A Look at the Wolfpack’s NFL Prospects

As a follow-up to our look at Wolfpackers in the NFL (click here), The National Football Post has taken a closer look at NC State’s NFL prospects.

Their scouting series gives a brief description and impression of each player. The only Wolfpacker that earned the NFP is Nate Irving. No surprise.

Unfortunately, the NFP may be right on in their assessments Click here to see their comments.

LB Nate Irving: No. 56 (6-1, 235)
A physical, wrap-up tackler who possesses impressive lower body strength with the ability to drive his legs through contact. Exhibits a good first step but displays only average straight-line speed in pursuit. However, he reads and reacts quickly to the play and is consistently getting good jumps on the football. Does a great job playing with leverage when taking on linemen in the hole and holding his ground at the point of attack. Is consistently working his way toward the play, even through contact, and uses his hands well to stack shed when needed. Also, plays the piano well down the line and keeps himself clean when shuffling his way through traffic.

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6 Responses to A Look at the Wolfpack’s NFL Prospects

  1. tjfoose1 08/25/2010 at 5:22 PM #

    Before his injuries, he was projecting to be a better than Stephen Tulluch. As the starting middle LB for the Tennessee Titans, he’s not doing too bad.

    Nate has a lot to prove this year, but above everything else, Nate is a playmaker. Every NFL coach, every NFL scout wants playmakers. Playmakers play bigger than their talent, play better than their measurables.

    Nate will get his chance. If he were a stock, I would definitely be buying.

    That Tulluch comment might be a little off. Tulluch was surrounded by great players, so his opportunities were limited. So less chance to ‘shine’ and stand out. Tulluch too was a playmaker, but also solid and dependable. Faster than Nate too. Actually, I’ll retract my original statement.

  2. pman27 08/25/2010 at 5:32 PM #

    Not disputing any evaluations but if you read enough of these they always have negative things to say about the players. Any one of these guys in the right situation with the right work ethic can have an NFL career.

  3. acencsu 08/26/2010 at 1:00 AM #

    I mean I’m not saying J5 is a burner or anything but 4.7? Really? I think he’s a bit faster than that.

  4. FuquayWolf 08/26/2010 at 11:11 AM #

    Interesting post, and can be taken in both a glass half-empty or half-full way. Half-empty, it’s disturbing to see the scarcity of NFL-level talent on our team. Seems to confirm what many of us already knew: that there was a pretty large recruiting gap towards the end of the Amato years. Half-full, it is pretty interesting to consider what this team has accomplished with such a paucity upperclassmen NFL-level talent. Personally, I think that points to ability of our coaches to get the most out of their players.

    On another related note, was watching Sportscenter this morning and both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay picked UNC-CH as being the college team with the most NFL prospects. Not Alabama, Texas, or Florida, but UNC-CH. Kiper thinks they have up to 15 draft-eligible NFL prospects. Pretty amazing that our team, with only 1 NFL prospect (and he even missed last year’s game), is 3-0 against this talent-laden behemoth. Just goes to show you need both talent AND coaching.

  5. VaWolf82 08/26/2010 at 11:20 AM #

    Pretty amazing that our team, with only 1 NFL prospect (and he even missed last year’s game), is 3-0 against this talent-laden behemoth. Just goes to show you need both talent AND coaching.

    Not really that surprising to any State fan that saw the ’04 – ’06 State teams. It’s really hard to win when your offense is actually working against you. (The ’06 season turned around when they turned the offense into the AB show.)

  6. FuquayWolf 08/26/2010 at 12:33 PM #

    VaWolf – Completely agree with you. Post-Rivers, our offense under Amato was lackluster, while our defense was the strength. Now, under TOB, our offense is the strength, while our defense is lackluster. You simply cannot win in football if you can’t score points, no matter how good your defense is. In those 3 wins against UNC-CH and all their talent, our offense has put points on the board. 2 of those wins weren’t even close (save for 2 pick-6s given to UNC-CH by Daniel Evans in 2007), and that was because UNC-CH had no offense.

    It’s the reason why despite having 10 NFL quality players on their 2-deep defense, UNC-CH was still picked 4th in their division. You have to be able to score points to win. UNC-CH, especially with Yates at QB, just doesn’t have the offense to match up with that defense – just like the later Amato years.

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