The DA Draft Buzz: February 23rd

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

People are sleeping on North Carolina State safety Josh Jones -- who we presently grade as a third-round pick -- but that may change after the combine.

I’m told the junior is likely to measure a shade under 6-foot-2 and tip the scales around 215 pounds. His 40 times are expected to be in the low 4.4s while his vertical jump could top 40 inches

I was very impressed with the film and scouts tell me they feel Jones can line up at free safety or as a conventional strong safety and play inside or outside.

Billy Brown of Shepherd is one of the more interesting stories of the combine.  

The small-school receiver is accepting the American Football Networks Division II Player of the Year Award at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this evening after setting school single-season records in receptions (99), receiving yards (1,580) and touchdown catches (22).

Despite playing receiver in college, I’ve listed Brown as a tight end the past two years and have stamped him as a fifth-round prospect. I’m told most teams around the league have Brown on their tight end boards.

The big pass catcher measured 6-foot-3.5, 254 pounds during Shrine Game weigh-ins and was ready to play tight end, but he was never asked to put his hand in the ground.

Brown will be working out with the receivers at the combine, where he hopes to run the 40in the mid 4.5s but is open to participating in tight end work if asked.

Combine forty times are critical for Raekwon McMillan of Ohio State, as are shuttle times. On film the junior linebacker doesn’t seem to have much pursuit speed but I’m told expectations are he’ll turn in a time under 4.7 seconds during his workout.