The Oklahoma prep began his college career at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in 2010. Played in 11 games and recorded 51 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five sacks with two passes batted and one forced fumble. Transferred to Arkansas in '11 and appeared in 12 games (five starts) that fall, tallying 23-2.5-1. Missed one game with a leg injury. In '12, he saw action in all 12 games (two starts) and had 18-5-2.5. Started the first seven games of '13, managing 31-6-3.5 suffering a season-ending broken left leg against South Carolina. Had surgery in October, but had not recovered in time for the NFL Scouting Combine. Team captain.
Has good body mass. Can keep blockers occupied, fight the double team and control gaps. Plays hard and competes. Is a respected team leader.
Round-bodied. Struggles to play off or split the double team. Limited short-area range and closing burst. Gets stuck in place and struggles to disengage blocks. Lacks power to walk back blockers or generate a push.
Priority free agent
A heavy-bodied, short-range, effort player, Thomas did not finish the season after breaking a bone in his leg. Can fend for a role as a rotational wave backup in the pros. Practice-squad candidate.