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Here's where local players could end up in the NFL draft

NC State's Chubb, Street, Hill and Jones impress on NFL Pro Day

NC State's senior starting defensive line, Bradley Chubb, Kentavius Street, B.J. Hill and Justin Jones all worked out for scouts and head coaches, including New England Patriots' Bill Belichick during the Wolfpack's Pro Day Monday, March 19, 2018.
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NC State's senior starting defensive line, Bradley Chubb, Kentavius Street, B.J. Hill and Justin Jones all worked out for scouts and head coaches, including New England Patriots' Bill Belichick during the Wolfpack's Pro Day Monday, March 19, 2018.

The 2018 NFL draft starts Thursday in Dallas. Several local players expect to picked over the course of the three-day event, while several others should get invited to camps as free agents. Here’s a list of local players who should be drafted and what rounds they are predicted to be selected.

N.C. State

Bradley Chubb, defensive end

Chubb is expected to be off the board early on Thursday. Most mock drafts have him going in the first six picks.

Draft projection: Round 1

B.J. Hill, defensive tackle

Was named the Senior Bowl Player of the Week. Left the Wolfpack with 26.5 career tackles for loss.

Draft projection: Round 3

Nyheim Hines, running back

Kick return abilities and track speed should make Hines intriguing for most teams. Also played wide receiver at N.C. State.

Draft projection: Rounds 3-4

NC State's Nyheim Hines talks about Pro Day and being able to work out with teammate Jaylen Samuels during the Wolfpack's Pro Day Monday, March 19, 2018. Players worked out for scouts and head coaches, including New England Patriots' Bill Belichick.

Justin Jones, defensive tackle

Like Hill, Jones saw his stock rise after a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Draft projection: Rounds 4-5

Will Richardson, offensive tackle

Was an All-ACC second team selection as a junior. Left school early to enter NFL draft.

Draft projection: Rounds 3-4

Jaylen Samuels, tight end/fullback

The biggest question with Samuels is what position he will play. Played running back, wide receiver, tight end and fullback at N.C. State.

Draft projection: Round 4

NC State's Jaylen Samuels is drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round. Samuels, the Wolfpack's all-time leading receiver, is the NFL draft's Swiss Army knife of players - he can do everything.

Kentavius Street, defensive end

Injured his ACL during pre-draft workouts. Should still be selected if teams are willing to wait until the rehab process pays off.

Draft projection: Before his injury, Street was projected to go between Rounds 3-4

The Denver Broncos took NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the No. 5 overall in the NFL draft. The consensus first team All-American is the Wolfpack all time leader in sacks in and tackles for a loss.

North Carolina

M.J. Stewart, cornerback

Three-year starter could possibly convert to safety at the next level.

Draft projection: Round 2-4

Smith talks about his workout following North Carolina’s Pro Timing Day for NFL scouts on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Andre Smith, linebacker

Played in just two games in 2017 after injuring his knee. Had a productive sophomore year with 113 tackles.

Draft projection: Rounds 6-7

Duke

Duke defensive tackle Mike Ramsay talks with reporter's after pro timing day. Ramsay could be picked in the NFL draft.

Mike Ramsay, defensive tackle

Ramsay stock is rising after his pro day at Duke.

Draft projection: Round 7/Free agency

East Carolina

Davon Grayson, wide receiver

Missed all of 2016 season with a back injury, bounced back and was an All-American Athletic Conference honorable mention selection in 2017.

Draft projection: Round 7/Free agency

St. Augustine's

Sam Boyd, wide receiver

Some scouts have made the trip to Raleigh and like Boyd’s size (6-4, 250 pounds) for his position, even though he might switch to a tight end/wide receiver hybrid at the next level.

Draft projection: Round 7/Free agency

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