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ESPN's Todd McShay believes NC State senior QB Ryan Finley is "probably the most pro-ready quarterback in college football."

McShay says Finley (6'4/199) "has enough arm strength" and "throws with in anticipation." Finley posted a 105.3 passer rating on balls thrown more than 20 yards downfield according to Pro Football Focus. His success downfield stems from his understanding of schemes and not necessarily from having a rocket arm. ESPN also notes that Finley owns the second longest streak of pass attempts without an interception in ACC history. With another productive season, Finley has a shot of landing in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. There is definitely interest in the scouting community highlighted by McShay appointing Finley as his current top QB prospect for 2019 NFL Draft.
Aug 16 - 6:40 PM

NC State redshirt sophomore TE Cary Angeline will have to sit out the first three games of the 2018 season.

Angeline is a transfer from USC, and he must sit the first three games because he played in the first two games and dressed for a third. Weird rule. Angeline was a four-star recruit by the Trojans, but didn't get a chance to make his mark with USC and announced his decision to leave the school in September. He was rated the 20th best TE in the class of 2016, however, and the 6-foot-7, 230-pound tight end could help Ryan Finley and the Wolfpack passing game starting in week four against Marshall on September 22.
Source: ESPN
Aug 3 - 8:27 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline referred to NC State redshirt senior T Tyler Jones as a "blocking prospect I like more than most."

Longtime readers of Mr. Pauline may recall that he's had his eye on Jones for some time, having also stepped to evaluating bat for the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder last summer. The analyst does admit that the redshirt senior struggled at times with his consistency during the past campaign, but views him as an eventual NFL guard who would feel right at home working in a zone-blocking scheme. Pauline hits up Jones with a third-round grade for next spring's draft.
Aug 1 - 3:52 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that his tepid opinion of NC State senior QB Ryan Finley "quickly changed" during his film study.

"I was incredibly impressed with his smarts, awareness and feel for the position," Pauline writes, adding that Finley "has the uncanny ability to know what’s happening on the field, knows where his receivers are and understands what is necessary to make positive plays." The analyst also notes that while not possessed of a rocket launcher of an arm -- a common refrain on Finley is in regard to a lack of perceived arm strength -- the 6-foot-4, 199-pounder has more than enough juice to get the ball where it needs to go, when it needs to get there. But wait, there's more. Pauline believes that there's an undercurrent of optimism regarding Finley in the scouting community and that he has a chance to work into the Day 1 discussion (even as high as the middle of Day 1) with a nice senior season.
Aug 1 - 1:42 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that NC State redshirt junior WR Jakobi Meyers is an "unheralded gem."

"[Meyers] is a game-controlling receiver with big play ability," Pauline explains, later noting of that 6-foot-2, 181-pounder possesses "the style and substance to develop into a number two receiver on Sunday." Befitting of this high estimation, the analyst stamps Meyers with a second-round grade in advance of the upcoming campaign. On the field this past season, the redshirt junior posted a 63-727-5 receiving line.
Aug 1 - 12:29 PM

North Carolina State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Shyheim Battle.

Battle was also considering Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU and Ohio State; among other high-profile schools. The 6-foot-2, 173-pound corner ranks 33rd at the position, and 355th overall in the class. With that size, Battle should be able to battle -- no pun intended -- for playing time on the outside, but reports indicate he's a fast-twitch athlete who could handle a slot position as well.
Jul 27 - 5:15 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Ryan Finley fifth in his list of the top quarterbacks to watch for in 2018.

Finley (6'4/199) was among the best quarterbacks in the country for a large portion of the 2017 season, but things went downhill over the final few games of the year. Zierlein, however, remains a fan. "Finley has proven his ability to throw with good ball placement in tight quarters. He does a good job of recognizing lingering coverage underneath and is able to throw his receivers away from the coverage," he writes. "He also plays with good poise in the face of the blitz." Zierlein does caution that Finley needs to improve his release quickness and wins with "intelligence over arm talent," so the upside is limited. There's a high floor here, however, because of his accuracy.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 15 - 11:47 AM

North Carolina State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DT Joshua Harris.

