McCargo Headed to Buffalo

John McCargo realized his NFL dreams when he was drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills. He was picked 26th overall by the Bills and was the third NC State player picked in the first round.


WHAT WAS SAID ABOUT MCCARGO: Modrak talked about what stood out about John McCargo

"The number one thing that comes to your mind with him is he's very quick and to me it's hard to coach quickness and develop quickness," said Modrak. "You can develop things with players, but that one you can't. He is quick and when you see the film clips of him look for that. Does he need to continue to grow and get better? Of course. He's an underclassman so he's young. We think he'll continue to get stronger. We think he'll work at everything he has to do which will help make him a better player. For a three technique guy in this system you have to have that quickness to invert the line and get across the line of scrimmage."

McCargo had a stress fracture in his foot which forced him to miss five games last season. Modrak addressed it.

"He passed his physical with our doctors," said Modrak. "And we're aware that he had an issue there. We've taken all of that into consideration and when we made the decision on him we discussed it."

When Dick Jauron was asked if he was better suited to play the three-technique (outside shade of the guard) or nose tackle Jauron offered the following.

"We see him playing the three (technique)," said Jauron. "Obviously we'll be playing in waves so we need guys that can play fast at that position as Tom (Modrak) said. We see him playing primarily the three technique. When we get him here and start working with him and he can hold up in camp at the one, then we'll start playing him at some of the one (technique) too. In pass rush situations we like to think that Tripplett and McCargo will both be out there."

Bills scout Joe Haering who is very tight with the N.C. State staff feels eventually McCargo could become a full time nose tackle.

"When I went through the first of the year watching film, on him every once in a while I thought that maybe McCargo was the best of the three just because he is big, would flash his quickness and do a lot of things," said Haering. "I said to the defensive line coach, 'I think that defensive tackle might be your best player at some point in time because he's got so much potential.'"

"He said, 'Yeah, he just needs to learn how to play and play more consistent,'" said Haering. "Well what happened was that at about five games into the year he got a foot injury. He missed six games in the middle of the year. My point is that this kid has a lot of upside, size, speed and is a good kid. In fact when I went down there for the spring workout, the coach brought him over to me and wanted me to talk to him.

The kid said, 'You know coach, I really didn't think I did as well I could have at Indianapolis so I am going to do everything here which the other kids did,'" Haering recalled. "So he did every drill there again. My point on this kid is that he is a good kid, young, hasn't played in as many games as you would have liked in college because he's a junior coming out and only played half of this year. But he has a lot of upside and I know as our coaches have talked about him he could be the three (technique) penetrator. I think in time that he could also be a nose tackle because he is a big kid that needs to get stronger and learn how to play a little. Get a little more technique work."

WHAT MCCARGO SAID: McCargo stated that his foot is 100 percent and he's ready to roll.

"I'm excited and thankful," said McCargo. "I'm just ready to play football. I'm excited to be a Buffalo Bill and get ready to do whatever it takes for my team."

The Bills second first round pick said he only met with the Bills at the combine and didn't make a personal visit.

When asked if he can play nose tackle as well as the three technique DT position, can you play the nose as well as the 3?

"I feel like I can do it all. I feel I can play inside and out. At N.C. State I was all around. I was over the center and over the guard and over the tackle. It was mostly a three-technique, two-technique, one-technique. I was all over."

Why he decided to declare for the draft

"I knew what I could do as a football player. I felt I had what it takes to be successful at the next level. My foot was 100 percent as well so that's why I decided to make the step to the next level."

In 2004: An academic All-ACC performer for 2004, he earned a 3.07 GPA for the fall semester ... Unheralded member of the Wolfpack defense that led the nation last season, he started 10 games and tallied 47 snaps while anchoring the line ... Tallied a season-high seven stops in the win at Virginia Tech while in for 60 snaps, he also had two tackles for loss in that contest ... Ranked third on the team with a dozen quarterback pressures. In 2003: One of the best surprises on the 2003 squad, he made great strides over the course of his first season of competition ... Earned Freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News ... Led the team with 16 quarterback pressures ... An honorable mention All-ACC choice who started all 13 games and tallied 14 tackles for loss, the second-highest total on the team ... Increased his productivity in the last seven games, tallying 38 tackles and 12 tackles for loss ... In for a season-high 74 snaps in the win over Virginia, he had a season-high eight tackles at No. 13 Florida State ... Made four stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack, at Georgia Tech ... Had six tackles, including four solo stops and one for a loss, to go with a pass breakup and three quarterback pressures against Kansas in the Tangerine Bowl ... Recipient of the Carey Brewbaker Award, which was given to the squad's most valuable defensive lineman ... Strong player who bench presses 410 pounds and boasts a 300-pound mark in the power clean.

In 2002: Redshirted the season at defensive line ... The co-recipient of the Most Dependable Defensive Lineman Award following spring workouts.

Prep: Recorded 60 tackles, including 16 for loss and six sacks as a senior for Coach Joe Freeland ... Caused four fumbles and recovered three ... As a fullback, had 98 carries for 648 yards and six touchdowns, as well as two receptions for nine yards ... Also converted on four of six PAT's ...Named first-team all-state ... Also tallied three sacks, caused two fumbles and recovered three fumbles ... As a fullback, had 16 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns, as well as a reception for five yards...Named second-team all-state ... Also played baseball, basketball, and ran track ... Advanced to the state championships in the shot put and discus as a junior, placing fourth in the discus ... Majoring in sports management ... Born 8/19/83.

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