ACC Preseason Top 50 Players of 2013: #46, Darryl Cato-Bishop

NC State’s Darryl Cato-Bishop is #46 on Our Countdown of the ACC’s Top 50 Players for 2013

NC State’s Darryl Cato-Bishop is #46 on Our Countdown of the ACC’s Top 50 Players for 2013

We’re less than two months away from the start of the 2013 college football season, and that means preview countdowns! In the past, we’ve limited these lists to just the top 25 players, but this season, we’re upping our game to 50. So just about every day until the season starts, there will be a new player profile up here as we count down to the top ACC player for 2013.

Obviously these lists are always completely subjective — and thus completely bulletproof — so feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments, too.

No. 46, Darryl Cato-Bishop, DE/NC State (Last Season: NR)

Cato-Bishop has always had the makings of a great pass-rusher at NC State, but he’s only just shown glimmers of that promise during his career thus far. Now as a senior, perhaps this is the year he finally puts it all together.

And that’s not to discredit the work he’s done to this point either. Last year, despite missing two games, he still posted 10.5 tackles for loss (6.5 sacks) as the primary cog in NC State’s underrated defensive line. At 6’4″ and 278 pounds, it’s easy to understand how he’s become such a force, though some may bring up questions on production. While he certainly possesses a hulking frame, he’s not the quickest end (4.89 40-yard dash time) and doesn’t have any significant moves to get past blockers. But take a look at this game tape from last year’s matchup against Boston College. Time after time, he’s double covered, either initially or on delay, which frees up the right side of the line or his fellow left side defensive tackle. Last season, he also did some work lining up in a nose tackle spot on occasion (which you’ll also see in that video), and right away you’ll notice the benefits: sucking in the line to address Cato-Bishop, thus freeing up the cornerback blitz. So, as can regularly be the case with elite defensive linemen, the tale of their production can’t always be captured in the box score alone. Again, see the tape, this time below:

As addressed above, where Cato-Bishop should improve this season, however, is in terms of run-stopping production, as well as using his long frame to get into passing lanes. One pass deflection is not enough from a player of his height, and for his size and ability to get after the passer, failing to force any fumbles is not an ideal situation. Putting in the right amount of work this offseason, he can shed his “non-athletic” label and make a much bigger impact for the Wolfpack, who will need the defensive line to step up as a fairly green secondary figures things out in the season’s early-goings. In terms of stopping the run, it’s going to take similar efforts in terms of athleticism to become a bigger factor there. Last year, he had just 36 tackles in all — a key reason why NC State allowed over four yards per carry in 2012.

With new coach Dave Doeren, State will maintain a 4-3 scheme, which should put Cato-Bishop in a similar position to succeed as last year; now he just needs to deliver more results. Playing a full season this time around should help, and as long as he’s progressed this offseason. He’s also being challenged by rising star Mike Rose this spring, which could also provide some additional motivation for him as the starting job sorts out prior to the fall.

#47 Devin Street, WR/Pittsburgh

#48 Quayshawn Nealy, LB/Georgia Tech

#49 Vic Beasley, DE/Clemson

#50 Brandon Linder, OG/Miami

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5 thoughts on “ACC Preseason Top 50 Players of 2013: #46, Darryl Cato-Bishop

  1. Give me a break!! This young man is a beast and he use to play basketball and you ranked him number 46 and you say he’s not athletic enough… Give this young man some credit and in the years past Tom Obrien system was not for him but for the other players.. I hope the new coach place him in the right direction. So he will be in the position to make great plays and get drafted one of the top players for NCSTATE…

    • Such a “smart” and “well-reasoned” response. Considering how many players are in the ACC, being ranked among the top 50 still means you’re pretty good, whether it’s first or 50th (or in this case, 46th). Mentioned plenty on how his production could spike this year, but the athleticism bit is a big part of that.

      • @ JohnCassillo, I see your point somewhat, but this young man is UNDERRATED and he can play all position on the field. For you and others like you say; that he is not althetic enough is CRAZY.. In 2013 you will see this young man go off and prove everyone wrong, but knowing his CHARACTER it doesn’t matter what his critics say about him. To be honest, I am a fan of his and I follow him when he played basketball, and he was great in that sport as well. His defense in basketball was RIDICULOUS and his defense in football is the same. I am wondering what do you want to see him do in games for him to be more althetic for him to reach the top of the charts? I think Cato-Bishop is going to be one of the greatest football players in NFL if you ask me. I met this young man and his manners are like no other and his game to me is the same. Also, being 46 to me is to low for him he should be 17 in my book. Well, time will tell this year and like years before he has always been CONSISTEND from day one and I don’t think he will STOP that now!!

        • I respect all that. I do. And honestly, I think he’s got a ton of upside — not just this season, but as a pro. However, what makes a player a game-changer is their ability to not only attract double-coverage but succeed in spite of it. If he has the year you’re espousing he will, of course he turns into a top-25 player in the ACC. But right now, that takes a lot of assumptions.

  2. Well, time tells on everybody including you and me, but if they are covering him with 2 players then that right there speaks for it self. One thing I do know is this; Cato-Bishop is going to have a hellva season this year and I promise I will not say I told you so.. This young man has been woken up by the comments and rankings that people like you do, because it’s y’all job to do so.. However, it’s his job to PROVE doubters wrong and he will.. I am HUGE fan of his and my kids LOVE this guy and so do I .. So, when I read stuff like this I have to respond to it, and besides he plays in my home town of North Carolina.. Anyway, I can’t wait to see Cato-Bishop get on that field and light them up, and after he does that and get dress and answers questions to the media with a smie. He will be in the TOP 25 watch and see this young man have a lot of HEART,and DRIVE..

    Thank you, JohnCassillo keep doing you job!

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