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NFLDraftScout senior analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler believe that Nick DeLuca can be a three-down linebacker at the NFL level.

Rang and Brugler believe that DeLuca is one of the best linebackers in the class that isn't coming from an FBS school, ranking him only behind South Carolina State's Darius Leonard. "He projects as a potential three-down MIKE linebacker in a 4-3 base defense," they write. "Although DeLuca is a smart, assignment-sound defender with NFL-level intangibles, his limited athleticism presents challenges." Rang and Brugler rank the 6-foot-3, 236-pound DeLuca at 141 on their board, making him a potential early Day 3 selection.
Feb 16 - 6:35 PM

Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko believes North Dakota State LB Nick DeLuca has been the best of the linebackers at the Senior Bowl "in large part thanks to his coverage range."

"Working as a nickel linebacker might be his best NFL fit, and it's clear he can reach his drops smoothly and with confidence," Galko wrote. In addition to being strong in coverage, DeLuca (6′3/236) plays aggressively downhill against the run. NFL Draft Scout ranks DeLuca as the No. 3 FCS prospect in the FCS, behind only South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert and North Carolina A&T OL Brandon Parker. That site lists DeLuca as the No. 5 inside linebacker and a projected fourth-rounder. DeLuca was dominant whenever he was on the field for the Bison, but he does come with injury concerns. He missed the 2016 season with a shoulder injury and suffered through a torn meniscus at the start of this past season.
Jan 26 - 3:18 PM

North Dakota State junior QB Easton Stick completed 13-of-22 passes for 130 yards and a score in a 17-13 victory over James Madison on Saturday in the FCS Championship Game.

Stick also ran for 35 yards on 14 carries. It's the six national championship in seven seasons for the Bisons, and it prevents James Madison from winning back-to-back titles. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior quarterback accounted for 39 touchdowns this season, with the last being a 50-yard strike to Darrius Shepherd to make it 14-3 North Dakota State. This is not Carson Wentz, but Stick is a very good FCS quarterback who should get NFL looks after the 2019 season.
Jan 6 - 4:02 PM

North Dakota State senior C Austin Kuhnert accepted an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Kuhnert (6'4/304) has helped lead the Bison into the FCS championship game against James Madison on January 6, and has started 39 games over the past four years at three different positions. He's currently seen as a late-round selection or possible undrafted free agent.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 07:41:00 PM

North Dakota State redshirt senior OLB Nick DeLuca accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

DeLuca missed almost all of 2016 with a shoulder injury, but has bounced back nicely and helped lead the Bisons to another outstanding season. If DeLuca shows he's capable of rushing the passer and holding his own as a run defender, he could be a top 100 selection.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 06:52:00 PM

North Dakota State redshirt senior OLB Nick DeLuca's status is uncertain after suffering a "non-ACL" knee injury in practice.

He'll travel to Eastern Washington for Saturday's game, but DeLuca's status playing status is uncertain at this time. DeLuca was knocked out for the year last September with a shoulder injury. Prior to that injury, ESPN's Mel Kiper had mentioned him as a potential sleeper prospect.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:48:00 PM

Illinois junior WR Desmond Cain transferred to North Dakota State.

Cain, a three-star recruit, got off to a quick start in college with a 53-492-1 receiving line as a freshman in 2015. Unfortunately, his sophomore campaign was a huge disappointment (five passes for 61 yards) due to both a knee issue and a general falling out with the new coaching staff. Since he's dropping to the FCS, Cain is eligible to play for the Bison immediately in 2017.
Mon, Apr 10, 2017 04:51:00 PM

North Dakota State T Zach Johnson accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

The Bison have another NFL prospect on the line after shipping Joe Haeg to the pros last year. Johnson was a first-team All-Missouri Valley pick this season.
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 01:10:00 PM

North Dakota State sophomore QB Easton Stick threw for 188 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 83 yards and two additional scores in Saturday's 36-10 win over South Dakota State in the FCS Quarterfinals.

The Bison just don't lose these games. They are currently working on a monster streak of 22 consecutive victories in postseason play. The first half of Saturday's quarterfinal proved anything but a breeze, as South Dakota State held a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. Then the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Stick went driving. It was a long, long drive. After 12 minutes and 20 plays, North Dakota State would take a 14-10 lead on a three-yard Stick run shortly before halftime. The Bison would pull away in the second half and are now set to square off with James Madison in the semifinals. In his first full season taking over for Carson Wentz, Stick has thrown for 2,115 yards with a 19/8 TD/INT ratio while rushing for a devilish 666 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 04:48:00 PM

Illinois sophomore WR Desmond Cain plans to transfer.

Cain produced a 53-492-1 receiving line as a freshman in 2015, but his sophomore campaign was a disappointment due to a knee issue. Due to that ailment, Cain only logged five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Cain explained he hopes to continue his career closer to his home in Florida.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 09:41:00 AM

Illinois HC Lovie Smith said that sophomore WR Desmond Cain (knee) is "getting closer" to a potential return.

Cain has played in just two games this season due to his knee issue. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore caught a combined three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in contests against Murray State and North Carolina to open the campaign. While he has returned to practice this week, his status for Saturday's battle with Rutgers remains uncertain. As a freshman in 2015, Cain logged a 53-492-1 receiving line.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 03:45:00 PM

North Dakota State redshirt senior RB King Frazier "has enough power, size and skill to make a Sunday roster as a fourth running back," believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Frazier helped lead the Bison to a shocking upset over Iowa this past weekend, finishing with 99 yards and a score on 16 carries (6.2 ypc). "Dismissed by scouts entering the season, Frazier is a nice size ball carrier (5-feet/10-inches, 210-pounds) who grinds it out on the inside and has enough foot quickness to make defenders miss in the open field," Pauline wrote.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 04:28:00 PM

North Dakota State senior OLB Nick DeLuca will miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury but will apply for a medical redshirt.

Scouts in the spring viewed DeLuca as a possible NFL talent, and Mel Kiper recently brought up the linebacker's name. North Dakota State topped Iowa last weekend and almost earned enough votes to enter the top 25.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 11:39:00 AM

North Dakota State narrowly missed landing in the AP Top 25 after their 23-20 win over Iowa on Saturday.

The Bison received 74 votes in the weekly poll, which would have placed them at No. 28 had the poll reached beyond its typical 25. Those 74 votes are the most an FCS team has ever earned. They drew more tallies than established poll regulars such as Cal (44), Oklahoma State (42), Notre Dame (32) and Oregon (23).
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 02:08:00 PM

North Dakota State senior OLB Nick DeLuca "gets it done all over the field," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

In Saturday's 50-44 win over Cooper Kupp-led Eastern Washington, DeLuca was an absolute menace. "The 6-3, 245-pounder fills holes, can keep his eyes in the backfield and read the QB well, and has exceptional instincts," Kiper wrote. "Tackle totals can be a rough measure of productivity, but consider that DeLuca led the team in tackles by 54 last season -- that's a lot. ... He had 10 TFLs last season, picked off a couple of passes and broke up a number of others, and is just consistently the most active member of the defense." If you want a chance to check out this small-school sleeper, you'll get your chance on Saturday when he's in Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 09:25:00 PM


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