Harris named his finalists in June: Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State, and NC State. It's the Wolfpack who take home the honors for Harris. It's another big get for the class, as he ranks 141st overall in the Rivals rankings, and 17th among the position in 247 Sports composite rankings. Harris's commitment ups NC State's class ranking to 20th overall in 247 Sports overall team rankings, and fourth among schools in the ACC.
Jul 13 - 5:57 PM

NC State redshirt freshman RB Erin Collins will transfer.

This one comes as no surprise. Collins (6'0/200) was one of five Wolfpack players to be punished following a set of serious allegations emerging from three women at a July house party last summer. Two of the women claimed to have been raped, while a third alleged sexual battery. No charges were ultimately brought in this case, but HC Dave Doeren moved to dismiss two of the players in question -- WR Antoine Thompson and DE Kevince Brown -- while suspending the other three (DE Xavier Lyas, LB Isaiah Moore and Collins) for the entirety of the 2017 season. Should Collins transfer to another FBS outfit, he will have to sit out the upcoming campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Jul 11 - 12:13 PM

NC State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 RB Zonovan Knight, who had previously been committed to Duke.

Knight reopened his commitment near the end of May, and was also considering schools like Tennessee and North Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 183-pound back ranks 181st in Rivals rankings, and it's another quality get for the Wolfpack, who now rank 21st in 247 Sports recruiting rankings, and fourth among teams in the ACC. He's a speedy player who's viewed as a player that can make plays out of the backfield as a natural running back or with his hands.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 9 - 5:46 PM

NC State senior QB Ryan Finley posted a passer rating of 105.3 on passes of 20 or more yards last season.

Finley was at his best when launching the ball deep down the left sideline, registering a passer rating of 133.7 on such throws. All told, the senior completed 32-of-79 passes for 957 yards and a 7/2 TD/INT ratio on his longer tosses. There's some degree of NFL intrigue, here, but he probably shouldn't be viewed as more than a Day 3 pick. Finley is an accurate game-manager, but he doesn't possess otherworldly arm talent and as NFL.com's Lance Zierlein notes, this leads to more contested passes than you'd like to see simply because the ball spends a little more time in the air.
Jul 7 - 2:43 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes that there are questions about NC State senior QB Ryan Finley's playmaking ability at the next level.

"NFL scouts know Finley can be a facilitator, but can he put the offense on his back independent of play-calling and be more of a playmaker down the field?," Brugler asks. "Can he overcome mistakes to lead his team over top competition on the schedule?" As Brugler notes, he showed consistent improvement over the first-half of the 2017 season, but he struggled over the second-half when the schedule got tougher. There's a chance Finley can be one of the first senior quarterbacks off the board in 2018, but he'll need to show he's the signal-caller he was in the first-half of 2017 if that's going to happen.
Jun 29 - 8:01 PM

North Carolina State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DT C.J. Clark.

Clark is a local commitment for the Wolfpack, hailing from North Stanly HS in New London, North Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle was also considering offers from schools like Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama and South Carolina. He ranks 20th among defensive tackles, and 10th among players from the state. With the commit of Clark, 247 Sports ranks North Carolina State's class 19th in the nation, and fourth among ACC schools.
Source: ACC Sports
Jun 18 - 3:16 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compares four-star NC State 2019 DE commit Savion Jackson to former Florida DL Jonathan Bullard.

Bullard developed into not only a very productive defender but also a valuable one, because of his versatility along the Gators' defensive line," writes Haubert. "Jackson possesses similar traits with his combination of initial quickness and power with good size at the moment and the frame to continue to fill out, much like Bullard did in Gainesville." Haubert also notes it's a huge get for NC State, with Jackson ranking sixth among defensive ends in ESPN's 2019 rankings.
Source: ESPN
Jun 17 - 2:41 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes North Carolina State redshirt senior QB Ryan Finley is on NFL scouts radar.

Zierlein believes Finley (6'4/199) will need to "elevate his game if he wants to make scouts really take notice." He cites his size and mobility as major issues and wrote "He does have a good feel for where he wants to go with the ball, but his lack of arm strength ends up creating too many contested catches for his wideouts. His accuracy is a plus." Finley has a career TD/INT ratio of 35/14 at NC State but will have to have a great year if he wants to make some noise in the scouting community.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 3:22 PM


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