Joe Thuney was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round (78th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
2016 (16/16, 3/3)
- Earned a starting position along the offensive line coming out of training camp and started all 16 regular-season games at left guard.
- Started at left guard for all three playoff contests.
- Made his first career start and NFL debut at left guard in the win at Arizona (9/11).
- Played in 41 career games along the offensive line at North Carolina State.
- Named a first-team All-American by USA Today, the first Wolfpack offensive lineman to earn All-America honors since Outland Trophy winner Jim Ritcher in 1979. Also a first-team All-ACC performer on the media team, he was the first Wolfpack offensive lineman to earn that honor since 2003.
- Started games at four of the five positions on the offensive line: left tackle, left guard, right guard and right tackle.
- Earned Academic All-ACC honors and named to the 2014-15 Academic Honor Roll.
- Did not allow a sack in 589 snaps during 2015 ACC play from his left tackle spot.
- Was a member of two D4 state championship teams at Archbishop Alter HS.
- Voted Greater Catholic League Lineman of the Year as a senior in 2010.
- Also played basketball, where he started for two years and led his conference in rebounding as a junior.
- Served as president of his senior class.
- Earned his degree from NC State prior to his junior campaign.