April 24, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. - The futures of a handful of former NC State football players will soon be decided, as the NFL Draft takes place this weekend. Since the Pack's bowl game in late December, former members of the 2012 team have been working out and preparing for the next step in their lives, hoping to hear their name called during the draft.
GoPack.com spoke with three seniors from last year's squad that attended the NFL Combine in February, and have been back in Raleigh a majority of the time training.
GoPack.com: Where will you be watching the draft?
Zach Allen: I'll be watching the draft back home (in Georgia), just relaxing with my family and trying to treat the whole process as a normal day.
Mike Glennon: I'll be at our beach house in Ocean City, Md., with family and my girlfriend. I just want to relax, try to take my mind off of everything.
Earl Wolff: I'll be in Fayetteville watching with family and friends. I have family coming from as far away as Boston and Philadelphia to be with us.
GoPack.com: What kind of contact have you had with NFL teams during this process?
Allen: I've talked to about 20-25 teams. Everybody wants to know how my ankle has healed and that I will be ready for training camp. My situation is a bit different, teams are asking more about my ankle then my play on the field at this point.
Glennon: I've visited two teams, and have had three other teams come down here to watch me workout.
Wolff: I visited three teams, and had four teams come down here for a workout. I keep hearing I can play both safety positions, because of my range and how hard I play.
GoPack.com: An educated guess, where do you think you will be drafted?
Allen: I have no idea when I will get picked, I'm just hoping that some team pulls the trigger and gives me a chance.
Glennon: It's hard to tell how the draft will go. Everybody is unsure how the QBs will be drafted. Best case scenario for me would be late first round, but you never know.
Wolff: As the weeks have gone on, I get more and more positive feedback about where I will be drafted. I think, right now, I would saying getting picked in the second or third round is my goal.
GoPack.com: Not long after the draft, you will go to your new team and take part in a rookie mini-camp. What will it feel like to strap on an NFL helmet?
Allen: Going to that first mini-camp will be a dream come true. Every little kid playing football wants to make it to the NFL. It's a profession for me now, a dream job.
Glennon: It will be exciting to be in a different situation, it's what I have been working so hard for.
Wolff: Strapping on a new helmet will be a great feeling, an exciting feeling. I have not always been the biggest or fastest player, but I have worked hard throughout my life and this weekend is the payoff.
Last season, the Pack set a school record with six former NC State players taken in the 2012 NFL Draft. T.J. Graham and Russell Wilson were both taken in the third round, Terrell Manning was a fifth round selection, and Audie Cole, Markus Kuhn and J.R. Sweezy were all picked in the seventh round of the draft.
The 2013 NFL Draft returns to primetime, with the first round taking place Thurs., April 25 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the second and third rounds on Fri., April 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Rounds 4-7 will be held Sat., April 27 at 12 p.m. ET. Watch it live on both ESPN and the NFL Network.
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