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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that NC State DB Josh Jones "looked terrific" during drills on pro day.

Pauline is sky-high on Jones as one of the sleeper corners in the draft, writing earlier in March that "it wouldn't be crazy for some team to take him late in the first round." One team that would fit that bill of an intrigued late-round player would be the Patriots, whom Pauline notes "met extensively" with Jones the night before his pro day. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder also met with the Chargers.
Mar 21 - 5:17 PM

NC State OC Eli Drinkwitz said that senior H-back Jaylen Samuels "does a great job with spacial awareness."

"He’s got great vision as far as being able to accelerate through the holes. And he knows what speed he needs to be at to get to the hole," Drinkwitz said. "There’s really no other way to describe it, other than he knows when to push the gas or let off the brake a little bit." The 5-foot-11, 236-pound Samuels indicated that this spring has been a bit smoother than last, as the Wolfpack's offensive players have had a year in Drinkwitz's system. A versatile chess piece for Drinkwitz to play with, Samuels logged a 55-565-7 receiving line while rushing for 189 yards and six additional scores over the course of 13 games played last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 17 - 7:40 PM

An NFL personnel executives predicted that NC State DB Josh Jones could be a surprise first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft.

"For some reason Jones didn't get much attention during the season, but he has first-round ability," he said. "I think he'll definitely go in the top 40 picks and it wouldn't be crazy for some team to take him late in the first round." The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder enjoyed one of the best all-around performances by a defensive back at the NFL Combine. He notched a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, a vertical jump of 37.5 inches, a broad jump of 132 inches and a strong 20 reps on the bench.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 1:11 PM

A regional scout for an AFC team says NC State RB Matthew Dayes "reminds me of Ronnie Hillman, but slower."

"Dime-a-dozen running back," the scout said. "I'm not slamming him because those guys play in the league but he needs to find the right fit." Last season, Dayes ran for 1,166 yards and 10 scores along with 32 catches for 267 yards en route to second-team All-ACC honors. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein thinks Dayes could become a committee back with third down value. "Tempo-based, one-cut running back with good vision but an inability to break tackles and run with power," Zierlein wrote. "Best on outside zone plays with an opportunity to find back-side cuts, but when he has to run between the tackles, he's missing an aggressive burst."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 4:46 PM

NC State DB Josh Jones logged a 40-yard dash of 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.

Jones registered one of the best all-around performances by a defensive back in testing on Monday. That 4.41-second 40-yard dash was just the tip of the iceberg. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder additionally notched a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and a broad jump of 132 inches. Plus a strong 20 reps on the bench. Near the end of February, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline forwarded the belief that people were "sleeping" on Jones. Scouts believe he has potential as either a free safety or a strong safety.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 4:12 PM

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


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