FS Earl Wolff, One Howl of a Pick

Posted: April 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 118 Comments »

I hope that title is so bad that it lives up to my usual standards.

The Eagles added Earl Wolff in the 5th round. Good pick. He has the potential to be a starter in the NFL. The thing that jumps out at you when you watch Wolff is his explosion. He had a 38-inch vertical at the Combine and you see that on the field. When  he sees a target and starts upfield, Wolff flies for the first few steps. He explodes. Not all guys have that.

Wolff ran 4.44. I don’t think you see that speed on tape. He’s fast for a Safety, but 4.44 is CB speed. I don’t see it.

Safety is a position where brains and brawn can be far more important than speed. Wolff sees the field pretty well. He doesn’t seem to get consistently burned by fakes. He mostly takes good angles when pursuing the ball. There are some plays when he’s out of position. As far as tackling, Wolff’s best quality is that he’s a wrap-up tackler. He isn’t a guy who goes the for the highlight hits. Wolff wants to get in close and secure his target, then put the guy on the ground. He does miss some tackles. Sometimes due to a sloppy angle, sometimes due to sloppy form.   

I don’t see him as an impact hitter. He doesn’t like to sell out for the highlight plays. That’s okay. Wolff isn’t a finesse player that avoids contact. He can hit. He just tends to be more of a tackler than a hitter. Coaches will tell you that they prefer players who do that. Old school football.

I don’t have a good feel for Wolff’s ball skills. He finished his career with 6 INTs and 14 PBUs. I saw one pick. Showed good hands, but nothing special. I’ll go back and re-watch the Combine to get a better feel for his hands.

Wolff has FS skills, but he can play in the box. He’s not shy about contact or playing in traffic. He is 5-11 and 209. That is tweener size. Big enough for SS, but still athletic enough for FS. Wolff was highly productive in terms of tackles. He led NC State in tackles in 2012 and was second in 2011. He finished his career with 361 stops (211 solo). He did have 12 career TFLs.  The stat that jumped out at me was 7 career FFs. That shows the ability to separate the ball from the runner/receiver. He only had 1 in 2012, but 3 each in 2011 and 2010.

Chip Kelly said that DBs coach Jon Lovett did go put Wolff through an individual workout. Kelly spoke to some coaches on the NC State staff, including Dana Bible. They all spoke very highly of Wolff. He started the last 3 full seasons of his career and even 4 games as a Redshirt Freshman. He’s got a ton of experience. Wolff graduated in December and seems to be a high character guy.

Good pick. Wolff will fight for a backup Safety spot this year and could develop into a starter down the road. He should be a good STs player.

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  • ICDogg

    “I hope that title is so bad that it lives up to my usual standards.”

    It most certainly does.

  • Baloophi

    “Wolf” needs an extra “F” in the headline… for “Franchise.”

    • TommyLawlor

      Fixed.

      • Cheesesteak

        Would’ve been much cooler if you replied “FFixed’….just sayin

  • Baloophi

    Alternative:

    “Hungry Like the Wolff… for tackles!”

    • Baloophi

      “The Cowboy who Cried Wolff.”

      God… I kinda hope the kid busts so we don’t have to keep coming up with these…

    • Arby1

      That’s the worst reach I’ve seen since the EJ Manuel pick.
      Hey now.

      • Baloophi

        Ha! I was grasping at straws there… the Jerry Jones draft strategy.

  • ICDogg

    Well, if you want to write about how he does the safety blitz, it could be:

    “Wolff: Blitzer.”

    • Baloophi

      Yes! Fantastic…

    • TommyLawlor

      Baloophi is so jealous he didn’t think of that.

    • ACViking

      that cannot be topped.

  • deg0ey

    “Big enough for SS, but still athletic enough for FS. ”

    Isn’t that what everyone’s looking for these days? Seems like a solid addition. Presumably this means the end of Colt at the very least, possibly Kurt is gone too.

    • Baloophi

      No way! You don’t want a Colt and a Wolff in your secondary?!?!?

    • ICDogg

      Colt is a superior STer, wouldn’t count him out

      • deg0ey

        I just feel like with Chip’s emphasis on getting everyone to play ST, there’ll be too many guys on the roster that can contribute in that area whilst not being dead weight in the other phases of the game for Colt to stay on the roster.

