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NFLDraftScout's Rob Rang writes that NC State TE/RB Jaylen Samuels could be one of the NFL Scouting Combine's "duds."

Samuels is an intriguing prospect because he has shown effectiveness both as a runner and a receiver. There are also some who are concerned that he could be a "jack of all trades, master of none" type. "There will be plenty of players who fail to build upon their flashy all-star game performances and settle back down on draft boards," writes Rang. "Take North Carolina State’s do-everything weapon Samuels, for example. The 6-0, 223-pound dual threat was arguably the best running back at the Senior Bowl, but scouts are expecting 40-yard dash times in the mid-4.6s, which might put a Day Three cap on his draft stock." A time in that range likely makes him an H-Back at the next level, and since he doesn't have prototypical size for that position, it's tough to see him going in the first three rounds.
Feb 19 - 2:28 PM

Pro Football Focus's Analysis Team calls NC State's Jaylen Samuels one of the most versatile players in the NFL draft class.

Samuels is going to work out at the NFL Combine as a tight end, but he's also lined up in the backfield as a tailback, and at times he's lined up in the slot and out wide as a receiver. Long story short, there's not a lot Samuels can't do. "Samuels has the quickness to be handed the ball in a traditional run game or on jet sweeps while lining up all over the field to create mismatches in the passing game," they write. "Other than a difference in size, he is reminiscent of Eagles TE Trey Burton, who came out of college as a jack of all trades and has tapped into some of that ability at the next level." Someone is going to be intrigued enough by his versatility to select him before the end of Day 2.
Feb 16 - 7:42 PM

NC State T Will Richardson admitted his early season suspension was for marijuana-related reasons.

Richardson also has a DUI arrest on his record. He did finish the season strong, starting the final 11 games. A day three selection could be in Richardson's future after he left NC State with another year of eligibility on the table.
Feb 12 - 10:29 AM

Chris Hummer of 247 Sports writes that NC State four-star 2018 signing Ricky Person could make an immediate impact in 2018.

Person is the running back on Hummer's "all-impact" team, beating out a host of other talented running backs. Not only is Person considered one of the best backs in the country, he also has opportunity on his side, with Jaylon Samuels and Nyheim Hines both off to the NFL. " An early enrollee, watch for Person to emerge as NC State’s feature back by the time 2018 comes to an end," Hummer writes. We're certainly intrigued.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 11 - 12:50 PM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks ranks NC State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb as the top defensive end in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Not a big surprise, but still worth mentioning to be sure. Chubb earns the top spot, and he's followed in order by UTSA's Marcus Davenport, Ohio State's Sam Hubbard, Oklahoma's Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and LSU's Arden Key. Brooks is actually down on the pass-rushing class on the whole -- not an uncommon thought from other pundits -- but Chubb is more than the best of a bad situation for him. "Chubb is the headliner as an ultra-athletic "big" rusher with outstanding quickness, hand skills, and energy," Brooks writes. "He is a Mario Williams clone with the disruptive skills to be a perennial All-Pro off the edge." It shouldn't surprise anyone if Chubb goes in the first three picks.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 12:34 PM

NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter projects the Browns to take NC State edge rusher Bradley Chubb with the fourth pick in his three-round mock draft.

Reuter projects the Browns to take USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the first-overall pick, and he's followed by UCLA QB Josh Rosen to the Giants and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to the Colts. Chubb is almost unanimously seen as the top pass rusher in the class, and this would scare the heck out of offensive tackles in the AFC North if it came to fruition. Or as Reuter writes: "Chubb on one side and Myles Garrett on the other? Quarterbacks beware."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 6:55 PM

NC State signed three-star 2018 JUCO junior DE Joe Babros.

Babros (6'4/250) is a well-built defensive end who slides into the ESPN JC50 at No. 48 overall. While he's tough-nosed and possesses an always-on motor, deficiencies in his range and his quickness off the snap are likely going to keep him from earning a starting job with the Wolfpack. He's very much capable of working as a depth and rotational piece, though.
Feb 9 - 3:29 PM

NC State signed uncommitted three-star 2018 CB Taiyon Palmer.

