Photo of Joe Thuney
Drafted By: Patriots
  • Round 3
  • Pick 15
  • Overall 78

Combine Results

5.51 ?
  • 4.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.47 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This was a three-year starter at North Carolina State. He has the size, and he'll learn how to use his leverage with that size." -- Brian Billick

  • 6'5" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 304LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


Thuney has played everywhere on the offensive line for the Wolfpack, beginning his career as back-up center as a redshirt freshman, starting at right tackle, right guard and left tackle in 2013, lining up at left guard in 2014 before returning to the blind side tackle spot as a senior. The second-team All-ACC pick has the strong versatility and potential for growth that NFL teams covet in a mid-round selection.



All-­ACC first-team selection in 2015. Doesn’t check all of the physical boxes scouts want, but his tasks get accomplished. Accurate initial engagement as run blocker, allowing him to sustain blocks longer and widen running lanes. Has played every position along the offensive line. Sharp and can process assignment changes quickly against run stunts. Sees twists and comes off of first blocks instantly to catch up with twisting rusher. Shows reactive athleticism to make quick counter step inside when needed.


Lean frame and thin through hips and thighs. Head-ducker and waist-­bender. Doesn’t trust his core strength and will lower head and lean into pass rushers opening up potential balance concerns. Needs to bring feet under him after contact. Consistent forward lean in all aspects of his game allow defenders to bounce him around. Not reliable cross-face blocker. Busy hands with too much wasted motion after the snap. Has short arms and small hands that will end up outside defender’s frame.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

Bottom Line

Thuney is a three-year starter who has shown overall improvement in all aspects of his game, and the position diversity that offensive line coaches love and need. Thuney will need to move inside to guard where his length and average functional strength could be an issue. Teams are heating up on Thuney and he could go as early as the third round, but I don't see his success on the next level as a lock.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster