Terrell Manning to Packers: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
Former North Carolina State outside linebacker Terrell Manning is 6'2", 237 pounds.
According to a CBS Sports scouting report, Manning possesses good athleticism, displays a natural feel for pass-rushing and shows nice lateral agility.
He is good hitter with some explosiveness to him and can dislodge the football. More than anything, he is some terrific unrefined potential to develop into a very solid NFL player.
On the other hand, Manning shows subpar instincts and needs to make plays more frequently. He struggles to avoid blockers when on the chase and takes questionable angles. He needs to become a more consistent tackler and find a way to enhance his awareness in pass coverage to be a serviceable player in the league.
There is at least some injury concern following a knee injury he suffered last season against South Alabama. He underwent minor surgery, however, and came back to finish the season for NC State.
That was not the first time he had suffered a knee injury. In 2008, he was redshirted after injuring his knee during his final high school football game.
Manning's rookie impact and projection is a bit blurry. He has the ability to start from day one, but it will depend how quickly he comes along during the offseason, training camp and preseason.
At the very least, he looks to stick as an athletic depth linebacker and a special-teams contributor.
Manning has the raw athleticism that's necessary to succeed in the NFL, but some question his instincts and play-making abilities. Luckily for the Packers, their linebacking corps is already pretty stout so this pick adds depth and a special-teams contributor at the very least.
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