'06 NFL Draft Watch: NC State

For the first time under coach Chuck Amato, the Wolfpack failed to make it into the postseason last year. A suffocating defense and experience on offense should change that situation in 2005. Several quality middle-round prospects reside on the roster, which also possesses two very early selections from the defensive side of the ball. 

Scouting the ACC: North Carolina State 

North Carolina State offers two tight ends with contrasting styles.  T.J. Williams is a nice-sized athlete and natural receiver who makes the difficult reception.  Flashing the ability to make plays into the secondary, he blocks with sound fundamentals. Williams is marginally strong and must smooth out the rough edges of his game, but good postseason workouts will secure a spot for him in the draft's first day. 

John Richter is a traditional blocking tight end that plays with leverage and gets underneath defenders.  Strong at the point, he controls opposing linemen and gets movement from run blocks.  Not much of a pass catching threat, Richter is a late-round choice that will be brought onto the field as a short-yardage blocker at the next level. 

Senior receiver Brian Clark is a nice sized pass-catcher with consistent hands.  Moving into the starting lineup this year, he has potential as a fifth receiver in the NFL. 

Tramian Hall is used at several positions and the pass catcher has abilities at the next level as a return specialist. 

Senior signal caller Jay Davis is a solid pocket passer with adequate arm strength.  Showing flashes of skill last year, he must improve his pass placement, accuracy and decision-making to be a draft pick next April. 

Center Leroy Harris and tackle Derek Morris are a pair of linemen to keep an eye on for the future.  

The defensive side of the ball for North Carolina State has NFL scouts excited. 

Junior Mario Williams is a tremendous athlete and a disruptive force up front.  Very quick off the snap, he displays good lateral movement skills and makes positive plays in any direction of the field.  Collapsing from the outside to defend the run, he can also drop off the line and play in space.  Handled at the point, Williams must add strength and bulk to his frame yet possesses plenty of growth potential.  He presently sits as a top-20 selection and could move much higher with a big campaign in 2005, assuming the junior enters the draft. 

Manny Lawson is another solid athlete who flashes quickness and is constantly focused on by opponents.  Playing with a good degree of suddenness, Lawson gets leverage on opponents and is rarely off his feet.  A tough lineman to stop once he gets going, Lawson has potential at a variety of positions and several different schemes at the next level.  He will be a very early draft pick.  Depending on his size/speed numbers (Blesto presently lists him at 240 pounds/4.55) Lawson could make the move to outside linebacker. 

Oliver Hoyte is a speedy defender who displays solid sideline-to-sideline range.  Fast in any direction, Hoyte is effective on the blitz and fires up the field filling gaps in run defense the outside linebacker spot.  Needing to improve his playing strength, Hoyte is taken from the action by opposing fullbacks and his pass cover skills are also deficient. 

Finally Marcus Hudson is a versatile defensive back that can be used at either safety or cornerback.  Taking good angles to the action, he is an intelligent football player with solid ball skills.  Possessing a burst of speed, Hudson keeps the action in front of him and helps out in run defense.  Hudson does struggle in man coverage, doing a lot of chasing when the ball is in the air.  He looks best in an NFL zone defense and has first-day potential next April.

NC State Prospect List

 Name Pos # Yr
Brian Clark WR 87 4Sr
Jay Davis QB 10 5Sr
Tramian Hall WR 21 5Sr
Leroy Harris C 64 4Jr
Oliver Hoyte OLB 22 4Sr
Marcus Hudson S 1 5Sr
Manny Lawson DE 91 4Sr
Derek Morris T 71 3Jr
John Richter TE 15 5Sr
T.J. Williams TE 80 4Sr
Mario Williams DE 9 3Jr


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