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Grade
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  • 5.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 7.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 292LBS. Weight

Overview

One of the more intriguing guard prospects in the 2008 draft, Thomas' stock skyrocketed this season as he finally turned his athletic potential into on-the-field production. A rare athlete for the position, Thomas is well built and flashes explosiveness and nastiness in his blocking. Thomas' star is on the rise after impressive performances at the Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine Game.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Well-built athlete. ... Muscular build rarely seen on an offensive lineman. ... Explosive at the point of contact and can stun defenders with his initial jolt. ... Good initial quickness and can get out and block at the second level. ... Ascending prospect who stepped up his level of play as a senior. Negatives: Well-built upper body, but lacks lower body strength at this time. ... Lacks the leg drive to generate consistent movement as a drive blocker and has only marginal anchor in pass protection. ... Only developed into a standout as a senior, so there are questions about his motivation once he gets an NFL paycheck. ... Has some off-field issues scouts will need to investigate.
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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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