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 13th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 13 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....TE Tyler Tkach
6-3, 235 pounds, 4.9-seconds in the 40
Northern Lehigh High School, Slatington, Pa
TJ Williams has been solid for NC State at the TE spot since arriving in Raleigh. His departure after the 2005 season will leave a void, however, and the Pack will be on the hunt for a future replacement.
Although the Wolfpack has Octavius Darby and Anthony Hill in the stable, both are relatively inexperienced so adding quality depth at the position is all but a necessity for the class of 2006.
One player the Pack has placed a premium on is Tyler Tkach. Tkach has a super frame, great feet and speed given his size and is the son of a high school coach- a fact the Pack coaching staff always seems to be attracted to.
Tkach hauled in nine touchdown passes last year but his tenacity and nasty disposition on the field could also make him a solid blocker.
On the recruiting front, two teams have emerged with Pittsburgh and NC State leading the way. The Panthers probably hold a slight lead and location will be a big hurdle for the Pack to overcome. One fact State will probably try to sell is the chance to compete in the ACC and go up against some of the nation's best teams, week in and week out.
The Wolfpack has made the Lehigh area of Pennsylvania a prime recruiting territory and have had some solid success landing that region's best players. That fact has not been missed by Tkach or his father but whether it will be enough to entice the rising senior to take his game to Raleigh for 2006 remains to be seen.