BIO: Moved from outside linebacker into the middle as a senior and totaled 75 tackles with seven tackles for loss. Junior numbers included 92/11/3. Awarded all-conference honors his first two seasons in the program, leading the team in tackles as a sophomore with 122.
POSITIVES: Nice-sized athletic linebacker built for the weak-side. Fluid changing direction, displays speed and easily runs with tight ends or running backs in coverage. Displays outstanding pursuit skills. Slips off blocks and gets to the action with a burst of closing speed. Quick filling the gaps in run defense, forceful and wraps up tackling.
NEGATIVES: Struggled at middle linebacker last season. Not instinctive when the ball's in the air and takes too many false steps to the action.
ANALYSIS: Thomas has the athletic skills to be a productive player at the next level yet needs to polish off his mental skills. Should be starting in the NFL by his second season in the league.