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 8th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 8 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....LB Chasman Davis
6-0, 210 pounds, 4.5-seconds in the 40-yard dash
St Lucie West Centennial High School, Ft Pierce, Fla
The Pack needs LB's in the worst kind of way and Chasman Davis would certainly go a long ways towards alleviating some of those concerns. Lining up as a DE and LB in 2004, Davis was a monster coming off the edge with his hand on the ground or as a stand-up pass rusher. He has great quickness and speed but is probably defined by his crushing tackles and ability to blow plays up with his aggressiveness. Last season it appeared Davis spent most of his season behind the opposition's line of scrimmage as he collected 68 tackles including 10 sacks and 21 tackles for loss.
Perhaps most amazing is that at 6-0, 209 pounds, Davis ran a combine-timed 4.31-second 40-yard dash earlier this year. He also bench pressed 23 reps of 185 pounds.
The Pack probably got an early look at Davis last year when scouting LB Jamar Chaney. Chaney opted for Georgia but State will be hoping for differing results with Davis after making an early scholarship offer.
Georgia, NC State and West Virginia have offered early with the Bulldogs, NC State, Miami and Florida comprising his early top four. For the Pack to have a serious chance they must sell the ability to come in and play early- a fact that should be an easy sell this year. Should the Canes decide to offer, predictably, they could emerge as the team to beat.