BIO: Two-year starter who posted career numbers of 38/11/4 as a senior after 24 tackles and one sack the previous season.
POSITIVES: Athletic defensive end who can be used in a variety of systems at the next level. Breaks down well, plays with balance and rarely off his feet. Collapses from the outside to defend the run, and displays a good change of direction. Wedges through blocks, quick closing on the ballcarrier, and makes a lot of athletic plays. Effective dropped off the line of scrimmage and gets depth in pass coverage.
NEGATIVES: Lacks the explosive first step off the snap. Not strong at the point, takes wide angles around blockers and walled from the action by opposing fullbacks. Indecisive and slow locating the ball. Marginally productive.
ANALYSIS: Physically gifted, Thomas displayed marked improvement as a senior, yet he must improve his strength and football instincts. Underlying athletic skills gives him the upper hand to succeed at the next level.