Terrell Manning broke the hearts of Wolfpack fans when he declared for the NFL draft back in January, forgoing his Senior season. Over the next four days, Manning will see if his choice bears fruit.
The NFL draft starts tomorrow at 8pm, and Manning is currently projecting to be drafted between the 4th and 5th rounds (CBSsports.com, WalterFootball.com, NFLDraftScout.com, and NFL.com). Manning had an impressive showing at the NFL Combine, receiving a grade of 75.2, which was the highest grade of any NC State player. Back on April 10th, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, said NFL teams are high on North Carolina State LB Terrell Manning, and he’s on the “fast track” to being a day-two draft pick.
Manning only started two seasons at NC State, but managed to leave his mark on the program in a short period of time. His 26 career tackles for loss ranks 16th in school history, and his 5 recovered fumbles ranks 10th. If he would have returned for his final season, he would have more than likely finished in the Top-10 in both sacks and tackles for loss.
Here is his overview from NFL.com:
Manning chose to forgo his senior year at NC State after two years as a consistent starter and a redshirt season in 2007. He has had some knee injuries in his career that have limited him at times, but he has been durable enough to not miss significant game time. He has prototypical size for the will position in a 4-3 defense, and has displayed the pass rushing skills to potentially put on weight and work that position in a 3-4 scheme. He is a run-first defender and has some slight issues in coverage, so it’s likely 3-4 defenses could find more value in his skills as an edge-setter and rusher. He has the carries fourth-round value because of his competitiveness, demeanor and skill set to be a special teams contributor.