NC State lineman Joe Thuney has been drafted by the New England Patriots with the No. 78 overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Pro Football Focus is extremely high on the Wolfpack standout.
"Two strong seasons of grading has put Thuney on our radar, even earning honorable mention honors on the PFF All-American team," says PFF. "He ranked 18th in the nation among guards last season, and fifth among offensive tackles in 2015, smoothly transitioning to left tackle for NC State. Thuney’s 4.95 40 time ranked second only to Jason Spriggs, and he put up an impressive 28 reps in the bench to rank 11th among the offensive line group. More important than the workout, Thuney has been productive at multiple positions and he brings value as a versatile mid-round option as a developmental guard or tackle."
Thuney played multiple positions as a three-year starter for the Wolfpack. He capped his career with a breakout senior season, as he was named first-team All-ACC and an All-American by multiple publications while lining up at left tackle.
"I think I have the ability to get to the second-level," says Thuney. "I'm pretty quick off the ball... I fire off fast so those combinations are my strengths."
Where will he play on the next level? That remains to be seen, but it sounds like Thuney hopes to line up inside.
"I'd say the interior I'd feel most comfortable at the next level," he said. "I'm not 6'7, I don't have the height of the typical NFL tackle, but I'd still feel comfortable playing tackle.
"I'm really comfortable at guard and center."
Thuney was rated the No. 92 offensive tackle and a three-star prospect in the 2010 recruiting class.