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 19th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 19 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....DT Tavares Brown
6-0, 250 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40-yard dash
Richmond County High School, Rockingham, NC
Tavares Brown may not be a prospect that blows people away with combine numbers but turn the lights on Friday night and there are few defensive line prospects better. He is relentless off the edge and runs extremely well- looking more like a LB than a future defensive tackle. Brown sheds blockers with ease and is a tremendous tackler when he gets to the ball-carrier.
Brown will likely be moved inside for Richmond County in 2005 and defensive tackle is where he will probably end up on the D-1 level. If Brown were two inches taller, he may be considered one of the elite DL prospects in the nation.
NC State has some history at Richmond County but not a lot. Marcus Ellerbe signed with NC State in 1999 before transferring and Renaldo Moses is currently a senior defensive end with the Pack.
Pack head coach Chuck Amato and CB coach Greg Williams recently visited Richmond County and indicated they will be offering a scholarship. They'll join Maryland as teams that have offered. For NC State, landing Brown would give them an opportunity to build depth along a solid defensive line that will lose two major components (DeMarcus Tyler and John McCargo) after the 2006 season.
One player to keep an eye on if you're a Wolfpack fan is Tennessee. Brown has not hidden the fact that he grew up a Vols fan so a Tennessee offer could make things tough for the Wolfpack. Look for State to try to get the rising senior into camp in June.
Watch Tavares Brown in action!