With the 2006 NFL draft now passed, the staff at Pack Pride will take a draft-like look at the prospects NC State is targeting for the class of 2007. We have researched the recruiting needs for the class of 2007 and the early names 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 2007. 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 19th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 19 selection in the 2006 mock draft is....OL Doug Weaver
6-7, 285 pounds, 5.3-seconds in the 40
Person High School, Roxboro, NC
Scouting Report: Along with Trinton Sturdivant, Landon Walker and Desmond Roberts, Doug Weaver is a member of the big four offensive line prospects for the class of 2007. The key word with Weaver is potential. He has a tremendous frame and with time in a strength and conditioning program, could emerge as a monster. Will need time to develop speed and quickness but plays tough and with a nasty disposition. At times Weaver can be dominating on the high school level. Looks more comfortable in run blocking but pass blocking is adequate.
The Lowdown: Weaver originally committed to Duke but has since reneged on that when the Blue Devils refused to allow him to check out other schools. He has collected scholarship offers from NC State, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Maryland in addition to Duke. The Pack appears to be a major player for Weaver and is solidly in his top five. The fact Weaver wants to stay close to home could be a major selling point for NC State. He has also built a solid relationship with Curt Cignetti and OL coach Pat Meyer could weigh in the Pack's favor as well.
Weaver Quote on the Wolfpack: "I went and watched them at a scrimmage, and I like the way they get after it. I like their intensity. I love the equipment there, and the stadium is getting bigger. They also talked to me about a new major they've got, and I've got a lot of interest in that. It's called Sports Management, and I think they just started it within the last few years so I've been looking into that. I really like what the program has done. It was a little shaky after Philip (Rivers) left but that's going to happen to a lot of teams when you lose a player like that. I'm really excited to see how they do this year."