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 3rd selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 3 selection in the 2005 mock draft is...DL Adam Patterson
6-3, 255 pounds, 4.65-seconds in the 40
Richland-Northeast High School, Columbia, SC
Adam Patterson is the third defensive lineman to make our list but this talented defender is just too talented to pass up. He possesses basically every attribute you look for in a defensive tackle. Patterson has a super frame and will easily play in the 280-pound range should he stay at DT. On film, most impressive is his ability to shed blockers and pursue to the ball. He runs like a LB and does a great job of staying with the play.
On the recruiting front, NC State jumped on Patterson with an early offer and they have since been joined by nearly two dozen other schools. The rising senior has narrowed his focus to ten schools- a list that includes NC State, Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina, Penn State, Georgia, Maryland, Oklahoma, Michigan and Virginia Tech.
Distance doesn't appear to be a factor but depth charts could be and that could be a card in the Pack's favor. Patterson could almost certainly challenge for serious playing time early in his career with DeMarcus Tyler and John McCargo set to graduate after the 2006 season. Since he has not scheduled any camp trips over the summer, it will be important to get Patterson on campus during the fall for a game and solidify the Pack's chances for an official visit later in the year. Look for Patterson to narrow his list down even further sometime in September or October.
Watch Adam Patterson in action!