    • TommyLawlor

      Colt is a STer and backup Safety. Wolff shouldn’t affect him.

      Kurt should be very nervous.

      • deg0ey

        You think they keep 5 S? Phillips, Chung, Allen, Wolff, Anderson?

        I figured that there wouldn’t be any pure ST jobs anymore and Wolff/Allen have backup safety ‘covered’.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jakwaggoner Jack Waggoner

          I would say let them settle that in preseason.

  • D-von

    ” A Wolff in sheep’s clothing.”

    • ICDogg

      “Afraid of the Big Bad Wolff”

  • Baloophi

    When we go single high safety, we can call it the “Lone Wolff.”

    • TommyLawlor

      Or just…McQuade.

    • damccomas

      El Lobo Solo….

  • Baloophi

    “Who’s Afraid of North Carolina Wolff?”

  • Baloophi

    If we trade for Patrick Peterson, we can go with “Peterson and the Wolff.”

  • Baloophi

    “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your tight end down.”

    • D-von

      “The Romo who cried Wolff”

  • GermanEagle

    Didn’t he have a 39 inch vertical?! Also interesting that he was Mayock’s sleeper in this safety class and that he would go in the 3rd or 4th round.

    • Baloophi

      And to be clear, your people would pronounce “Wolff” as “Voolf” correct?

      • GermanEagle

        Correct! ;)

  • D-von

    Now if we draft Rambo, we could have the best safety tandem name:
    “Rambo Wolff”

  • http://twitter.com/MFlicker Mike Flick

    I got bad flashbacks when they mentioned Dana bible.

    • TommyLawlor

      Anyone from 1998 did.

  • ACViking

    Re: Bill Walsh on what to look for in a young QB (reposted – apologies, T-LAW)

    About 200 words. Worth a read.

    Here’s the link:
    http://www.sportsxchange.com/DS97/walsh/walsh2qb.htm

  • David H

    Do you read anything into Kelly said he talked to Foles after they drafted Barkley, but not saying anything about talking to Vick?

    • D-von

      what do you think that means?

      • David H

        I was 90% sure that Vick would be the starter to begin this year. You just don’t pay someone that kind of money to backup. However with the drafting of Barkely, which is relevant because of the style of QB he is, and then the information that he checked in with Foles (and probably not Vick) right after the pick makes me start to lean 60% towards Foles starting this year.

        • D-von

          I agree. Looking at how Chip wants to use TEs, Vick looks less likely to be starter. But you never know

    • TommyLawlor

      I wondered about that. Maybe not a big deal to Vick since he’s just here for a year, but Foles is here for 3 more years.

      • David H

        Yay! Thanks for answering my first ever comment! Now that’s service

  • ACViking

    DANA BIBLE . . .

    Ah, the memories.

  • ACViking

    T-Law:

    Illinois OLB/DE Michael Buchanan is the first college player whom I remember you saying had been interviewed by the Eagles coaches — and that pointed to a switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4.

    He’s on the board still. Had — like Barkley — a much better junior than senior year.

    Let’s go with “Buck” Buchanan in the 7th.

    • D-von

      Don’t Jinx it!

      • ACViking

        I hate Buchanan . . . he’s a bum.

        Will that help?

    • HazletonEagle

      Buchanan, Mauti, Poyer, DaRick…give me 3 of those 4

      • ACViking

        RaRick’s a “character question” guy.

        So far Chipper’s stayed away from those types of players.

        Talent wise, great pick

        Would love to see Poyer in green.

        • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

          Yeah, but this late in the draft, why the hell not?

          • HazletonEagle

            I remember saying in another thread as we entered the 3rd round that it might be worth the flyer on him.
            Well, now its the 7th round…

  • NoDecaf

    Ok Tommy, I guess we’ll see a “Best of the Rest,” closer to round 7?

  • ACViking

    Re: 49ers & Seahawks

    Looking at what the 49ers and Seahawks have done this year . . . rich getting richer.

    I don’t ever remember thinking that when the Eagles would have 9+ picks.

    I just remember hearing how crafty they were moving up and down the board.

  • Baloophi

    My wish for next season is for Shahid Khan to fire David Caldwell and become the new Al Davis, making crazy picks hither and yon.

    Oh, and that the Eagles win the Super Bowl.

