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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Seattle Seahawks "would quickly scoop [ECU WR Zay Jones] up" if he is available in the second round.

The Seahawks hold pick No. 58 in the second round. It might be a stretch to imagine Jones still sitting around at that point, as we would expect him to fly off the board relatively early in Round 2 (assuming he doesn't sneak into the first round). As for other parties who have been linked to the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder, it was reported earlier this month that he took in a visit with the Titans.
Apr 24 - 4:41 PM

ECU WR Zay Jones is visiting the Titans on Tuesday, according to Jeff Darlington.

The Titans have two first round picks, but Jones likely winds up on the second day. The team does not have a second round pick, so perhaps this is due diligence in case the team trades back from no. 5 or No. 18. Jones can play inside or outside, but his early fit will be in the slot. The Titans have a need there.
Apr 18 - 9:07 AM

ECU senior WR Trevon Brown (academics) has been participating in practice this spring.

Brown was ruled ineligible for the 2016 season by the NCAA, but it would appear that he has returned to good standing with the governing body. With Zay Jones off the to the NFL, there should be opportunities for the 6-foot-2, 203-pounder if he can take advantage of them this coming season. In 2015, Brown caught 41 passes for 496 yards and a quartet of touchdowns.
Apr 14 - 7:41 PM

Duke graduate QB Thomas Sirk transferred to East Carolina.

Sirk's legacy at Duke will, unfortunately, be a question of what might have been. His career was ravaged by injury, most notably an Achilles which he tore three times. During his most productive season with the Blue Devils (in 2015), the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder threw for 2,624 yards with a 16/8 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 809 yards and eight scores. Fingers crossed he has one healthy season left in those aged bones. At East Carolina, he will be competing with Gardner Minshew for starting rights during the coming season, as Phillip Nelson's time with the team as a graduate transfer ran its course in 2016. Sirk likely won't need much of a transition in learning the offense with the Pirates, as he will be reunited with former Blue Devils OC Scottie Montgomery, who took over as head coach at ECU in the winter of 2015.
Apr 7 - 2:06 PM

Pro Football Focus compared East Carolina WR Zay Jones to former Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin.

"While Jones may have clocked a faster 40 at the combine than Boldin, his playing speed looks similar to the veteran wide receiver," writes the PFF analysis team. To give a little context, Boldin managed just 4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2003 Combine. Zay smoked that time, running a 4.45s sprint during testing in Indianapolis during the 2017 evaluation process. He is one of the draft's dark horses to be selected on Day 1.
Apr 2 - 3:10 PM

Transferring Duke graduate QB Thomas Sirk will visit South Carolina this weekend.

Stipulated in Sirk's scholarship release, he will not be able to transfer to another ACC program, nor to any of the nonconference programs (Army, Baylor, NC Central, Northwestern) on Duke's 2017 schedule. No issues with South Carolina, though, at least on that front. With Jake Bentley already cemented in as starter for 2017, though, it would seem to be an square peg/round hole for Sirk, at least if he wants an immediate crack at a starting job. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder rather infamously tore his Achilles three times during his Duke career.
Source: The State
Mar 31 - 1:24 PM

ECU P Worth Gregory is scheduled to visit the Vikings.

According to Aaron Wilson, Gregory also has private workouts scheduled for the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. We rarely see a team use one of their 30 in-house visits on a punter.
Mar 21 - 10:57 AM

An NFL personnel executives suggests that East Carolina WR Zay Jones could be a surprise first-rounder in this year's NFL Draft.

"Zay Jones has crushed the postseason," he said. "He was one of the best players in Mobile (Senior Bowl) and he ran much faster than expected at the combine (4.45 40). He could sneak into the first round." It wasn't just that Jones ran faster than expected in Indy. He destroyed the athletic testing, finishing with the No. 2 SPARQ score among receivers. Jones' 11-foot-plus broad jump was near the top of the field.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 2:28 PM

East Carolina WR Zay Jones tested as a 94.1-percentile SPARQ athlete at the NFL Combine.

He finished with the No. 2 SPARQ score among receivers. Jones surprisingly beat Taywan Taylor and Carlos Henderson in the 40-yard dash by clocking in at 4.46 seconds. In addition, Jones an 11-foot-plus broad jump that was near the top of the field and showed extremely well in position drills. He may have locked in a slot in the top half of Round 2.
Mar 6 - 6:44 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote that it is "[h]ard to argue that there is anyone else whose helped themselves more in the post-season process [than East Carolina WR Zay Jones]."

Jones kicked off his draft process with a strong showing during the Senior Bowl practice week, then ramped it up by running a crisp, speedy 4.45-second 40-yard dash during Saturday's testing in Indianapolis. He also hoisted the bar a position-respectable 15 times in the bench press on Friday. ESPN's Mel Kiper earlier mocked Zay into the first round. We think that may be a bit rich, but early on Day 2 is very much in play with the East Carolina record-setter.
Mar 4 - 1:02 PM

Duke redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk (Achilles) will transfer as a graduate.

Sirk suffered three torn Achilles tendons while at Duke. The most recent, suffered to his left one last summer, earned Sirk a sixth season of eligibility. The issue with that is that it also allowed Daniel Jones to steal his starting quarterback job last season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Sirk passed for 2,625 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2015.
Feb 27 - 3:12 PM

East Carolina hired Western Carolina RB coach Jason Nichols to serve in the same capacity.

Nichols steps in for Antonio King, who resigned as Pirates running back coach earlier this month. This is a homecoming of sorts, as Nichols was a standout receiver at East Carolina from 1994-1997. His 154 receptions are good for fourth-most in school history. In addition to his work at Western Carolina, he has also worked with running backs at Sacred Heart, Appalachian State, Toledo and Louisiana-Monroe.
Source: USA Today
Feb 21 - 9:06 PM

The Cowboys will likely select a defensive player at pick No. 28, but beat writer Vince Langford suggests WR is also a possibility.

Again, Langford believes the odds heavily favor the Cowboys selecting a defensive player "unless ... they see (John) Ross or (Zay) Jones as a singular talent and the edge rushers or DBs they truly like are gone before 28." The two players are quite different. Ross is a shorter speed receiver who plays off a vertical route and can break off routes to create separation. Jones plays mostly out of the slot and is better in the short to intermediate area.
Feb 20 - 11:51 AM

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lands East Carolina WR Isaiah Jones with the Chiefs at No. 27.

Mock drafts in mid-February only have so much predictive value, but Kiper's offers a few twists. For starters, he does not have Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer being drafted in the first round. And then there's Zay, who he has as the third receiver taken in Round 1. Wrote the analyst, "He slipped a little under the radar at East Carolina but has the size, speed and hands needed, and he put on a show against good competition at the Senior Bowl." The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Hoover-of-a-wideout logged a masterful 158-1746-8 receiving line this past season.
Feb 16 - 6:41 PM

East Carolina signed three-star JUCO junior DT Tyree Owens.

Owens originally signed with West Virginia out of the prep ranks as part of the Class of 2014. He spent two seasons at the JUCO level and was briefly a Texas A&M commit. "Owens can be a tough defender that demonstrates physical ability to come in and compete and be a strong contributor, particularly against the run," ESPN opined.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 2:14 PM


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