Prospect

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Daniel Thomas (RB)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    230 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 in.
  • College:
    Kansas St.
  • Conference:
    Big 12
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Selected by: Miami Dolphins
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 30 (62)

Pick Analysis: Tony Sparano picks up insurance to the potential departures of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams with the selection of Thomas, who gives the Dolphins a big, physical runner with the size and strength to effectively pound the ball between the tackles. Though he lacks speed to go the distance, his grind-it-out style suits the hard-nosed mentality of their offense.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash- -
  • Bench Press21.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump- -
  • Broad Jump- -
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle- -
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Thomas the combination of size, strength, burst and vision to become a solid NFL starting running back. A lot of his production comes in-between the tackles, picking his lanes, bursting through the hole, staying behind his pads and finishing runs by falling forward for additional yardage. Good in short yardage and goal line situations. Has enough agility to shake some defenders, get the corner and get upfield but isn't a true home-run threat. Does a very good job in pass protection but may never become a difference-making pass-catching option at the next level. Thomas carries a second round grade and could contribute immediately.


Strengths

Thomas has a great blend of size, power and speed. Consistently gains yardage after contact and breaks arm tackles. Can push the pile. Possesses good vision and patience. Has great initial burst, especially for a big back. Can make defenders miss in the box with his quick feet. Willing and capable in pass pro. Durable and can handle the load.

Weaknesses

Occasionally waits a count too long before cutting upfield through the hole. Has great short-area athleticism but doesn't possess great top-end speed to break a lot of long runs. Isn't overly comfortable in the passing game. Not a refined route-runner and struggles at times to create space.

Grade

6.7

 

Video Playlist

  1. Dolphins pick Daniel Thomas No. 62

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 08:41 p.m.

    Former Dolphins CB Sam Madison announces Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas as the Dolphins' selection with the 62nd overall pick.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas.

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