    • ACViking

      As part of that, will Khan be wearing black-green polyester warm-ups?

      • Baloophi

        Oh I think that’s a requirement!

        • ACViking

          And the shades, right?

          • Baloophi

            I think the shades come off right before he announces his pick, then go right back on.

          • ACViking

            Vitalis?

          • Baloophi

            I’m thinking that – curiously – he’s in a hair net or shower cap.

          • ACViking

            So it’s Al Davis BEFORE he leaves the house?

          • Baloophi

            I just want to give Shahid room to create his own character…

            Also, instead of being obsessed with speed, he should be obsessed with weight.

          • ACViking

            You’ve crafted a very impressive image for SK.

            And he’s rain-proof.

    • NoDecaf

      KHANNNNNNNNN!!!

      • laeagle

        I wish I could have upvoted that x100.

  • austinfan

    The nice thing is Wolff has the size and speed to immediately contribute on special teams while he learns how to play safety.

    5’11 209 lbs is a full sized safety, I wouldn’t call him a “tweener,” that applies more to 200 lb college strong safeties who lack the speed for FS.

    He tested like a great athlete, better than most top CBs, if he merely plays like a good athlete, that’s just fine.

    • Baloophi

      Great point.

      Kelly said in his “post-pick” conference that at that position it’s imperative to contribute on special teams. He was then immediately asked how Wolff looked on tape at special teams – he answered honestly that he hadn’t evaluated him specifically for special teams.

  • ACViking

    Projecting T-Law’s 7th Rd possibilities:

    Utah’s DE/OLB Joe Kruger

    Illinois DE/OLB Michael “Buck” Buchanan

    Oregon St CB Jordan Pryor

    Anyone from Penn State named Mauti

    And FL St WR Rod Smith — with his 10.5 inch hands and 6’4″ 225lb frame.

    • http://twitter.com/sjampendk Patrick

      Kruger, Buchanan and Pryor would be amazing.

      • Baloophi

        Poyer, right?

        • http://twitter.com/sjampendk Patrick

          You know, i was looking at it and got thinking of Terrelle Pryor noting, something is wrong. But yeah, of course Jordan Poyer the CB from Oregon St.

          • Baloophi

            I started thinking Richard Pryor (RIP), but that’s only because “Stir Crazy” was on last night.

          • http://twitter.com/sjampendk Patrick

            Good movie.

  • DamonL86

    How about Kwame Geathers

    • ACViking

      I’m in Atlanta. KG took a bit of a beating on local radio by the UGA folks. Eagles’ fans have nothing on those folks.

      But on size alone, KG seems like he’s worth a flyer — except that his brother’s here. That may be taking competition too far.

  • Baloophi

    With one of our 19 7th rounders (or UDFA), we should take a tinker toy with return skills:

    Onterrio McCalebb (RB, Auburn*)
    Kerwynn Williams (RB, Utah State)

    * Passes the “school that has beaten Chip Kelly” test

    • HazletonEagle

      I was thinking or Barner or D Robinson, but theyre gone. McCalebb is a guy thats been on my mind. I think UDFA for him. I would like to see a returner added.

      • Baloophi

        Mrs. Baloophi is a big Auburn fan, so it helps to have one on the team… even King Dunlap.

        Philip Lutzenkirchen is another Auburn guy to keep an eye out for in UDFA. TE, so there’s no way he makes the team, but he ate up Oregon in the championship game so he’s probably on the radar.

        • HazletonEagle

          some decent TE prospects still left. Fauria is intriguing at his size. Ryan Otten. Zach Sudfeld is another guy I like.

          • Baloophi

            How many TEs do you think we’ll carry on the team? As it stands now:

            Celek
            Ertz
            Casey
            Harbor
            Moore
            Carrier

          • HazletonEagle

            Dont forget Igenogwu.
            I have a hard time imagining more than 4. Pretty typical to have 3 and a FB. With no FB, that makes room for the 4th. If a TE takes the place of slot WR in the offense and Avant gets traded at some point, mmmayybe 5.

            We have a more traditional in line TE in Celek. A H back in Casey. And a guy who is more like a big WR in Ertz (Reminds me of Jared Cook style of play).
            Ideally youd have a backup for each one so that when one gets injured, you arent losing that skillset from the offense. But 6 seems totally unrealistic.

