Thomas started every game for Syracuse the past two years. He is undersized for the position yet had 85 tackles and six interceptions in 2011. He excels in run support and, although he wasn't used on special teams in college, is a likely special teams candidate due to his superb tackling skills and overall physicality. He might go undrafted, but he has a good chance of making a 53-man roster.
Thomas is a competitive and active safety who is very physical in run support. He displays good foot speed in the open field when playing zone and can keep receivers off their routes with his physicality in man coverage.
Thomas struggles playing the ball and lacks awareness when cut loose in the open field to cover receivers. He could be a liability in coverage, as he takes risks and is quick to bite on double moves, and doesn't have the change of direction or burst to recover when beat.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.