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Payton Wilson’s Draft Stock is Up After the NFL Combine

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NC State All-American Linebacker Payton Wilson’s Draft Stock is up after his showing at the 2024 NFL Combine.

In case you missed it, Wilson ran a 4.43 second 40-yard dash, which was the fastest by any Linebacker at the Combine.

According to ProFootballFocus, at the Combine Wilson established himself as the Top Linebacker in the 2024 NFL Draft. While they don’t expect a Linebacker to be taken in the 1st Round (first time since 2011), if one were to be taken, they expect it would be Wilson.

STOCK UP: PAYTON WILSON, NC STATE
Wilson may have put to bed any debates about who the top linebacker in the 2024 NFL Draft is after his performance in Indianapolis. His 4.43-second 40-yard dash placed him in the 98th percentile for linebackers while his 1.54-second 10-yard split was in the 91st percentile. He was also above the 50th percentile in the vertical jump (34.5 inches) and broad jump (9-foot-11). The last draft where there weren’t any first-round linebackers was in 2011. While still unlikely, Wilson seems like the only prospect this year who can continue the streak. (PFF)

Here’s what NBC had to say about Wilson’s stock after the Combine:

It is hard to overstate Payton Wilson’s astounding 4.43 40-yard dash time at 6-3, 233 pounds. It stands as a 99.5th percentile mark, while his 1.54s 10-yard split places Wilson in the 98th percentile speed wise. A fifth-year player, Wilson graded out as a 90th percentile on-field performer in both coverage (90.4) and tackling (90.6) by PFF and was in a three-way competition with Texas A&M’s Edgerrin Cooper and Michigan’s Junior Colson to be the first off-ball linebacker selected. Though Cooper’s 9.34 overall Relative Athletic Score (RAS) was a very strong performance, Wilson’s 9.81 RAS at his jarringly-long proportions makes him a tantalizing proposition for any team in need of help in the middle of their defense. (NBC)

Cooper Petagna of 247Sports ranked Wilson as one of his “8 Biggest Winners” from the Combine.

 

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Former NC State G Terquavion Smith Earns a Spot on the 2023-23 NBA G-League All-Rookie Team

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Former NC State Guard Terquavion Smith earned a spot on the 2023-24 NBA G-League All-Rookie Team.

Smith averaged 22.3 points, 3.4 assists and 3 rebounds per game for the Delaware Blue Coats. What’s crazy, is that he only started in 3 of the 36 games he played in. With that being said, he averaged 30.7 minutes per game. Smith shot 35.6% from three.

As a 2-way player, Smith also played 16 games for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 3.3 points in 5.3 minutes per game. He shot 37.1% from three.

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NC State LB Payton Wilson Visited with the Steelers Yesterday

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Former NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson had a Top-30 visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. Wilson is the first Linebacker the Steelers have brought in.

Wilson has already had Top-30 visits with the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers.

PFF ranks Wilson as the #1 Linebacker in the 2024 Draft, and #26 on their Big Board.

1. LB PAYTON WILSONNC STATE

PFF BIG BOARD RANK: 26

Wilson has the length, movement ability, IQ and tape of a first-round linebacker. What will likely keep him from being drafted on Day 1 is his injury history and age. If healthy, he can be a starting inside linebacker in any defense. (PFF)

Will someone take Wilson in the 1st round? Will he be a 2nd round pick? If he slips past that, that’s just stupid.

 

 

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NC State’s DJ Horne Declares for the NBA Draft

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NC State Guard DJ Horne has officially declared for the 2024 NBA Draft.

 

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Horne is trying to become the first Wolfpack player to be drafted since Dennis Smith Jr. was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 6th pick in the 1st Round.

While Horne might not currently be projected to be drafted, he is trying to change that tune at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament which begins tomorrow.

Horne is a special player, and genuinely possesses the skill set to compete at the next level. Whether he is drafted, or signs a 2-way contract, what he put on tape this year warrants a chance.





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Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is Receiving Interest from NFL Teams

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Former NC State Defensive End Savion Jackson is receiving interest from NFL teams. Thus far, those teams are the Rams, Chargers, 49ers, and Broncos.

Last season as a Senior, Jackson had 40 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 12 games for the Wolfpack. His Run Defense grade on PFF was 80.6, ranking 4th on the team.

According to current projections, Jackson projects to be taken on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft, or picked up as an Undrafted Free Agent.

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