Earl Wolff: 5 Things You Need to Know About the North Carolina State SS
Earl Wolff is an exceptional athlete. A track star in high school, he transferred that athleticism into a strong career playing safety at North Carolina State.
While not considered an elite safety prospect, he has the physical tools to be a mid-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
Let's find out more about the former Wolfpack star.
Full Name: Earl Wolff
Birthday: December 15
Hometown: Raeford, N.C.
High School: Hoke County High
College: North Carolina State
Major: Sports management
Year: Graduate student
A redshirt freshman at NC State, Wolff graduated with his degree in three-and-a-half years. He earned first-team All-ACC honors in his final season with the Wolfpack.
2009: 42 tackles (24 solo), 0 INTs, 2 PD (passes defended), 0 FF (forced fumbles)
2010: 85 tackles (53 solo), 1 INTs, 3 PD, 3 FF
2011: 105 tackles (59 solo), 3 INTs, 6 PD, 3 FF
2012: 119 tackles (75 solo), 2 INTs, 9 PD, 0 FF
Wolff steadily improved every year. He finished his career with the third-most solo tackles (211) and the fifth-most total tackles (361) in the ACC since 2005.
Weight: 209 pounds
Arm Length: 31.5"
Hand Size: 9.125"
NFL Combine Results
40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds
Broad jump: 134 inches
Vertical jump: 39 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.07 seconds
NC State Pro Day Results
Vertical jump: 36 inches
Three-cone drill: 6.96 seconds
Wolff did not compete in the bench press and three-cone drill at the NFL Scouting Combine. However, his results in the other events were notable. He finished third and 10th overall in the broad jump and vertical jump, respectively. His 40-yard dash time of 4.44 seconds was second among safeties.
He was unable to repeat his combine vertical jump during the NC State pro day, but he tallied an impressive 6.96 seconds in the three-cone drill.
NFL combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
NC State pro day results courtesy of NFLdraftscout.com.
Wolff was named all-conference running back and all-region safety at Hoke County High School. He rushed for 997 yards and nine touchdowns his senior year.
All-conference in track, he finished fifth in the state of North Carolina in the long jump and triple jump in 10th grade.
He earned the Wolfpack's Most Outstanding Defensive Back award in 2010.
NC State head coach Tom O'Brien called him "the heart of the defense."
Information provided by GoPack.com.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projects Wolff to be drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
From his draft profile at NFL.com: "The three-year starter is willing to attack ballcarriers in space or in the backfield and can make plays in the secondary, meaning he has a chance to start in the NFL as a mid-round pick."
He reminds Derek Stephens of CBSSports.com of retired safety Deon Grant. Stephens said, "When I look at Wolff, I see a guy with instincts, toughness and athleticism that remind me of Grant, who made an 11-year career for himself as a strong run defender that didn't make a lot of mistakes in coverage."