Earl Wolff brought great value in fifth round

By the 136th overall pick in the NFL Draft, teams are looking at players with potential.

That's exactly what happened when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted N.C. State safety Earl Wolff in the fifth round last year.

Patrick Chung struggled and Wolff grabbed the starting job in the early part of the season. He played well while competing in 11 games but hurt his knee against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 10. Wolff was never quite the same after that and saw limited action.

Wolff finished with 45 tackles and one interception. He had six tackles in his first start at Denver on Sept. 29 and tied his career-high with eight tackles at the New York Giants on October 6 and at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 13.

"I felt like I did pretty good, honestly," Wolff told CSNPhilly.com. "I felt like I was getting better and better every game, starting to make more plays, getting comfortable out there, flying around, having fun. That's what it's all about. That's why I've always loved the game of football. I bring energy. I feed off my teammates. I like making plays."

When the Eagles pick in the fifth round of the 2014 draft next month, they would be fortunate to wind up with a player like Wolff.