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NC State's 2015 depth chart: Summarizing what we know so far

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NC State's painstaking release of a depth chart is ongoing, with some big questions still unanswered--or really just one: how's the wide receiver position shaking out? We know the bulk of the two-deep at this point; the latest reveals came Thursday for the QB/RB spotssafeties and nickel, and the linebackers.

Here, in table form, the extent of the depth chart that's been made public so far (I went ahead and penciled in Jack Tocho and Juston Burris at CB, though they've not officially released the pecking order for that position group yet.):

The full depth chart!

1st-string 2nd-string 3rd-string
QB Jacoby Brissett Jalan McClendon
RB Matt Dayes Dakwa Nichols Reggie Gallaspy
FB Jaylen Samuels Max Stoffer
TE David Grinnage Cole Cook Benson Browne
LT Joe Thuney Emanuel McGirt
LG Alex Barr Garrett Bradbury
C Quinton Schooley Terrone Prescod
RG Tony Adams Bryce Kennedy
RT Josh Richardson Tyler Jones
WR Nyheim Hines Gavin Locklear Ben Grazen
WR Bra'Lon Cherry or Johnathan Alston Elliott Davis or Vernon Grier
WR Jumichael Ramos Maurice Trowell Freddie Simmons
DE Mike Rose Darian Roseboro Emmanuel Olenga
DE Bradley Chubb Pharoah McKever James Smith-Williams
DT Kentavius Street Justin Jones Coult Culler
DT BJ Hill Monty Nelson Eurndraus Bryant
MLB Jerod Fernandez M.J. Salahuddin or Ford Howell
WLB Airius Moore Ernie Robinson or Riley Nicholson
NICKEL Dravious Wright Freddie Phillips
CB Jack Tocho Niles Clark
CB Juston Burris Mike Stevens
FS Hakim Jones Germaine Pratt
SS Josh Jones Shawn Boone

I realize the 2015 season has not even started so this is perhaps a wee bit premature, but it's difficult to look at this and not get excited about the Wolfpack's defense in 2016 and 2017. There are two upperclassmen in the defensive line's three-deep. Two. Only Mike Rose is a senior this year. There are no seniors in the linebacker group. Burris and Hakim Jones are out the door as graduates in the secondary, but that's it.

Maybe 2015 is the defense's year--there's talent enough for a breakthrough--but regardless, these guys have the potential to be very good as roster depth and continuity converge in 2016.