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Roster Eligibility: Defensive Line

We take a look at the roster eligibility for the defensive tackles and the defensive ends.

Our annual review of the roster eligibility, position by position. Each red block represents a year of eligibility and each black block represents a redshirt year available.

Defensive Tackles

Player Ht/Wt Year Position 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Nick McCann 6-2/300 RS Freshman Defensive Tackle
Mychealon Thomas 6-1/325 Senior Defensive Tackle
Broderick Washington 6-3/305 Sophomore Defensive Tackle
Joseph Wallace 6-1/320 Sophomore Defensive Tackle

Just not a lot of depth here at defensive tackle. Pretty sure they all need to wear bubble-wrap during spring practices. If I had to guess, if things get tight, Nelson Mbanasor and maybe Noah Jones, Eli Howard and Lonzell Gilmore and any other defensive ends that have put on some serious weight will get reps at defensive tackle. I think these guys need as many reps as humanly possible at these  positions. I really do want this to be a rotation.

I’m genuinely excited about each and every one of these players. I thought Washington was terrific, Wallace is a fire hydrant and difficult to move. Thomas has gotten his weight down and I’d guess that McCann is about as similar to Washington as a player can be. Now, we just need six more of these dudes, which I do think will happen in 2018.

Defensive Ends

Player Ht/Wt Year Position 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Nelson Mbanasor 6-3/270 Freshman Defensive End
Kolin Hill 6-2/250 Junior Defensive End
Kaleb Hill 6-1/227 Junior Defensive End
Houston Miller 6-4/240 RS Freshman Defensive End
Noah Jones 6-3/250 RS Freshman Defensive End
Zach Barnes 6-3/240 Senior Defensive End
Taylor Nunez 6-4/255 Senior Defensive End
Eli Howard 6-3/250 Sophomore Defensive End
Lonzell Gilmore 6-3/250 Sophomore Defensive End
Tyler Carr 6-5/250 Freshman Defensive Line
Michael Mays 6-1/250 Junior Defensive Line

I really will be interested in some of these weights when (and if) they are ever released. Miller, Jones, Howard and Gilmore could, conceivably, all play defensive end or defensive tackle, depending on how they have developed. Like a lot of you, I’m hoping that the new defensive line coach, whoever that is, wants to have big defensive ends bookmark the tackles and prior to Kevin Patrick taking the NC State job, he wanted Kolin Hill at the rush defensive end. Typically, that’s been a 230 to 240 pound linebacker. I would welcome some additional size but the pass rush needs to be there as well.

Regardless, I’m interested to see what happens here. If we get tandems of Howard and Kaleb Hill along with Miller and Jones or Gilmore or Mbanasor or Kaleb Hill, then I’ll take it. ¬†There’s a ton of options, but other than Kolin Hill, it’s largely unproven. That may not be such a bad thing.

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