Brandan Bishop: 5 Things You Need to Know About the NC State Free Safety
Brandan Bishop put in four years as North Carolina State's starting safety, and he hopes to parlay his success with the Wolfpack into a place among the NFL's elite at the position.
Through an illustrious four seasons at NC State, Bishop netted 290 tackles with 8.5 coming for a loss, 12 interceptions, 25 passes defended, forced four fumbles and recovered one for a touchdown. Bishop ended his career at NC State tied for fourth all time in interceptions.
Here's a look at five things you must know about Bishop as he begins his journey into the NFL.
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
High School: Boca Raton High School
Major: Business Administration
Bishop played all four seasons at NC State, starting 50 games for the Wolfpack at free safety. In 2009, Bishop started eight games, which was the most among true freshmen.
2009: 10 games, 32 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 PDs
2010: 13 games, 66 tackles, 1 TFL, 4 interceptions, 6 PDs, 1 FF
2011: 13 games, 89 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 5 interceptions, 6 PDs, 1 FR, 1 TD, 1 FF
2012: 13 games, 103 tackles, 3 TFL, 3 interceptions, 10 PDs, 1 FF
Bishop's tackles steadily went up throughout his career at NC State, culminating in a 103-tackle senior season. Bishop was also steady and active in defending passes each season, as those numbers reflected the increased activity in each season.
Weight: 208 pounds
Arm Length: 29 3/8"
Hand Size: 8 5/8"
Pro Day results
40-Yard Dash: 4.59
Broad jump: 9'5"
Vertical jump: 32"
225-pound Bench Press: 22
3-Cone Drill: 6.89
While not receiving an NFL Scouting Combine invite, Bishop did do well at his pro day on the bench press. However, his 40-yard dash time isn't something that will excite general managers and coaches, nor will his three-cone drill time.
Bishop wasn't redshirted, but rather he was thrown into the fire, starting eight games and playing in 10 overall in his freshman season at NC State in 2009, where he was named to The Sporting News' All-Freshman ACC team.
Bishop played wide receiver in high school, catching 45 passes for 600 yards and eight touchdowns (per North Carolina State's Brandan Bishop biography).
Bishop certainly has the intelligence, discipline and awareness to play in the NFL. His big issue is the fact that he's not a very fast player and at times can come off a bit stiff.
This, at times, was a detriment at North Carolina State, where all it took was a receiver to make him take the wrong angle to catch him, forcing a missed tackle.
Despite that, Bishop seemed to have an eye on the potential big plays that came his way and was, for the most part, successful in stopping them, mainly with his length.
Bishop's leadership also stands out and will definitely be a plus with NFL coaches.
Follow Bishop on Twitter, @BBish30.
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