Palmer (5'11/178) was considering Nebraska and Tennessee in addition. On the 247Sports composite board, he ranks as NC State's fourth-highest recruit, slotting in at No. 280 overall. He is the fourth four-star prospect to join the program's 2018 recruiting class.
Feb 7 - 3:35 PM

NC State's Jaylen Samuels will go through NFL Combine activities as a TE.

Samuels just participated in the Senior Bowl as a running back. This is both the gift and the curse Samuels offers: he can win from many different spots, but for certain teams that might lead to confusion. He caught over 200 passes in college and carried the ball 182 times. Is he Marcell Reece? David Johnson? Charles Clay? And adding to those questions, Samuels is 5-foot-11 and 1/2.
Feb 7 - 9:37 AM

NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter listed NC State edge-rusher Kentavius Street as a potential fit for the Eagles in the 2018 draft.

Street was one of the main standouts of the East West Shrine Game, and has seen his stock rise in the process. He's always been known as a terrific athlete, but he showed that it can translate into games over that week. As Reuter says: "DEs Brandon Graham and Chris Long are due to hit free agency after the 2018 season, so landing the powerful and quick Street in the middle rounds could prove to be a wise move."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 3:23 PM

Former USC redshirt sophomore TE Cary Angeline transferred to NC State.

Angeline left the football team in September, with HC Clay Helton citing at the time the 6-foot-7, 230-pounder's desire to play closer to home. The tight end hails from Pennsylvania. He ranked as Rivals' No. 20 prospect at his position in the 2016 class. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations and will have three seasons eligibility remaining to his name come the start of the 2019 campaign.
Jan 30 - 12:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and Chris Tripodi believes that NC State DL Justin Jones was the biggest riser of any defensive lineman at the Senior Bowl.

Jones ranks at the top, while Alabama's Da'Shawn Hand finished as the "honorable mention." The 6-foot-2, 311-pound defender received positive reviews from all the draft publications, but Pauline and Tripodi might have been the highest on him. "[Jones] was a one-man show as a five-technique defensive end, displaying great quickness, explosion and technique each day in practice, Pauline writes. "His ability to get leverage on opponents coupled with his leg drive made him impossible to stop. He came to play every day and ran roughshod over opponents during the final practice."
Jan 29 - 5:02 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller writes that NC State DT B.J. Hill could end up going in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Hill was listed as one of Miller's "moneymakers" for his quality week at the Senior Bowl. He also mentions that fellow Wolfpack lineman Justin Jones could hear his name called in that range, and NC State also has Bradley Chubb; a lock for the first round. Miller notes that the 6-foot-3, 321-pound defender "was quick and explosive through the line" and that both he and Jones have a chance to be drafted in the third-round after their strong Senior Bowls.
Jan 28 - 6:17 PM

NC State RB Jaylen Samuels ran for 37 yards on 10 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards for the North in a 45-16 loss to the South on Saturday in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Samuels (5'11/224) had a strong week of practice while playing tailback; a position that he didn't play often for the Wolfpack. He's basically a tight end in a running back body, but he looked competent as a runner out of the backfield at times in Mobile on Saturday. What a team views Samuels is will determine his draft position, but most project him to be a mid-round pick, with a chance to be off the board before the end of Day 2.
Jan 27 - 6:46 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler notes that NC State RB Jaylen Samuels schooled linebackers when working pass-catching drills during the Senior Bowl practice week.

Brugler relays that Samuels was too quick on his routes for linebackers to stick to him. No major surprise that the versatile athlete excelled on the receiving front in Mobile, as the H-Back saw plenty of work at tight end and wideout with NC State in addition to serving as a runner. He's an endlessly intriguing weapon who could be used in a variety of fashions and should see interest on Day 2 in the spring.
Jan 27 - 4:50 PM


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