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Combine Results

5.17 ?
  • 4.98 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 286LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands


Ranked in the top 30 of all recruits nationally coming out of Detroit, Thomas could have signed on with many different programs across the country. He stayed close to home, however, signing with the Spartans. Thomas redshirted in 2011 before splitting the next season between defensive end, fullback (he caught seven passes for 78 yards), and defensive tackle. He missed the first half of the 2013 season with a back injury, managing only on the year. Thomas proved healthy the following year, starting every game (12 at nose tackle despite his tall, athletic build), making 30 tackles, 4.5 for loss. MSU coaches moved him at defensive end for most of his senior season, resulting in career highs in tackles (38), tackles for loss (five), sacks (three), and pass break-ups (six). This improvement did not escape Big Ten coaches, who voted him honorable mention all-conference.

Pro Day Results

Short shuttle: 4.45 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.55 seconds
Bench: 24 reps of 225 pounds



Outstanding athleticism for a man his size. Came in as a linebacker before moving to defensive line. Has muscular, well­-defined lower body with very little bad weight on his frame. Knee­-bender who comes off ball looking to strike a leveraged, upward blow. Good motor and is always working to improve his positioning with footwork and upper body strength. Hard to get him sealed and won’t quit on plays. Plays with good lateral bend and quickness. Unselfish and does dirty work asked of him to keep linebackers flowing. Can be a two­-down power end or has room for more weight to be play inside.


Hard worker, but lacking in overall production. Not much of a finisher on the other side of the line. Needs to get into blocker's framework more quickly with his hands. Aggressive in his "take ­on" but could improve with the quickness of his control and shed. Effort pass rusher who didn’t get home much with the Spartans. Uses a random spin move that gains little ground. Doesn't seem to rush passer with a plan.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Worker bee type with the energy and athleticism to get you excited, but the lack of production that could keep him from becoming anything more than a rotational lineman. Teams will need to decide where to play him, but with a frame that carries so much good weight already, it isn't hard to imagine Thomas carrying 315 pounds for a full­-time spot inside. Keep in mind that Thomas played fullback as a freshman and teams might want to give him another look there.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster