Number: #2 | Hometown: Charlotte, NC | Height: 5114 | Weight: 190 | Arm: 0834 | Hand: 3014 | Wingspan: 7500 | Birthdate: 11/21/95 | Twitter: @mikestevensii | Trainer: Bommarito Performance Systems | Agent: Harold Lewis (National Sports Agency)
A fiery, high energy player that teammates feed off of, this prospect demonstrates the ability to play strong man coverage, while flashing excellent closing speed and sound tackling. He could play a variety of roles at the next level, including slot corner with his proven experience in coverage, strong safety with his tackling ability or special teams ace with his acceleration and burst to the football. He clearly understands how to make a clean play on the ball without being flagged for penalty and adapts well to badly thrown balls, putting his quick reactions to good use. He has done well against taller foes despite his size, showing off his vertical game and ability to contest jump balls. He also does a nice job utilizing the sideline as an extra defender; he’s been coached up well by defensive backs coach George Barlow. A three-year starter with 32 career starts under his belt for the Wolfpack, he endured a late knee injury during the last week of fall camp in 2017, which caused him to miss the first four games of the season. His backpedal has some room for improvement, as he can be more fluid and efficient with his footwork. He’ll also need to bulk up his frame a bit more for the next level of competition and continue to get stronger. He had an outstanding week of practice at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, proving to be a capable cover corner, both during one-on-one drills and seven-on-seven scrimmages—he seems to excel against top competition (see 2016; FSU, ND, UNC, Louisville). He played more snaps than any other defensive player on the team in ’16, despite missing one game due to a knee injury. Held opposing receivers to 4.33 yards per target (second in ACC). Also played wide receiver in high school and ran track. Has a younger brother, Matt who is a freshman linebacker at NC State. The leg injury suffered during his senior season could dampen his draft grade a bit, making him a borderline day three/priority free agent heading into his pro day.
2017 (Sr.): Started all eight games he played in … Totaled 23 tackles, one tackle for loss, recorded one interception and had seven pass breakups.
2016 (Jr.): Started every game of the regular season before missing the Independence Bowl with an injury … Played more snaps in 2016 (805) than any other returning player on defense (despite missing one whole game) … Picked off his second career pass at No. 3 Clemson and returned it 28 yards for a score in that overtime game.
2015 (So.): Started 10 games at corner … Tied for the team lead in passes broken up.
2014 (Fr): Saw increased action in the last five games at corner, he was in for 89 of his 137 snaps in the last four games … Had a pair of big pass breakups in the bowl win over UCF.
High School: Played defensive back and wide receiver for coach Chad Grier at Davidson Day … Helped team to a 12-1 record as a senior and the school’s third straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II championship … Finished third in the 100-meter dash for the small independent schools’ state track meet as a junior … Career Stats: Recorded 15 career interceptions and had 2,698 all-purpose yards and 35 total touchdowns … Senior Stats: Posted 39 tackles and three interceptions. 66 receptions for 1,334 yards and 18 touchdowns … Junior Stats: Had 71 tackles and five interceptions … Honors: Named to the NCISAA all-state team on both defense and offense … Rankings: No. 167 athlete nationally by ESPN.com …
Personal: Brother, Matt, joined the team in January of 2016. Major is Sports Management.
YEAR GMS TCK TFL INT TD BU
2017 8 23 1 1 0 7
2016 9 28 1 1 1 4
2015 12 21 .5 1 0 5
2014 4 6 0 0 0 2
Career 33 78 2.5 3 1 18