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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes "people are sleeping" on NC State DB Josh Jones.

The Draft Analyst crew tabs Jones as a third-round pick. Pauline reports that Jones is expected to measure in at a "shade under" 6-foot-2 while tipping the scales around 215 pounds. Jones is expected to run a 40 in the low 4.4s and post a 40-inch vertical jump. "I was very impressed with the film and scouts tell me they feel Jones can line up at free safety or as a conventional strong safety and play inside or outside," Pauline wrote.
Feb 24 - 3:31 PM

NC State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz says the team must get senior H-back Jaylen Samuels more touches.

"The challenge for us is, we’re replacing touches from Matt Dayes and we need Jaylen to get a large portion of those," Drinkwitz said. "When the ball is in his hands, he does something good, and I know there’s not a perfect position to say he’s this or that. He’s unusual. He’s unique in college football. He’s one of the most diversified players there is." Samuels is listed a tight end but is in actuality a FB/TE/H-back hybrid. This unique playmaker led the Wolfpack in receptions (55) and total touchdowns (13) last year.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 2:44 PM

North Carolina State moved junior WR Nyheim Hines to RB.

This was an expected move with 1,000-yard rusher Matt Dayes out the door. There's plenty of touches for Hines to soak up. Dayes led the Wolfpack with 281 touches last year ago. Nobody else on the team had 100. With Reggie Gallaspy and Johnny Frasier being limited or held out of spring practices, Hines will receive the bulk of the RB reps. The speedy weapon posted a 43-525-0 line last year as primarily a receiver.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 12:49 PM

NC State redshirt junior T Tyler Jones allowed just one sack in the final 11 games of the 2016 campaign.

"Jones was solid in his first full season as the starting left tackle for the Wolfpack, showing particular improvement in his pass protection," writes ESPN's Josh Liskiewitz. Not only did the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder only let the defender crash through for a sack on QB Ryan Finley one time last season, he surrendered just 17 quarterback pressures. Not too shabby for a first-year starter.
Feb 17 - 8:29 PM

NC State hired Texas Tech defensive line coach Kevin Patrick to the same position.

Patrick was also offered a job by South Florida. Patrick won national championships at Miami as a player in 1989 and 1991. Prior to his season at Texas Tech, Patrick spent nine seasons USF and two at North Texas.
Source: Dallas News
Feb 13 - 6:07 PM

Matt Waldman of the RSP calls NC State RB Matthew Dayes a "helluva football player" from a "standpoint of toughness and competitiveness."

Dayes attended the Senior Bowl and profiles as a versatile running back who has been productive as a runner and receiver. He's a one speed type of runner, but that did not prevent him from creating big plays in college.
Feb 9 - 10:05 AM

Multiple outlets are reporting that the New Orleans Saints have hired NC State DL coach Ryan Nielsen to serve in the same capacity.

Nielsen is a familiar face on the Wolfpack sideline, as he has been with NC State since 2013. Prior to that, he spent time at Northern Illinois (2011-2012), Tennessee-Martin (2010) and Ole Miss (2005-2007). He got his coaching start with the Idaho Vandals in 2004.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 7 - 5:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes NC State DB Josh Jones will receive more attention as the process picks up.

Many don't pay attention to surprise early entries on the defensive side, especially in the defensive backfield, but Jones has plenty of talent. "If you squint, you can see a little Jalen Ramsey with the way N.C. State played him at CB, FS, SS, LB. He's better than I expected," Brugler tweeted. Jones is listed at 6-foot-2 and 215-pounds, which is the type of size teams desire at the position. The safety class boasts plenty of talent.
Feb 7 - 9:24 AM

NC State signed three-star 2017 WR Emeka Emezie.

Emezie initially committed to NC State in October. No change off of that over the proceeding months. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 81 receiver in the 2017 class. Scout.com relays that while Emezie has the ability to gain the tough yards to move the chains, the true danger for opposing secondaries comes when he is unleashed downfield. The outlet specifically points to strong route-running and body control as pluses for the wideout. They would like to see him step up his game as a blocker.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 7:17 PM

NC State junior edge rusher Bradley Chubb is returning to school for the 2017 season.

This decision surprises us, but like his cousin Nick Chubb, Bradley wants one more crack at the college game. The edge rusher produced 22 tackles for loss this season, including 10.5 sacks, along with a monster bowl performance. Many believed he would be a second day selection.
Jan 4 - 12:38 PM

NC State redshirt junior S Josh Jones will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

"My road along the way has not been a smooth one, it has been with a lot of learning experiences," Jones wrote on Twitter, "but I wouldn’t redo any of it because it helped me grow into a man." He enters the draft pool on a high note, having registered a career-best season in 2016, one which included 109 tackles (4.0 for loss), three interceptions and eight passes defended over the course of 13 games played. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder as a potential sixth or seventh round selection in this spring's draft.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 01:54:00 PM

NC State freshman LB Garrett Hooker is no longer on the football team.

Both Hooker and redshirt freshman wide receiver Brian Sessoms left the program shortly after the regular season concluded. Hooker enrolled last January and took a redshirt this fall. If he transfers to an FBS program, he'll have to sit out again.
Source: Scout.com
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 01:17:00 PM

NC State redshirt freshman WR Brian Sessoms (Achilles) has left the program.

Sessoms redshirted his first year and then missed his second after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury over the summer in camp. The former three-star recruit has not specified what his plans for the immediate future are.
Source: Scout.com
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 12:39:00 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Dayes became the Wolfpack’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002 a couple weeks ago and will head to NCSU's bowl game with 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns. The draft industry has taken a liking to the versatile back this year. NFL.com's Chad Reuter says Dayes "could be a solid mid-round selection," ESPN's Todd McShay thinks he "could be a Day 3 steal if he lands in the right system," and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Dayes "should end up being an excellent value pick."
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 12:43:00 PM

NC State junior QB Ryan Finley was lifted in the fourth quarter of Friday's win over North Carolina due to a potential concussion.

Finley was taken to the locker room in the final quarter and given a vision test as part of the concussion protocol. He later returned to the sideline with his helmet, though he did not reenter the game. Jalan McClendon finished out the contest in his place. Prior to going out injured, Finley had completed 11-of-18 passes for 151 yards.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 03:46:00 PM


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