CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 30: Nick Provo #80 of the Syracuse Orange runs with the ball after a reception during the Big East Conference game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on October 30 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
We already know all about Chandler Jones' prospects for tomorrow night's draft. A guy who I thought would be a nice third or fourth round pick has shot up the draft boards due to his incredible potential, versatility, and athletic blood lines. At this point, Chandler seems a like an absolute lock for the first round.
But what about the other Orangemen who hope to have their NFL dreams come true this weekend?
Phillip Thomas is the other Syracuse player leaving early, mostly due to the year-long suspension that cost him his final two games last season. Phil's preparation for the draft has been a mixed bag. His measurables (5'10", 198 lbs) are a bit on the small size for safeties, he only ran a 4.69 in the 40, and his 14 bench press reps are among the lowest for his position. However, Phil has done really well in the drills, has a penchant for picking off passes, and many think he is ideal for a Cover 2 defense.
Phil's in pretty good shape to get drafted, most likely in the 5th-6th round, and will probably stick with a team.
Nick Provo is probably the last decent chance for Syracuse to have a third draftee this year. While he's not wildly athletic like some of the league's best tight ends, he's a reliable receiver who can be a valuable target in the red zone or in short yardage situations. Nick measured out at 6'3"/237 and ran a solid 4.77 at Syracuse Pro Day.
The odds are probably against Nick to get drafted, but he has a puncher's chance to sneak into the 7th round. If not, he will almost definitely find himself in a camp this summer.