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By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles have made a lot of moves this offseason to try and strengthen a secondary that has been a glaring weakness for the past couple of seasons. One of those moves was using a fifth-round draft pick to select safety Earl Wolff out of North Carolina State.
“It’s hit me (that he’s an Eagle), but I feel like once I get there, that’s when it’s really going to kick in,” Wolff tells KYW Newsradio. “So right now, I’m just enjoying everything, enjoying being an Eagle, just working out and preparing for next week.”
Wolff, listed at 5’11″, 209-lbs, had an outstanding career with the Wolfpack, setting a school record for games played (51) and games started (43). In four seasons, he notched 361 tackles and intercepted six passes. His eight career forced fumbles tie him for third on the school’s all-time list. He was a first-team All-ACC pick as a senior in 2012.
“I would say I’m a pretty versatile safety,” Wolff says. “I can play deep pass, I can play deep middle, I can come down in the box, play strong safety. I’m pretty versatile. I’m fast, physical, I’m a playmaker. The best thing about me, I’m going to give you everything I have each and every play. I play with passion, I play with energy, I just like to be around the ball. That’s the type of player I am . . playmaker.”
Getting drafted by the Eagles is extra-special for Wolff because his mother was born and raised in North Philadelphia.
“Not only (did) my mom grow up in that area, the whole side of my mom’s family still lives up there,” Wolff says. “I’ve always been a family type of guy, so it’s just a blessing to be able to come back and be around my family. My grandma, she’s always wanted to come to one of my games, she never got to make it in college. Now, since she’s right there, she’ll be making a lot of my games, seeing me a lot. So it’s just a blessing to be able to be back around my family.”
And Wolff is ready to get on the field and show Philadelphia what he’s got.
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity to come in and just contribute,” Wolff says. “If it’s special teams, it’s special teams. If it’s at the safety position, it’s at the safety position. All I know is I’m going to come in and compete, I’m going to give it everything I have and I’m just going to help the team out.”
Eagles will hold rookie mini-camp May 10th through 12th.
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