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 13th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 13 selection in the 2006 mock draft is....CB Justin Byers
6-0, 175 pounds, 4.5-seconds in the 40
Vance High School, Charlotte, NC
Stats: As a junior, Byers totaled 75 tackles, and three interceptions. On offense he caught four passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and added two more scores on punt returns.
Scouting Report: Byers starred in the Vance backfield last year with Virginia signee Rico Bell. Along the way, Byers solidified himself as a pretty good ball player himself. The rising senior has very good instincts for a defensive back and seems to find a way to be in the right place at the right time. He has good acceleration and decent speed but doesn't have the prototypical cornerback build. Wouldn't be surprising to see him put on some weight in college and possibly move to free safety.
The Lowdown: Byers picked up an early offer from NC State but additional offers have seemingly been tough to come by as he makes the camp circuit this summer. He will attend Georgia, Georgia Tech and UNC before all is said and done. We think the Pack is the team to beat and they will be counting on their early offer as a major selling point down the road.
Byers Quote on the Wolfpack: "I text Coach Portee as often as I can and try to call him just to talk to him about everything. I mean, I just like NC State. When I go up there, I talk to my friend Rico Bell who is committed to Virginia, he said 'You know who wants you go to the school and almost every coach knows your name'. When I went up to NC State, the coaches walking around all said 'Hey Justin, how are you.'"