Biography: Full-time starter the past two seasons, posting 23/2.5 as a senior after 34/3.5. /1 the prior year.
Positives: Big, powerful interior lineman who can be used at tackle or on the nose. Plays low to the ground, stout at the point, and quickly gets off the snap with a nice first step. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, shows terrific overall body strength, and clogs the middle of the field. Pushes blockers off the line and flashes the ability to collapse the pocket.
Negatives: Seems to wear down as the game proceeds and looks sluggish at times. Fast up the field but struggles making plays laterally. Must improve his playing balance.
Analysis: Thomas is a space eater in the middle of the line and a defender who is seemingly impossible to move off the point. More of a straight-line defender with minimal skills rushing the passer, he is a two-gap lineman whose greatest asset is the ability to free things up for the linebackers who play behind him.
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