According to ESPN.com, NC State junior defensive end Mario Williams will be the No. 1 pick in tomorrow's NFL Draft. The Houston Texans have already agreed to terms with Williams on a deal.
FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer is reporting that it is a five-year deal with an option for a sixth worth $26.5 in guaranteed money, but that could go well over $60 million in bonuses provided that Williams performs at a certain level.
"All along, I knew I had a chance," Williams said of being the first pick. "I always expected this. I always thought, ‘Why not me?' That's how I felt.
"I know I'm going to bring productivity to the Texans and help them win games. I'm just so excited to be a Texan now."
"First off, I'd like to say it's an honor to be here today. I thank God for every opportunity to be a Texan right now, and to be in front of you all, and just being in Houston. Like he was saying about the defense, you know it's very important. You have to build a team around the defense. I'm just excited to fill that position. It's just an honor to be here."
Manny Lawson heard his named called by the San Francisco 49ers when they made him the 22nd pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Did you see this coming; did you think you would be a 49er?
"In the beginning I was working at the Senior Bowl and some of the coaches seemed interested and I had some premonitions but then when they didn't work me out personally, and I wasn't invited there as a personality case, I started to have my doubts."
"With our second pick of the day and the 22nd pick in the draft we took Manny Lawson. Manny very much like Vernon Davis is a player that has a lot of measurables that are very positive, the height, weight, speed and all that is there. The next two things which are most important are that he is a very good football player and also a great character person. Both the players we drafted so far have accomplished a lot of things in their college careers. At looking at them both we have done a very good job. It is evident that as the choice was getting closer that we made the right decision of moving up from #37 to #22, because Manny would not have been there at #37. Although we have other players targeted they all would not have made it to that #37 spot either. I am very pleased that Denver gave us a call and certainly glad that we made the move that we did, because we would not have been able to make that trade today, so that worked out in our favor."
WHAT WAS SAID ABOUT 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."
The Miami, Florida, native played in 35 games in his three-year career, starting 18 contests. The weakside linebacker was a first- team All-ACC performer in 2005 and was named the MVP of the Meineke Car Care Bowl after notching a game-high 15 tackles, including five for loss and three sacks) and forcing and recovering a fumble.
(on his role with the Titans)
With talking to the coaches briefly, they're looking for me to come in there and not only be just be a special teams guy, but to come in there and compete for a position and that's what I intend on doing.
Wolfpack senior T.J. Williams has been selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Hudson earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2005, playing primarily cornerback for the Wolfpack. Hudson ranked third in the league in passes defended with 12 (two INTs and 10 PBUs), and projects as a corner or free safety on the next level.
NC State seniors Brian Clark and Oliver Hoyte signed free agent contracts after not being selected in the 2006 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-5, 332-pound offensive tackle played in 25 games (22 starts) during his collegiate career at North Carolina State. He started all 11 games at right tackle as a senior for the Wolfpack.
Hall was a three-year starter at NC State, and enjoyed his best season as a sophomore with Philip Rivers at quarterback. In 2003, Hall totaled 69 receptions for 799 yards and seven scores, and he also returned two punts for touchdowns. Only consensus All-American Torry Holt and Jerricho Cotchery ever had more catches in a season at NC State.