It's a critical time for aspiring NFL players, as workouts are underway at the Scouting Combine and every NFL franchise is watching. Joe Thuney and Shadrach Thornton are two of the five NC State players working out at the Combine, and their performances went in very different directions.
Thuney is making himself some money with impressive showings in multiple drills, including the 40-yard dash and the bench press. Thuney was one of only two offensive linemen to run a 40 under 5.0 seconds. Here is an assessment from WalterFootball.com:
A player who really impressed and opened some eyes was N.C. State tackle Joe Thuney. Thuney (6-4, 304) had the second-fastest 40 time at 4.86 seconds, but had the fastest time in the first 10 yards at 1.70 seconds. A day earlier, Thuney did well on the bench press with 28 reps. He did well in the field drills and helped himself to show teams that he could be a late-round pick to develop.
And here's a look at how he compared to his fellow offensive guards in various drills, via MockDraftable.com:
He was above-average to outstanding in every drill, and was below average in only the physical measurables. (Pfft, who needs long arms anyway?)
Shadrach Thornton's day, however, did him no favors.
Thornton rated poorly relative to his position group in nearly every drill, most notably running a 4.7 40-yard dash, which is no way to make an impression. Thornton already had a lot of obstacles to overcome because of the off-field issues that plagued him at NC State, and the rough showing at the Combine may be sealing his fate as an undrafted free agent.
As for the rest of the Pack's players: Jacoby Brissett and David Grinnage will work out Saturday, while Juston Burris works out on Monday.