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Earl Wolff: 5 Things You Need to Know About the North Carolina State SS

Mike StangerCorrespondent IApril 26, 2013

Earl Wolff: 5 Things You Need to Know About the North Carolina State SS

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    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.

Background

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    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.

Statistics

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    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.

     

    Stats courtesy of NFL.com and Sports-Reference.com. 

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 5'11"

    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.

Interesting Facts

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    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.

Observations

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    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."

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