teal's best asset is the natural power he generates from his lower half, as he's routinely able to force blockers to backpedal, and utilizes those strong, active hands to disengage and close on the pocket." The analyst adds that Teal possesses the versatility to handle the outside in three-lineman sets, and the power to line up over center and handle two gaps.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 10:12 PM

NC State junior QB Jacoby Brissett was one of 76 players named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list.

You're well acquainted with the headliners of the list: Florida State QB Jameis Winston (Alabama's AJ McCarron upset the Heisman winner in Maxwell voting last year), Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, Georgia RB Todd Gurley and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon. Also on the list are two transfer QBs who have never taken a snap for their new teams: Brissett and Alabama's Jacob Coker. Brissett sat out last season after coming over from Florida. Brissett is a pro-style QB with a big arm who has impressed Wolfpack coaches in practice.
Jul 7 - 2:58 PM

49ers selected North Carolina State CB Dontae Johnson with the No. 129 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Johnson (6-foot-2, 200) spent time at safety, slot, outside corner, and even linebacker during his college career, making 28 starts. He ran 4.45 at the Combine with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Johnson was exposed by quick-twitch receivers in the ACC, but boasts an intriguing size-athleticism combination and outstanding versatility. His college position coach, Dave Doeren, coached Aqib Talib at Kansas and likened Johnson's skill set to the Broncos' $57 million corner. Johnson is a sleeper to develop into a starting press corner or safety.
May 10 - 2:30 PM's Adam Caplan reports that NC State DB Dontae Johnson had a pre-draft visit with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 6-foot 2, 200 pound Johnson is one of the bigger corners in this years draft and fits the mold of the kind of player Chip Kelly is looking for. With big corners being coveted by teams lately, Johnson is a CB prospect that can be had in the later rounds of the draft. It doesn't hurt, that Johnson also played safety in college, which could add some value to his plate with that kind of versatility.
Apr 28 - 2:57 PM

NC State DB Dontae Johnson reminds Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren of Broncos CB Aqib Talib.

Doeren coached Talib in college at Kansas. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Johnson is physically similar to Talib (6-foot-1, 205 pounds), though he projects as a middle-round pick, while Talib went in the first. "I don't think there's ever been a moment in football's history where people wouldn't say they'd like to have big corners," Doeren said. "Just the fact that there were a couple that got famous this year probably helps them. But I know all defensive back coaches feel the same way. You're trying to stop tall receivers with short guys, and sometimes it's difficult. Having that additional length out there can help you make a few more plays." Johnson's 11.06 second 60-yard shuttle was the best amongst CBs in Indianapolis last month.
Mar 25 - 7:21 PM

North Carolina State DE Darryl Cato-Bishop could not lift at Monday's pro day due to a shoulder injury.

The non-serious ailment didn't prevent him from completing other drills. Cato-Bishop ran 4.97 and 4.94 second forties. He also had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-1 broad jump, a 4.69 second short shuttle, and a 7.48 second three-cone drill.'s Gil Brandt believes Cato-Bishop will be a late-round (sixth or seventh round) draft choice.
Mar 24 - 10:14 PM

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