Scouting the ACC: North Carolina State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Wolfpack are on the rise and, over the next 12 months, will surprise in the national rankings as well as war rooms around the NFL.

While the name Bradley Chubb is the first to roll off the tongue when speaking of top prospects from North Carolina State, the defensive line has three players who could be top-125 picks over the next two years and another pair of prospects who’ll attend NFL camps.

Let’s start with Chubb, who reminds me of a better version of Derek Barnett, selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 14th selection of April’s draft.

Chubb is a long-framed pass rusher who plays with a large degree of athleticism. He’s fast off the edge, easily changes direction and catches ball handlers from the backside. Rarely off his feet, Chubb plays with terrific fundamentals and does a solid job against the run. Occasionally stood over tackle, he makes plays in space when necessary.

I was surprised Chubb chose not to enter April’s draft and returned for his senior season. Good results this year could push him into the top dozen picks of 2018.

B.J. Hill is rated as a late-round pick by a number of scouts, but I completely disagree. The defensive tackle offers next-level size and quickness and flashes power. I’ve seen Hill bull-rush double-team blocks, penetrate the line of scrimmage and constantly make plays on the ball.

I fully believe he’s worthy of being a third-round pick at this point.

Justin Jones rounds out the trio and offers potential as a conventional defensive tackle or three-technique lineman. Jones explodes off the snap, plays with great leverage and penetrates the line of scrimmage to make plays in the backfield or outside the box.

The Wolfpack have several very good prospects on offense including receiver Stephen Louis and receiver/running back/return specialist Nyheim Hines, but none compare to left tackle Tyler Jones.

The junior displays terrific footwork and lateral range in pass protection as well as explosion as a run blocker. Jones also shows a lot of skill blocking in motion, which may be a necessity as he barely measures 6-foot-3 and could eventually be kicked inside to guard on Sundays.

Keep an eye on JuMichael Ramos, a solid receiver kept on the sidelines with injury last season.