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James Thomas (LB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    241 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    West Virginia
  • Conference:
    Big 12
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Selected by: Chicago Bears
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 30 (195)

Pick Analysis: Thomas could not have landed in a better place, as the Bears' Tampa-2 scheme suits him perfectly. He'll have a chance in Chicago.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.68 sec
  • Bench Press23.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump30.5 inch
  • Broad Jump114.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.23 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.28 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.84 sec
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Overview

Thomas is an undersized linebacker, but he has the speed and athleticism to develop into a quality reserve in a Tampa 2 system. He has a great closing burst, but gets blown out of the play in run support too often and lacks the upper body strength to consistently shed blocks. He excels in pass coverage, as he has great awareness and range in zone and the hip fluidity to stick with running backs and tight ends in man. Thomas is a fundamentally sound tackler that can also contribute on special teams and should be a later round pick.


Strengths

Thomas is a speedy 'backer with good length. Possesses the range to make plays from sideline-to-sideline. Shows a smooth back pedal and gets into sound position in coverage. Flashes the closing burst to jump crossing routes and break up passes. Sound tackler that consistently wraps.

Weaknesses

A moment slow reacting to the play and can get caught out of position. Lacks the bulk to take on blocks at the next level and gets overwhelmed in phone booth situations. Takes poor pursuit angles at times and struggles to wade through traffic. Inconsistent footwork limits his explosive first step. Not an effective blitzer.

Grade

3.6

 
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