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 spots , safeties 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!
|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.