          • Baloophi

            I did forget Igwenagu. My apologies, Emil.

            If we’re going to do a lot of 3 TE, then 5 makes sense. And to your point, if Kelly sees the H as a slot guy, you could steal a spot from the WRs…

            Not looking good for Avant (who I like a lot)…

        • http://twitter.com/sjampendk Patrick

          The image that of King Dunlap as Mrs. Baloophi will forever be in my mind.

          • Baloophi

            Queen Dunlap?

    • ACViking

      Any connection between Atlanta and Mrs. Baloophi? Many Auburn grads here.

      • Baloophi

        Actually, she grew up outside Birmingham, so no official connection to the A-T-L.

  • Baloophi

    13 picks to go… stay frosty!

  • TommyLawlor

    I’ve not done a good job with knowing who the Eagles are looking for today, but maybe my luck will change in the 7th round. Here are some players I like. We’ll see if the Eagles agree.

    DE Joe Kruger – Utah
    LB Mike Catapano – Princeton
    ILB Kevin Reddick – UNC
    RB Kerwynn Williams – Utah State
    CB Jordan Poyer – Oregon State
    CB Marc Anthony – Cal

    Guys who have fallen due to unknown issues that might not be on the board, but have talent:

    LB Michael Buchanan – Illinois (possible character)
    WR Da’Rick Rogers – Tennessee Tech (character)
    ILB Mike Mauti – Penn State (ACL)

    • D-von

      No interest in Chase Thomas?

    • HazletonEagle

      Kruger, Poyer, Buchanan fill out the rest of our needs nicely. Mauti and Rogers would be some nice luxury picks.

    • D-von

      And there goes Catapano

  • bridgecoach

    Heading into round 7…

    Da’Rick Rogers (WR) Tenn Tech still available

    Jordan Poyer (CB) Oregon St. still available

    Joe Kruger (DE) Utah still available

    and Chase Thomas (OLB) Stanford is still available too

    • D-von

      Maybe Thomas and Poyer since Kelly coached against them

  • laeagle

    Please tell Chip not to pick any more players with obvious puns in their name.

    • Baloophi

      Fingers crossed for Keith Pough!

  • HazletonEagle

    Threw a curve ball with the Barkley pick. Is it almost time to throw a knuckler with Matt Scott in the 7th just for lols?

    • ACViking

      Many heads would explode in the Delaware Valley

  • TommyLawlor

    From Geoff Mosher on Twitter:

    “Two guys I think #Eagles might target in Round 7: CB Johnny Adams from Michigan State and/or OLB Mike Buchanan from Illinois.”

    • Anders

      Would love Buchanan with the next pick. Great value now

  • NoDecaf

    Oh man, there’s a fragel available. But can the fragel block? (clap clap) Can the fragel block? (I’ve been drinking)

    • Baloophi

      Clap Clap to YOU!

      • NoDecaf

        Righteous! If he is1/2 the fragel Gobo is….

  • ACViking

    watch for Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner

  • ACViking

    Re: M-Buchanan

    “A big reason [he played light in 2012] was an ill-advised fight in which Buchanan was injured. Last June, his jaw was wired shut after it was broken in the brawl.”

    • Baloophi

      You can still cram a smoothie-laden straw in there…

      • Anders

        haha. I think he lost like 20-30 pounds because he couldnt eat right

  • HazletonEagle

    nice!
    Kruger!

  • D-von

    Joe kruger

  • ACViking

    JOE KRUGER . . .

    Nice job, T-Law.

    • http://twitter.com/sjampendk Patrick

      Tommy does it again. Love Kruger, big guy with loads of potential.

  • Baloophi

    Kaboom!

    • Arby1

      Is that his college jersey?

  • nickross23

    First of the final 3 Joe Kruger.. Now give me Muati or Poyer Da’Rick maybe..

    • bentheimmigrant

      Vikes just grabbed muati.

    • Anders

      muati is picked

  • TommyLawlor

    I just started a new thread for the 7th round picks.

  • Baloophi

    I like Hazelton’s call of Matt Scott (or another QB) for the next pick – just for the mayhem it would cause…

  • bridgecoach

    Rockin the 7th round!

  • Jacob Shubert

    Was looking more for a “one man wolffpack” hangover reference… but ill get over it

  • Hawk2011

    Does anyone know what high school Wolff played for?