Thomas is an uber-athletic, pass-catching tight end who drew comparisons to Antonio Gates from NFL Media draft expert Daniel Jeremiah.
"He's got athletic traits and upside," said fellow draft sage Mike Mayock, who praised Thomas as a "very physical" specimen who has teams "intrigued by his upside."
"Has not played a lot of football," one scout told Bob McGinn of BobMcGinnFootball.com. "A good move guy. Very good athlete. He's going to shine as a receiver first. He can be a matchup problem for linebackers. He will block. He has improved his strength. He's tough. He's been through a lot in his life to get to where he is. He has proven he can overcome adversity."
Thomas, though, could see time right away as a complimentary weapon bursting with raw physical traits and exciting potential for the Panthers.