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Jaimie Thomas (OT)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 323
College: Maryland
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
High School: Bishop McDevitt
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Selected by: Indianapolis Colts
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 27 (236)
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Pick Analysis: Thomas is strong, smart and has good athletic ability. He was a two-year starter at Maryland and was a good pass protector in a run-oriented offense with the Terps. He's a good value pick in the seventh round.
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Overview

A three-year starter at left guard for the Terrapins, Thomas developed into an honorable mention ACC pick as a senior and could have contended for higher honors if not for an inconsistent offense. NFL teams looking for a drive-blocking guard will scout Thomas closely. Big and strong, Thomas is at his best attacking in short areas and driving straight ahead to create holes. Though he flashes the quickness to get to the second level, Thomas' lack of balance and agility in the open field doesn't make him a fit for zone-blocking teams. Had an arm span of 35 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.


High School

Bishop McDevitt High School: A three-year letterwinner and starter who played offensive tackle all three years while spending significant time at defensive tackle as a junior and senior ... Allowed no sacks in his junior or senior seasons while only giving up one as a sophomore ... Had over 40 pancake blocks as a senior ... Was the lone returning starter on a line that ended up blocking for the state's leading rusher, sophomore LeSean McCoy, who had 2,561 yards in 10 games in 2003 ... A SuperPrep All-American and All-Northeast region selection ... First-team all-state as a senior ... First-team all-conference as a junior and senior ... An honorable-mention pick by PrepStar ... Lettered three years in basketball ... Also recruited by Notre Dame, Tennessee and Penn State ... Coached by Jeff Weachter.


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Analysis

Positives: Good upper-body strength. ... A bit high with his hand placement, but keeps his feet chugging and can pop, turn and pancake his opponent to clear a hole. ... Good first-step quickness to get to the second level. ... Aggressive. ... Looks to hit someone and keeps his head on a swivel to help teammates when not covered up. ... Good effort downfield to block. ... Three-year starter.


Negatives: Carries some unnecessary weight around the middle. ... Marginal lateral quickness. ... Struggles laterally in space, losing his balance when asked to make blocks in the open field or when helping with unexpected blitzes. ... Requires a medical check on right leg; missed half of the 2007 season due to a broken right fibula.


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