The staff at Pack Pride is always looking for new and improved ways to provide recruiting coverage. With the NFL recently completing their 2005 draft, we started wondering what an NC State draft might look like if such an event were possible. So, we started researching the recruiting needs for the Class of 2006 and the top prospects that the Pack has targeted to meet those needs. We compiled all the information and came up with, who we believe to be, 20 of the most important recruits for 2005. We've ranked them in order based on talent and the Wolfpack's need at each position and will work backwards from No. 20 to No. 1. As always, the info provided in this report is solely the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and is in no way connected with any actual recruiting board of the coaching staff at NC State. Today we highlight our pick for the Pack's 20th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 20 selection in the 2005 mock draft is DT Aleric Mullins
6-3, 295 pounds, 4.9-seconds in the 40-yard dash
Caruthersville (Mo) High School
From Missouri to North Carolina and back to Missouri - Aleric Mullins has been on the move but college recruiters haven't lost track of the super defensive tackle prospect. NC State got an eyeful of the rising senior when he starred at East Wake High School in 2004. The Pack jumped on board with an early offer and were joined by Missouri and UNC.
Mullins began his career as an all-state linebacker in Missouri before moving to North Carolina for his junior year. This past season he moved to defensive tackle and responded with over 70 tackles and five sacks.
Mullins is a young prospect that has tremendous enthusiasm for the game. He plays low and is outstanding at clogging running lanes. Mullins runs well and what he lacks for in athleticism, he more than makes up for with sheer aggressiveness and determination.
With 'Tank' Tyler and John McCargo set to depart NC State after Mullins' freshman year in college, his arrival would be a huge boost to the Pack's depth chart at defensive tackle.
State looks poised to host Mullins at camp this summer and an official visit will be critical for the Wolfpack's chances later in the year.
Current top five - Missouri, NC State, UNC, Oklahoma and Iowa
Watch Aleric Mullins in action!Video No. 2