An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that NC State OL Joe Thuney "[became] a teacher's pet" through the draft process.
The scout sees Thuney bringing metaphorical apples to draft school "because he worked out awesome and is on the rise." That evaluator also sees a positional shift at the next level, saying, "He played left tackle this year, which he is not. He's either an athletic guard or a center." On the strength of his versatility, Pro Football Focus also adores teacher's pet Thuney.
NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys are attempting to trade up to the No. 32 pick with the Cleveland Browns.
Pick No. 32 will be the first pick when the second round kicks off Friday night. Per Rapoport, the Cowboys are eyeing a pass-rusher. Among the available talents that would fit that bill, Eastern Kentucky edge rusher Noah Spence or perhaps Boise State edge rusher Kamalei Correa.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that South Carolina TE Jerell Adams "should hear his name called tonight."
"The Gamecock tight end has been swiftly moving up draft boards since last September," Pauline noted, "and I'm told the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers will consider him as Round 3 closes out." One scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this month said that he has "all the physical skills in the world," but cautions that the 6-foot-5, 247-pounder's mental game might not be up to par with his physical one. Another evaluator observed that Adams is still adding to his blocking acumen. We could see a Day 2 run on tight ends given the thin state of the position.
Rotoworld's Josh Norris counts Florida DL Jonathan Bullard as the fifth-best prospect available for Day 2 of the draft.
Norris loves "[Bullard's] ability to win as a defensive end against the run and impact passing downs when lining up inside," noting that he can "win with power immediately or can win with length to shed and make the tackle." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman earned a comparison to an actual alligator from CBS Sports' Rob Rang due to his tenacity and aggressiveness. Bullard could be drafted as early as the second round, so he should stay on his toes when Day 2 festivities kick off in Chicago at 7 EST.
An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Eastern Kentucky edge rusher Noah Spence is a strict pass-rush weapon at this point in his development.
While some are scared off by Spence's past drug use and off-field activity, at least one scout who spoke with the Sentinel is also uncertain about portions of his on-field play. "He doesn't know how to play the run at all. My biggest concern is, this guy runs under blocks in the run game. He's just a DPR (designated pass rusher) right now. He's a boom or bust." Other scouts who chatted with the outlet brought up the obligatory character questions, with one saying, "you have to decide if you want to put up with him."
Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees Ohio State WR Michael Thomas as third-best player available on Day 2.
"[Thomas] can take short passes and surprises with acceleration and balance to pick up yards after the catch," Norris wrote. "A large portion of Thomas’ catches were made within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, but he can also win vertically and adjusts to the football while it is in the air." On Thursday, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that multiple NFL clubs believe Thomas has not received the attention he deserves and "will be a much better NFL receiver than college wideout."
An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called Oklahoma State edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah "a pretty darn good total package."
Darn straight. Said the scout of Ogbah, "Prototypical 4-3 defensive end. Got a high ceiling and he’s made of the right stuff. Just starting to figure out how good he can be." Another evaluator who spoke with the Journal Sentinel believes his NFL career could swing one of two ways. "One of those guys with phenomenal height, weight, speed. Tested tremendously well. But he doesn’t play hard all the time, he’s stiff and he’s not naturally instinctive. There’s probably a 65% chance he busts and a 35% chance he’s a double-digit sack guy. Boom or bust type." Ogbah could be drafted as high as the second round.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline relays that South Carolina State DT Javon Hargrave was superb during interviews with NFL teams.
"People I've spoken with say Hargrave has been one of the best interviews this year during the pre-draft process, as he's come across as an honest individual who loves football," Pauline wrote. Hargrave should be drafted some time on Friday. The 6-foot-1, 309-pounder impressed during the Shrine Game practice week and his Pro Day positional drills.