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The Draft Network's Joe Marino believes NC State redshirt senior QB Ryan Finley is a "maxed out prospect that can be an NFL backup."

Marino has been extremely confused when seeing Finley mocked in the first round as he believes Finlay is "just too limited physically, his accuracy beyond 10 yards is lacking, his trigger can be slow and he’s going to be 24 in December after 6 seasons in college." Speaking to his lack of physicality, Finley lacks arm strength and was unable to throw a 55-yard hail mary into the end zone in Thursday's loss to Wake Forest. Finley will likely be a late-round pick for a team that likes his short-range accuracy and gaudy collegiate counting stats.
Nov 11 - 11:27 AM

NC State junior WR Kelvin Harmon snagged 15 receptions for 134 yards in a 27-23 loss to Wake Forest on Thursday.

Another huge reception day for Harmon (6'3/214), who walked with seniors on Thursday night; which may be a clue as to whether or not he's going to join the NFL ranks next year. It's the second time in three games that Harmon has reached double digits, and while his long was "only" 18, he was responsible for keeping several drives going. Another big game is very likely next Saturday for Harmon against Louisville.
Nov 8 - 11:09 PM

NC State redshirt senior QB Ryan Finley completed 35-of-52 passes for 374 yards with a touchdown and interception while running for a score in a 27-23 loss to Wake Forest on Thursday.

Finley really struggled to start this one, although his wideouts didn't help much; there were several catchable passes that ended up on the grass. He and the offense picked things up as the game progresses, and he showed the accuracy and pocket presence that make him a potential (relatively) early selection this spring. It just wasn't enough, and the Wolfpack are likely no longer in "big bowl" consideration. They'll try to rebound next Saturday against lowly Louisville.
Nov 8 - 11:02 PM

The Wolfpacker reports that NC State junior WR Kelvin Harmon will walk with seniors on Thursday before their game against Wake Forest.

They also report that Harmon (6'3/214) has not yet made a decision as to whether or not he'll give up his final season of eligibility. Kinda sounds like he has, however. The wideout has been excellent in 2018 with a line of 50/813/5, and he's considered among the top possession wideouts in the draft. We won't know for sure for months, but there's a real good chance Harmon's time with the Wolfpack will run out at the end of 2018.
Nov 7 - 5:01 PM

NC State redshirt senior DE Deonte Holden has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Holden (6'4/247) redshirted his first year with the program in 2014, then proceeded to miss the entirety of the 2015 campaign after breaking his foot during August camp. The former three-star recruit would be waylaid by that injury well into the 2016 season, taking the field in just one game that year. For the current season, he has been a healthy contributor, registering 10 tackles (5.5 for loss) while appearing in eight contests.
Nov 6 - 5:18 PM

NC State senior RB Reggie Gallaspy II rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries in Saturday's 47-28 win over Florida State.

NC State has been an abysmal running team for the most part this season, but nice (if modest) work from Gallaspy on Saturday. This was the 5-foot-11, 235-pound senior's second 100-yard game of the campaign. It wasn't all fun and games, though. He had scored at least one touchdown in all seven of his previous contests before failing to find pay dirt against the Seminoles.
Nov 3 - 8:06 PM

NC State senior QB Ryan Finley completed 21-of-27 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 47-28 win over Florida State.

Finley (6'4/212) and the Wolfpack snapped a two-game losing streak with their emphatic victory on Saturday. The senior signal-caller tossed touchdowns in each of the final three quarters to help keep NC State out in front. In eight games this season, Finley has thrown for 2,490 yards with a 16/6 TD/INT ratio. He figures to be able to do work against a questionable Wake Forest pass defense in Week 11 (that will be a Thursday kick).
Nov 3 - 8:01 PM

NC State senior DT Eurndraus Bryant (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's game against Florida State.

The Wolfpack will be without two defensive tackles for Saturday's game, as in addition to Bryant they'll also be without injured redshirt sophomore Shug Frazier. Bryant started each of NC State's first seven games, accounting for 18 total tackles, three tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks.
Nov 3 - 3:36 PM

NC State Dave Doeren confirmed that redshirt senior WR Stephen Louis will miss the remainder of the season with a severe high-ankle sprain.

Louis has been dinged up with injuries all year. Now, he's been shut down. The high-ankle sprain occurred a few weeks ago in the Clemson game. Doeren says the receiver should be fully recovered in January or February. At that time, his eligibility will have exhausted, but Doeren says the program will look into applying for a medical hardship waiver that could potentially extend Louis' career by a year. That's typically been a hit-and-miss proposition with the NCAA, so stay tuned.
Oct 30 - 2:08 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang lists NC State junior WR Kelvin Harmon as the top riser from Week 9 after his performance on Saturday against Syracuse.

Harmon (6'3/214) was an absolute monster against the Orange -- albeit in a losing effort -- catching 11 passes for 247 yards with two scores. The junior was productive in 2017 with a thousand-yard season, but he's really taken things to another level in 2018. "Harmon’s final draft grade could hinge on how he runs for the stop-watch," writes Rang, "but his physicality and body control are undeniable."
Oct 29 - 4:29 PM

NC State senior QB Ryan Finley completed 26-of-44 passes for 473 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 51-41 loss to Syracuse.

Finley (6'4/212) played very, very well, but it took a little while for the NC State offense to get on track early on, allowing the Orange a chance to work out to a 24-7 lead after one quarter of play. While the end result was not a palatable one for the Wolfpack, it was nice to see Finley and company come out with a strong collective effort after Clemson stomped all over them last weekend. The senior signal-caller should be able to put up tasty numbers against FSU next weekend.
Oct 27 - 11:51 PM

NC State junior WR Kelvin Harmon caught 11 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 51-41 loss to Syracuse.

Harmon (6'3/214) was everywhere in Saturday evening's affair, showing off his array of pro-upside skills while helping NC State to hang around in a game that they trailed in almost for the entirety. His first touchdown came from 74 yards out in the second quarter, while his second was of a more modest 12 yards. That latter score came in the fourth quarter and drew NC State to within 44-41 on the scoreboard. They would not score again. For the campaign, Harmon has now compiled a 46-794-4 receiving line in seven games played. After starting out the season 5-0, NC State has now dropped two consecutive games. They'll try to get back on track against FSU next weekend.
Oct 27 - 11:43 PM

NC State senior RB Reggie Gallaspy II (undisclosed) returned to Saturday's game at Syracuse after leaving briefly due to an unspecified injury.

NC State can ill-afford to lose Gallaspy, the team's leading rusher, so his return is certainly good news for Dave Doeren's team. It should also be noted that NC State is already without freshman RB Ricky Person, leaving Trent Pennix as Gallaspy's backup Saturday night.
Oct 27 - 8:07 PM

NC State redshirt senior WR Stephen Louis (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's game against Syracuse.

Louis has dealt with leg injuries earlier this season but it's not clear if it's the same issue. He won't be a huge loss for the offense as a role player with only has 12 catches and 154 yards on the season.
Oct 27 - 6:35 PM

Draft Analyst's Joe Marino believes NC State senior QB Ryan Finley has traits that are "very alarming when projecting him to the NFL."

Marino labels those issues as "limited arm strength, slow trigger, and ball placement issues beyond 10-yards." Finley had a chance to show what he's made of against Clemson, and really dropped the ball. His draft stock certainly took a hit after this performance. Marino described the outing as one "littered with late decisions, throws without enough juice and misplaced throws." The Wolfpack take on Syracuse next Saturday.
Oct 21 - 10:31 AM


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