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North Carolina State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 RB Jamious Griffin.

Griffin ranks as the 22nd best running back in 247 Sports list -- 38th in their composite rankings -- and 35th in the state of Georgia. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back was also considering Indiana, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Purdue, among others. Reports indicate that Griffin is a "complete" tailback who can finish runs by punishing tacklers, but also has enough speed to make plays on the outside and in the passing game.
Source: 247 Sports
May 21 - 5:25 PM

NC State sophomore G Joshua Fedd-Jackson is tracking toward a starting role at right guard for the upcoming season.

Fedd-Jackson (6'3/332) was battle-tested as a true freshman last season after enrolling in the program as a three-star recruit. He appeared in all 13 of NC State's games for the campaign, seeing his heaviest work at the end of the season versus North Carolina, when he took 37 snaps while filling in for injured starter Tony Adams. With Adams no longer on roster, starting honors at right guard will be Fedd-Jackson's to lose in August camp.
Source: 247Sports
May 16 - 4:00 PM

247Sports' Michael Clark pegged NC State redshirt junior S Stephen Griffin as a standout performer from the team's spring practice sessions.

"Griffin, a big, physical playmaker in secondary, is playing State's nickel position, which is a perfect fit for his skill set," Clark writes, noting that the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder "immediately began turning heads" in the spring. Griffin transferred over to NC State from Tennessee last summer and subsequently sat out the 2017 season in accordance with NCAA guidelines. He is fighting it out for the right to replace Shawn Boone, who started at nickel a year ago but is no longer on roster. We'll see if he can parlay the momentum of his strong spring into legitimate playing time when August camp boots up.
Source: 247Sports
May 16 - 2:26 PM

Dismissed NC State redshirt sophomore CB Markel Valdez will transfer.

Valdez (6'0/175) was dismissed from the team for an unspecified rules violation earlier this offseason. His time with the Wolfpack ended as a brief and unproductive one even beyond his ultimate dismissal, as he was suspended from the program last spring due to an unknown issue, then tore his ACL two weeks into the 2017 season after making it back to good standing with HC Dave Doeren and staff. There are a few regulations slapped onto his transfer -- he won't be able to move on to another ACC school, nor to any program NC State will face out of conference during the coming season. West Virginia, Marshall and Georgia State are the three non-con FBS outfits which have been nixed for this transfer. Valdez initially signed on with NC State as a three-star recruit in the 2016 class.
May 8 - 11:20 AM

North Carolina State signed four-star 2018 DT Alim McNeill in December.

McNeill was an Army All-American, and ranked 10th among defensive tackles on 247 Sports list for the 2018 class. He was also considering Michigan, Virginia and Clemson -- to name a select few -- with offers from the majority of the big-name schools. NC State has produced plenty of NFL defensive lineman in the past decade. McNeill appears to have the talent to be one of the next Wolfpack interior defenders to play on Sundays.
Source: 247 Sports
May 5 - 4:25 PM

Jaguars signed NC State OG Tony Adams.

Adams (6’1/302) was a four-year starter for the Wolfpack, earning second-team All-ACC as a junior and senior. He primarily played right guard but dabbled at center. Adams’ tape pops in the run game, where he overpowered opponents at the point of attack. Not invited to the Combine, Adams tested out as a sluggish fifth-percentile athlete at NC State’s Pro Day. Adams seems unlikely to become a plus NFL starter, but his tenacity and sheer block execution make him a viable center-guard swingman prospect.
May 3 - 11:17 AM

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Denver Broncos an "A-" for their work in the draft.

Benoit's grade is based on his opinion that "Denver’s Super Bowl window is still open." The addition of Bradley Chubb at No. 5 overall was key Benoit explained, "Chubb joining Von Miller, Shane Ray, and Shaquil Barrett, Denver has four dynamic, flexible pass rushers, whom you’ll see all on the field together in certain passing situations." The additions of Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Troy Fumagalli, and Royce Freeman all provide great depth to the offense that will now have more weapons than Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The only thing stopping Benoit from a grade of "A" was cornerback Isaac Yiadom who he essentially views as a redundant asset.
Apr 29 - 3:41 PM

