Scouting Report: Mike Stevens Jr. CB, North Carolina State

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)

SCOUTING REPORT

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.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

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.

CAREER STATS

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

 

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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