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Bill Parcells says NC State QB Jacoby Brissett is cut from the same mold as Patriot greats.

"He's a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player. That's the kind of guy he is. That's what New England is getting," Parcells said. "Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who've been successful -- he's very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys." Brissett played high school football near Parcells' home in Florida, so the legendary coach took him under his wing. "I have a very high regard for (Brissett)," Parcells said. "He's an awesome kid. He's very bright. He has zero personal issues. He's a very dedicated, committed guy and I think he's going to the absolute perfect place for him." Despite Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom having pegged Brissett as the class' most underrated QB prior to the Draft and despite Rotoworld's Josh Norris having been one of Brissett's earliest champions, the Rotoworld draft team as a whole was as surprised as anyone else that he ended up getting picked above Connor Cook.
May 5 - 2:58 PM

Packers signed North Carolina State TE David Grinnage.

Grinnage (6'5/248) was a surprise early entrant into the draft after a ho-hum college career, managing 67 catches for 798 yards (11.9 YPR) and nine touchdowns across three seasons. Grinnage is put together with long arms (34 1/2") and big hands (10 1/8"), but he was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine, running 4.90 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-10 broad jump. Grinnage lacks point-of-attack ability to become an NFL blocking tight end and movement skills to become a legitimate receiving weapon. He's a long shot.
May 1 - 7:25 PM

Giants signed NC State DE Mike Rose.

Rose (6'3/261) was a 2 1/2-year starter for the Wolfpack, earning second-team All-ACC as a senior on the strength of 15 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Rose turned in a solid Pro Day, running 4.67 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 17 reps on the bench. Rose's game is short on quickness and burst, but he compensated with natural power and all-out hustle in college. He profiles as an early-career special teamer who could eventually make a run at sub-package snaps.
May 1 - 2:29 PM

Jets selected NC State CB Juston Burris with the No. 118 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Burris (6'0/212) spent his freshman year as a nickel corner before starting his final three seasons. While he managed only three career INTs, Burris held opponents to one touchdown pass and a stingy 34.1% completion rate on throws into his coverage as a senior. Burris further helped himself at the Combine, running 4.53 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Burris is a big, physical corner with the necessary traits to function in zone or press coverage. He has a chance to develop into a steady No. 2 cornerback.
Apr 30 - 1:14 PM

Patriots selected NC State QB Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Brissett (6'4/231) spent two years at NC State after transferring from Florida, completing 458-of-765 passes (59.9%) with an underwhelming 6.89 YPA and 43:11 TD-to-INT ratio. He added nine touchdowns on scrambles. Brissett has a powerful arm and played in a pro-style college offense, but he has a tendency to drop his eyes too early in the down and is a scattershot passer, especially on downfield throws. A toolsy project with a lot to learn, Brissett has an outside chance to develop into a high-end backup or useful spot starter down the road. He could act as the Patriots' backup quarterback in the opening four games of the season.
Apr 29 - 11:05 PM

Patriots selected North Carolina State OG Joe Thuney with the No. 78 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Thuney (6'5/304) made 33 starts for the Wolfpack, seeing action at four positions on the line. He earned second-team All-ACC as a senior, allowing zero sacks on Jacoby Brissett's blind side. Thuney followed up with a strong Combine workout, running 4.95 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump and 28 reps on the bench. Too short armed (32 1/4") for a tackle, Thuney's best chance at an NFL starting job will be at guard or center. He's a high-floor prospect who should at least settle in as a reliable swing reserve.
Apr 29 - 10:28 PM

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.
Apr 29 - 3:01 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett is "better than Teddy Bridgewater."

"He has a chance to be a starter," said the scout. "I think he's better than Teddy Bridgewater. He's bigger, got a better arm and better pocket presence, and is a great kid. People will want to work with him. He's got this huge lower body. Guys just have a hard time bringing him down. He's not a speed guy but he's not a slug." Another scout threw out a Daunte Culpepper comp. "Strong arm with a compact motion," he said. "Just really inconsistent." Brissett has a lot of tools. Our concern is that he developed a few bad habits behind a poor offensive line. "He doesn't play fast," a third scout said. "He's methodical. I don't know if he can carry a team on his back."
Apr 21 - 6:29 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson hears that NC State OL Joe Thuney has had a private workout with the Texans.