Steelers selected NC State RB Jaylen Samuels with the No. 165 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Samuels (6’0/225) was an all-purpose receiver/tailback/tight end for the Wolfpack, graduating with a career 201/1,851/9.2/19 receiving line and 182/1,107/6.1/12 rushing. He played extensively on special teams. PFF College charted Samuels with 70 career missed tackles forced – 38 on carries and 32 after the catch – and 42 slot receptions in 2017, second most in this year’s tight end class. Samuels helped himself with 68th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine, including 4.54 speed. Samuels offers similarities to Bears TE Trey Burton as a catch-first weapon in the middle of the field. It's worth noting that the Steelers announced Samuels as a running back when they drafted him on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 3:15 PM

Jaguars selected NC State OT Will Richardson with the No. 129 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Richardson (6’6/306) turned pro as a redshirt junior after making 31 starts at right tackle and earning second-team All-ACC in 2017. PFF College credited Richardson with zero sacks allowed on 400 pass-blocking snaps as a senior. Athletic enough with 35th-percentile SPARQ results, Richardson also benefits from lengthy 35 ¼-inch arms. Richardson offers starting-caliber traits for a right tackle or guard, but he carries off-field issues (2017 suspension, 2015 DUI) and wasn’t quite as dominant as he should have been in college.
Apr 28 - 1:34 PM

49ers selected DE Kentavius Street with the No. 128 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Street (6’2/280) was the power complement to Bradley Chubb’s sackmaster at NC State, logging 19 career tackles for loss and eight sacks and frequently moving between tackle and end. Street is a big body who can win with power and had an intriguing profile as a five-technique end before tearing his ACL in an April workout for the Giants. We won’t see Street before 2019.
Apr 28 - 1:31 PM

Colts selected North Carolina State RB Nyheim Hines with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Hines (5’8/198) turned pro after three years with the Wolfpack, logging a 197/1,113/5.6/12 rushing line in a breakout junior campaign and catching 89 career passes. Hines doubled as a sprinter for NC State track and field, running the lead leg of the Wolfpack’s ACC-title-winning relay team. Hines scored two kickoff return TDs and one punt return TD in college and blazed a 4.38 forty at the Combine. A tailback-slot receiver slash player, Hines is a straighter-line version of Dion Lewis without the explosive cutting ability. Hines projects as a satellite-space back with return value. On a wide-open Colts running back depth chart, Hines should be given an opportunity to play early as he competes for touches with Marlon Mack.
Apr 28 - 12:25 PM

Chargers selected NC State DT Justin Jones with the No. 84 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Jones (6’3/309) manned the interior next to B.J. Hill on a star-studded Wolfpack defensive line that also included Bradley Chubb and Kentavius Street, logging 21.5 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Although Jones is a mere 21st-percentile athlete, he dominated at five-technique end during Senior Bowl practices after playing three-technique tackle at NC State. Jones isn’t a high-upside prospect, but he should have a place in the NFL as a versatile rotational contributor.
Apr 27 - 10:10 PM

Giants selected NC State DT B.J. Hill with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Hill (6’3/311) manned nose tackle on a star-studded Wolfpack defensive line that also included Bradley Chubb, Kentavius Street, and Justin Jones. More block eater than playmaker with only nine career sacks, Hill earned honorable mention All-ACC as a senior and shredded the Combine with a sub-five-second forty (4.99) and quick 7.28 three-cone time. Hill is long on potential but short on production and rarely flashed pass-rush ability on college tape. Hill may max out as a two-down banger against the run.
Apr 27 - 9:32 PM

An anonymous scout believes that NC State T Will Richards could be a 10-year pro."

r. "He wasn’t spectacular but this is what a lot of people are looking for as a right tackle," said the scout. "Not explosive. He could be a 10-year player." Richardson has some off-field issues -- he was suspended for marijuana-related reasons and he also has a DUI -- but he was one of the best tackles in the class according to the analytics. If he doesn't go in the third round on Friday, he should go in the early portion of Day 3.
Apr 27 - 6:12 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that NC State DL Justin Jones "needs pass-rush development."

The scout also explained, "He was stuck in front of his blocker an awful lot for a 3-technique. We’d like our 3-technique to be a three-down player and I don’t think this guy is that. He’s one of those guys that wrestle and spars with blockers." Another scout said "I like his ability to play the run. He can hold the point and gives a semblance of pass rush." Jones will probably be selected on Day 3 and has received interest from the New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts.
Apr 27 - 12:53 PM


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