Photo of Noel Thomas
Grade
5.12 ?
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 9 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 205LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

Thomas played for his father, Noel Sr., at St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Connecticut, and then decided to stay in-state for his collegiate career. Taking off his redshirt after the first month of his freshman season, he played in five games, making three catches for 32 yards. Thomas started five of 12 games played in 2014, leading the team with four receiving touchdowns on his 26 receptions that went for 305 yards. He was the Huskies' top receiver as a junior (54-719, three TDs) before breaking out during a senior campaign that saw him set the school record with 100 receptions. Thomas finished with 1,179 yards on the year, along with three touchdowns, and rushed for 60 yards on 13 attempts.

Analysis

Strengths

Displays some early speed in his get-off against off-man coverage. Has experience lining up inside and outside. At his best working in the seam and over the middle from the slot. Ball skills can be impressive depending on the game you watch. The more challenging the catch, the more elevated the ball skills become. Despite slightly shorter arms, gets every inch of extension from them when pulling in the high throw or diving for a deep pass. Makes well-timed adjustments to work into catch position on back shoulder throws. Has some "yards after catch" talent down when he's allowed to stride in open space.

Weaknesses

Short stepper. Has to take twice as many steps to work around press coverage. Gets caught and jammed by stiff jabs from aggressive press corners. Upright and rounded at his break points. Salesmanship in his route fakes is severely lacking. Cornerbacks will often run his routes for him. Needs to maintain vertical speed rather than gearing down to find ball. Lacks separation talent and defenders usually stationed nearby. Has just six touchdown catches over last 267 targets. Hands can go from impressive to lackluster in an instant.

Bottom Line

Thomas has pretty good NFL size, but his route running is poor allowing defensive backs to jump his routes far too often. Thomas' issues getting off of press coverage is a concern and he'll likely have to try and make the league as a big slot receiver. His highlight reel catchers are nice window dressing, but he needs to catch the ball with more consistency and work on the nuances of the position.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.