Biography: Two-year starter who led Indiana in tackles last season with 80 tackles/10.5 tackles for loss/1 sack. Junior totals included 82 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions.
Positives: Instinctive college linebacker who plays hard sideline to sideline. Breaks down well, gets his hands up to protect himself and remains disciplined with assignments. Displays a good head for the ball, correctly reads the action and effectively quarterbacks the defense. Competitive, hardworking and wraps up when tackling.
Negatives: Neither quick nor smooth pedaling in reverse. Marginal skills in coverage. Rather easily caught up in the wash for a well-sized linebacker.
Analysis: Thomas is a tough and smart linebacker who is best defending the run. He comes with a special teams mentality and should be an effective backup at the next level on the inside of a 34 alignment.
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