Photo of Earl Wolff
Drafted By: Eagles
  • Round 5
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 136

Combine Results

Grade
63.4 ?
  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 39.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 134.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.07 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Wolff ran well at the NFL Scouting Combine (4.44 seconds in 40-yard dash). He's a very smart player with outstanding athletic ability, which was demonstrated by his 39-inch vertical jump. He was a very productive three-year starter at N.C. State, and could work into the starting lineup in his first NFL season." -- Gil Brandt

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 209LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Wolff was a two-way star at Hoke County High School in North Carolina, running for nearly 1,000 yards as a senior while also racking up five interceptions and seven forced fumbles as a defender. Though his tenacity and athleticism would have made him an intriguing power runner at the college level, it was obvious to Wolfpack coaches that they needed his movement skills and attitude in the secondary -– and now NFL scouts are thinking the same thing.



He contributed heavily as a redshirt freshman in 2009, starting four games (42 tackles, two passes defended). Wolff earned the starting boundary safety spot in 2010, as well as the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back award for his efforts (95 tackles, 4.5 for loss, two sacks, interception, three forced fumbles). ACC coaches gave him honorable mention notice in 2011, as he started all 13 games again and accumulated 105 tackles, three for loss, three interceptions, three pass break-ups, and three forced fumbles. Wolff's senior season, which earned him first-team All-ACC honors, included 119 tackles, two interceptions, and eight passes broken up.

Analysis

Strengths

Solidly built defender able to make plays against the run and pass. Physical tackler coming downhill to attack ballcarriers, not afraid to bring intensity to the stop. Diagnoses and attacks. Breaks down quickly and wraps up the legs of receivers effectively to bring them down quickly after the catch. Uses relentless hustle to reach plays, even if on the opposite sideline. Flashes quickness to move from two-deep to a single-high look after the snap, as well as pick up vertical routes and stay with receivers in deep coverage. Displays sound footwork and technique in coverage. Aware zone defender who watches the quarterback and keeps an eye out for targets in his area. Has physical nature and athleticism to contribute on special teams immediately.

Weaknesses

Only average height for the position. Stronger backs can run through his tackles, especially when he leaves his feet. Fails to make the more difficult interception where he needs to go low or extend from his frame to bring in the ball. Must prove himself able to get off blocks when playing around the line of scrimmage.

NFL Comparison

Yeremiah Bell

Bottom Line

The two-way high school star gave up toting the ball upon his arrival in Raleigh, and opposing offenses wish he hadn’t. 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.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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