04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 5/163 -- Terrell Manning, LB, 6-2, 237, North Carolina State...Two-year starter at outside linebacker will go inside in 3-4. Knee injuries in past hurt his draft stock but a lot to like with his playmaking attributes. - The Sports Xchange
Despite averaging 76 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in two starting seasons for the Wolfpack, Manning surprised many with his decision to leave after his junior season.
While he's athletic and possesses intriguing natural pass rush skills, Manning is also highly inconsistent. He also is a bit of a medical concern as he missed two games in 2011 with after undergoing minor knee surgery and redshirted the 2008 season due to knee injury suffered in high school a year earlier.
With Manning there is upside to consider, however. When Manning returned from the knee injury in October, he went on to enjoy the most productive stretch of his career, twice being named the ACC Linebacker of the Week (North Carolina, Maryland). He was a boom or bust player in these contests as well, however, as he was against Louisville in the Belk Bowl.
Manning has obvious athleticism and appears to have the frame capable of bulking up. In an attacking scheme he has the physical skill-set to develop.
Strengths: Good athlete. Shows a natural feel for pass rushing. Very good lateral agility to shake pass blockers. Can attack the edge with speed and has the flexibility to dip low and under the tackle's reach. Is only an average open field tackler overall but closes quickly on relatively immobile quarterbacks. Consistently heavy hitter who flashes explosiveness and the ability to separate the ball. At least adequate ball skills. Obvious untapped potential.
Weaknesses: Possesses below average instincts for the linebacker position. Frankly, Manning leaves more plays on the field than he makes. His lateral agility and burst often put him in position to make big plays but he takes questionable routes to the ball and struggles to avoid blockers when in pursuit. Generally an effective open field tackler but doesn't wrap consistently and loses tackles because of it. His athleticism gives him potential in coverage but he shows only average awareness at this time. Suffered a knee injury on Sept. 17 against South Alabama. Underwent "minor" knee surgery and returned to play the final eight games... Redshirted in 2008 after suffering a knee injury during the final game of his high school career.