NFP Scouting Series: NC State

For the rest of the summer, the National Football Post will be breaking down every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) to identify players who could warrant the most interest from NFL teams in the 2011 draft.

Therefore, today we take a look at the NC State Wolfpack.

Offense

WR Jarvis Williams: No. 5 (6-4, 219)
A tall, long-armed receiver who looks and plays as big as his frame would indicate. Is a coordinated wideout who does a nice job setting up his routes and displays some suddenness when asked to change directions. Showcases a good physicality level to his game as a route runner and loves when corners get physical with him down the field as he has the body control to slip the defender to quickly get behind them. Does a nice job not advertising his breaks, as well, and knows how to use his big body and long arms to extend and pluck the ball away from his body. However, to say he plays at one gear is an understatement. The guy struggles to get off the line of scrimmage, lacks any kind of burst out of his breaks and simply doesn’t have the kind of athleticism needed to separate for himself at the next level. Looks like a 4.7-plus guy to me on tape.

However, he does exhibit a real toughness about his game and is a good blocker on the outside in the run game. Works hard to stay on defenders and plays with some passion when asked to do the dirty work.

Impression: A big, tough college wideout who simply lacks the speed to separate in the NFL.

WR Owen Spencer: No. 13 (6-3, 185)
A long, lean wideout who loves to get vertical down the field and track the football. Is a strider who isn’t real explosive initially out of his stance, but he builds speed as he goes and showcases the ability to run under the throw. However, isn’t a real gifted straight-line athlete, looking more like a 4.5-plus guy on tape. Now, he does do a nice job changing gears, setting up cornerbacks and quickly getting his wheels turning, but isn’t a guy who will simply be able to outpace defenders in the NFL.

Isn’t a real polished route runner at this stage and lacks the kind of physicality/shiftiness needed to cleanly get off the line and into routes quickly. Seems to drift in and out of his breaks and doesn’t generate much of a burst for himself in the short/intermediate pass game. Makes a lot of his big plays vs. a free release in the slot where he can run at off coverage, but doesn’t look like the caliber of athlete to do the same in the NFL.

Impression: Has made his fair share of big plays throughout his career but doesn’t seem to have the kind of straight-line speed needed to threaten corners vertically down the field.

OT Jake Vermiglio: No. 70 (6-5, 325)
Isn’t real coordinated out of his stance, allows his pad level to get too high, flails his elbows in order to maintain balance and doesn’t keep his hands in front of his body. Isn’t real rangy off the edge and although he does a nice job using his length to get into defenders on the corner, he struggles to move his feet through contact and stick to blocks. Displays some natural strength at the point of attack when bull rushed and has the kind of girth to anchor with a little consistency despite his high pad level. However, he struggles to redirect in all areas of the game and isn’t a guy who can mirror in space.

Struggles to generate leverage on contact in the run game and lacks the type of athleticism/balance needed to stay on blocks through the play. Displays some natural coordination and power initially out of his stance with the ability to get his feet around and create a bit of a push. But too quickly falls off blocks after his initial surge .

Impression: Possesses good size and has some natural strength. But isn’t a real fluid or flexible athlete, so he will struggle in pass protection at the next level.

Defense

DE Michael Lemon: No. 94 (6-3, 267)
Lacks power at the point of attack and is consistently handled/driven off the football in the run game. Struggles to keep his base down, extend his arms into blocks and is easily sealed away from the play on the perimeter. Isn’t real explosive either off the snap. Doesn’t generate much of a pop on contact when trying to bull rush opposing linemen and fails to cleanly change directions as a pass rusher. Did exhibit some natural balance when asked to drop off into coverage on a zone-blitz, but lacked any kind of range or athleticism to make a play on the throw.

Impression: His inability to win individual matchups with any kind of consistency at the college level doesn’t bode well for his chances in the pros.

LB Nate Irving: No. 56 (6-1, 235)
A physical, wrap-up tackler who possesses impressive lower body strength with the ability to drive his legs through contact. Exhibits a good first step but displays only average straight-line speed in pursuit. However, he reads and reacts quickly to the play and is consistently getting good jumps on the football. Does a great job playing with leverage when taking on linemen in the hole and holding his ground at the point of attack. Is consistently working his way toward the play, even through contact, and uses his hands well to stack shed when needed. Also, plays the piano well down the line and keeps himself clean when shuffling his way through traffic.

Showcases fluid footwork in his drop and does a nice job keeping his feet under him and quickly redirecting out of his breaks. However, lacks great awareness and has a tendency to lose track of receivers behind him. Needs to do a better job feeling routes develop around him. Missed the 2009 season due to injuries he suffered in a car accident prior to the start of the year and it will be interesting to see if he has regained his form from 2008.

Impression: A physical outside linebacker who knows how to win at the point of attack and consistently makes plays on the ball. Has the makings of a starting inside or outside 4-3 linebacker at the next level — if he is 100% healthy.</p>

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