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Shyheim Battle declares for 2024 NFL Draft

Clemson v NC State Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

NC State cornerback Shyheim Battle announced Wednesday via unnecessarily long video that he’ll be skipping his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL Draft. Next season would have been Battle’s sixth in college.

With this announcement and Aydan White’s unpleasant decision to hit the portal, State officially has to replace both starting corners. I wasn’t optimistic enough to expect both back, but I was hoping for one of ‘em to build around. Those two guys have been such a luxury over the last couple seasons and such an important part to what the Pack does defensively, so replacing them at the same time is slightly less than ideal.

But NC State already has added a couple of defensive backs through the portal and probably won’t stop there—the Pack will head into next season with good potential at corner, just not much of it proven on the field.