Photo of Darron Thomas
Grade
55.0 ?
  • 4.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.17 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 7/8" Arm Length
  • 220LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Thomas made a surprising decision to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL Draft following a 2012 season in which he led Oregon to a Rose Bowl victory. Only a year removed from appearing in the national championship game, Thomas had an extremely productive year. Has some intriguing aspects to his game and with a strong pre-draft process could have the ability to be taken as a flier in the late rounds.

Analysis

Strengths

There is something to be said for being able to run such a high-tempo spread option offense like the one run at Oregon. Thomas is an excellent game manager who ran an offense built around the quarterback controlling the pace and getting the ball to playmakers without making critical mistakes. Is deceptively big and strong, and at 6'3" 215 pounds actually has good size for the NFL. Can even add weight to his frame. Can make quick decisions with the ball and is an accurate passer in the short to intermediate game. A threat as a runner and is able to get zip on some of his balls.

Weaknesses

Thomas has technical issues in his throwing motion that will need to be addressed for him to stand a chance at the next level. Although he releases the ball at a nice high point, he has a lot of wasted motions that delay the timing of routes. Often made easy, dump-off throws within Oregon's offense and wasn't relied upon to put the ball in tight spots. Not the open-field athlete that his pocket movements might suggest. Need to develop a quicker release.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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