Nate Irving has been waiting for this day since he was a little kid. The standout NC State linebacker is only hours away from the NFL draft, and now all he can do is wait and see when and where he will go. Wolfpack fans have idolized Irving for years now, but more than just the people in Raleigh have their eye on him now. Last season the All-ACC standout gave the nation a reason to remember his sophomore season, after sitting out the entirety of his junior campaign due to a tragic car accident. As a senior Irving led the nation’s college linebackers with 21.5 tackles for loss, led NC State with 7 sacks, and accumulated 92 tackles. Since the end of the season, Nate has added 10 pounds to his athletic frame, weighing in at 242 pounds. He also ran a 4.65 40-yard dash and also posted 27 repetitions of 225-pounds on the bench press.
At NC State’s Pro Day the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Baltimore Ravens came to Raleigh to watch Irving. Most of the analysts are rating Irving as an inside linebacker, and is a consensus Top-10 player at the position. Here is a breakdown of where many analysts are projecting Irving’s draft position:
In what seems to be shocking to a lot of analysts, Bill Parcells did an in depth breakdown of the draft by each position, and ranked Nate Irving as the #1 ranked inside linebacker and picked him to go in the first round. It seems like Parcells must have seen the same thing from Nate Irving that the rest of the Wolfpack Nation has believed for the past couple of years.
Stay tuned to the NFL draft over the next couple of days. We wish Nate the best of luck.