Thuney was a three-year starter at NC State and earned all-conference academic honors for the 2015 campaign. Pro Football Focus loves his versatility, as he played tackle, guard and center during his time with the Wolfpack. As for what position he might play at the next level, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees him as a center. We like Thuney as a sleeper OL prospect for the draft in Chicago.
Apr 17 - 6:15 PM

Pro Football Focus believes NC State OL Joe Thuney is one of this class' most versatile linemen and also one of its best at the point of attack.

Thuney just about always completes his assignment in the running game and surrendered only seven pressures on 507 pass-blocking snaps in 2015. "While Thuney doesn’t fit the mold of a tackle, and the offensive line coaches we’ve talked to don’t think he has the length to play outside, he has shown that he can play there if necessary while likely providing strong play on the interior," Steve Palazzolo wrote. PFF believes Thuney is a huge OL sleeper, a sentiment we agree with.
Apr 15 - 5:04 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein noted that North Carolina State CB Juston Burris "never backs down from a physical challenge."

Zierlein voiced surprise at just how little draft attention Burris has drawn to this point, hence why the Wolfpack NFL-hopeful cracked the analyst's lists of potential defensive draft steals. Wrote Zierlein, "I'm a fan of his football character on the field -- the way he competes and never backs down from a physical challenge, and how he plays his role in run support. While Burris doesn't have eye-catching ball-production numbers, there is enough there to believe he has a chance to be a competitive NFL cornerback." The 6-foot, 212-pounder did a nice job with his position drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, with TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline relaying that he "looked fluid in drills, especially when flipping his hips [to change direction]."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 12:33 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst John Breitenbach noted that North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett "remains incredibly raw."

"[Brissett] still struggles to hit shorter passes, and when he does throw on target, his placement isn’t always ideal," Breitenbach wrote, adding that "Brissett also needs to learn to get the ball out quicker. He took too many sacks by holding the ball for an age." The analyst isn't all doom/gloom, though. He's impressed by the 6-foot-4, 231-pound gunslinger's ability to "mak[e] outstanding throws downfield," ultimately concluding that if Brissett cooks out that rawness, he could be a late-round draft selection who ends up starting several years down the road. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline liked his work on Pro Day last week and noted that the North Carolina State product was sharp in his accuracy through his positional work. Last season, he threw for 2,662 yards (60% completions) with a 20/6 TD/INT ratio.
Mar 29 - 3:07 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that NC State RB Shadrach Thornton "has had so many legal and character issues during his time at North Carolina State that his path to the pros will likely involve a camp invite only."

We can't really argue with that. Even figuring out where to start with Thornton's laundry list of troubles can be difficult. He was hit with a pair of marijuana possession charges in 2013 and 2014, though both of those charges were ultimately dismissed. He was also suspended one game in 2013 after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in the library. Flash-forward to the start of the 2015 campaign, when the 6-foot, 217-pounder was suspended for the first two games due to a violation of team rules. It all came to a head when Thornton was outright dismissed from NC State in September after he ran into a pedestrian with his scooter. On the field, Zierlein notes that Thornton has a "[w]ild, upright running style opens him to heavy hits." None of this is good.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 7:45 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that NC State OL Joe Thuney's most realistic position for the NFL is center.

Center might be in the cards for Thuney's future, but even should he move there full-time, Zierlein has a large set of concerns. Noted the analyst, "[He has] [b]usy hands with too much wasted motion after the snap," as well as "short arms and small hands that will end up outside defender’s frame." The NC State product also has the tendency to lean on plays, which allows defenders to disengage very easily. While Zierlein isn't sold on him as a tackle or guard, the fact that he can theoretically play those positions should give him a little draft boost.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 6:26 PM

Former NFL WR T.J. Graham caught passes from North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett during Tuesday's Pro Day and praised his accuracy.

This coming from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, who wrote that Graham told him Brissett was "on point throughout the day and rarely was [Graham] forced to adjust to errant throws or wait for the ball to arrive." The 6-foot-4, 231-pounder "has the NFL frame and arm that teams should like," according to NFL Media analysts Lance Zierlein and Daniel Jeremiah. Zierlein has comped him to former UCLA QB Brett Hundley. In his final collegiate season with the Wolfpack, Brissett threw for 2,662 yards (60% completions) with a 20/6 TD/INT ratio. He also rushed for 370 yards and six touchdowns, though he managed just 2.7 YPC on his 139 attempts.
Mar 22 - 9:43 PM


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