The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft will be held tonight, followed by second and third round on Friday, and concluded with rounds 4-7 on Saturday. The player selections will be announced from an outdoor theatre built on the famous Rocky Steps. This marks the first time an entire NFL draft is held outdoors.
Several NC State players could be selected, and leading the way is junior safety Josh Jones. Jones led the Wolfpack in tackles (109) and added eight pass breakups and three interceptions, earning honorable mention All-ACC honors from the coaches and second-team All-ACC honors from Pro Football Focus.
He had a breakout performance at the NFL combine and now is being projected to be selected as high as late first round.
Senior tailback Matthew Dayes is slated to be picked. A two-year starter, Dayes earned second-team All-ACC honors as a senior after rushing for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also catching 32 passes for 267 additional yards.
"Tempo-based, one-cut running back with good vision but an inability to break tackles and run with power," NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein said of Dayes. "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. Potentially a committee running back with some third-down value if he can tighten up his pass blocking."
Also, senior Jack Tocho is being tabbed as a potential selection. Tocho started nearly three full seasons at NC State, and he totaled 37 tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and nine pass breakups as a senior, earning second-team All-ACC honors from Pro Football Focus. Tocho allowed completions on just 45.3% of the targets he faced this season.
Last year three NC State players were selected, with Jacoby Brissett and Joe Thuney being picked by New England in the third round and Juston Burris going off the board in the fourth round to the New York Jets.