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One scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that NC State RB Matthew Dayes is "more of a specialty guy."

"He’s a one-cut speed guy. He tries to run hard but he doesn’t have any (expletive) behind him. He does have some receiving skills," said the scout. Another evaluator told the Journal-Sentinel that the 5-foot-9, 205-pound Dayes "maximizes his talent but he’s not a very talented guy." The Day 3 hopeful earned second-team All-ACC designation this past season after rushing for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Apr 21 - 5:07 PM

The Raiders hosted NC State S Josh Jones for a last minute visit, according to Rotoworld's Josh Norris.

Team visits concluded this week, but Jones snuck in one final trip. The Wolfpack safety likely fits somewhere on the second day and could see the field early on. The Raiders invested a first round pick in Karl Joseph recently, but they lack a third safety and Reggie Nelson is not getting younger.
Apr 20 - 8:49 AM

NC State S Josh Jones visited the Panthers on Thursday.

Jones is something of an eye-of-the-beholder prospect due to his kamikaze playing style. He has a fantastic blend of height-weight-speed but must work on his coverage and tackling technique. Those that like him really like him, so expect Jones to go on Day 2.
Apr 14 - 3:56 PM

An AFC defensive backs coach summed up NC State S Josh Jones' game thusly: "This guy would just as soon hit you as look at you on the football field."

"Hey, it's fun to watch his tape because he's already got that NFL mentality to him, but he gets way out of control too," the coach said. "I saw that early on in the tape. You've got to rein him in a little bit." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Jones to Mike Mitchell. "Jones is a height-weight-speed prospect to be sure, but he's not just a traits-based safety," Zierlein wrote. "Jones has the appetite for hitting that teams will want around the box and he has the speed and ball skills to range and help against vertical threats from a deep safety spot." While the analyst believes Jones could be a long-time NFL starter, he noted that the prospect must play with better coverage discipline and refine his tackling ability. We see Jones as a probable Day 2 pick, but Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not rank him among his top-50 prospects.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 2:28 PM

NC State S Josh Jones is scheduled to visit the Vikings on Tuesday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds the Browns, Steelers and Bears "loom," which likely means another three visits. Jones likely lands on a team via a second day selection. Some might even view him as an immediate starter.
Apr 4 - 9:34 AM

Dolphins S Josh Jones visited the Dolphins, according to Simon Clancy.

Jones is viewed as a second or third day safety, but will draw the versatile label thanks to NC State using him all over the field. Jones previously visited the Ravens.
Apr 3 - 9:55 AM

NC State S Josh Jones visited the Ravens, according to Ian Rapoport.

The ravens added Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr to their secondary, but Jones might be a long term plan for the aging Eric Weddle. Jones was used all over the field for the Wolfpack, and some teams might view him as a corner. At 6-foot-1 and 220 lbs, he has 32-plus inch arms.
Mar 31 - 10:42 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that NC State CB Jack Tocho's "inability to carry speed down the field could limit his scheme fits."

"The football intelligence and instincts are good enough but he has to prove he can run," Zierlein writes. That question was answered in part at the NFL Scouting Combine, where the 6-foot, 202-pounder ran a fine-if-unspectacular 4.54-second 40-yard dash. During his final season at NC State, Tocho recorded 37 tackles (2.0 for loss), two picks and nine passes defended.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 2:22 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that NC State DB Josh Jones "looked terrific" during drills on pro day.

Pauline is sky-high on Jones as one of the sleeper corners in the draft, writing earlier in March that "it wouldn't be crazy for some team to take him late in the first round." One team that would fit that bill of an intrigued late-round player would be the Patriots, whom Pauline notes "met extensively" with Jones the night before his pro day. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder also met with the Chargers.
Mar 21 - 5:17 PM

NC State OC Eli Drinkwitz said that senior H-back Jaylen Samuels "does a great job with spacial awareness."

"He’s got great vision as far as being able to accelerate through the holes. And he knows what speed he needs to be at to get to the hole," Drinkwitz said. "There’s really no other way to describe it, other than he knows when to push the gas or let off the brake a little bit." The 5-foot-11, 236-pound Samuels indicated that this spring has been a bit smoother than last, as the Wolfpack's offensive players have had a year in Drinkwitz's system. A versatile chess piece for Drinkwitz to play with, Samuels logged a 55-565-7 receiving line while rushing for 189 yards and six additional scores over the course of 13 games played last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 17 - 7:40 PM

An NFL personnel executives predicted that NC State DB Josh Jones could be a surprise first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft.

"For some reason Jones didn't get much attention during the season, but he has first-round ability," he said. "I think he'll definitely go in the top 40 picks and it wouldn't be crazy for some team to take him late in the first round." The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder enjoyed one of the best all-around performances by a defensive back at the NFL Combine. He notched a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, a vertical jump of 37.5 inches, a broad jump of 132 inches and a strong 20 reps on the bench.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 1:11 PM

A regional scout for an AFC team says NC State RB Matthew Dayes "reminds me of Ronnie Hillman, but slower."

"Dime-a-dozen running back," the scout said. "I'm not slamming him because those guys play in the league but he needs to find the right fit." Last season, Dayes ran for 1,166 yards and 10 scores along with 32 catches for 267 yards en route to second-team All-ACC honors. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein thinks Dayes could become a committee back with third down value. "Tempo-based, one-cut running back with good vision but an inability to break tackles and run with power," Zierlein wrote. "Best on outside zone plays with an opportunity to find back-side cuts, but when he has to run between the tackles, he's missing an aggressive burst."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 4:46 PM

NC State DB Josh Jones logged a 40-yard dash of 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.

Jones registered one of the best all-around performances by a defensive back in testing on Monday. That 4.41-second 40-yard dash was just the tip of the iceberg. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder additionally notched a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and a broad jump of 132 inches. Plus a strong 20 reps on the bench. Near the end of February, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline forwarded the belief that people were "sleeping" on Jones. Scouts believe he has potential as either a free safety or a strong safety.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 4:12 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes "people are sleeping" on NC State DB Josh Jones.

The Draft Analyst crew tabs Jones as a third-round pick. Pauline reports that Jones is expected to measure in at a "shade under" 6-foot-2 while tipping the scales around 215 pounds. Jones is expected to run a 40 in the low 4.4s and post a 40-inch vertical jump. "I was very impressed with the film and scouts tell me they feel Jones can line up at free safety or as a conventional strong safety and play inside or outside," Pauline wrote.
Feb 24 - 3:31 PM

NC State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz says the team must get senior H-back Jaylen Samuels more touches.

"The challenge for us is, we’re replacing touches from Matt Dayes and we need Jaylen to get a large portion of those," Drinkwitz said. "When the ball is in his hands, he does something good, and I know there’s not a perfect position to say he’s this or that. He’s unusual. He’s unique in college football. He’s one of the most diversified players there is." Samuels is listed a tight end but is in actuality a FB/TE/H-back hybrid. This unique playmaker led the Wolfpack in receptions (55) and total touchdowns (13) last year.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 2:44 PM


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