Chad Thomas

Miami
DE

Prospect Info

College
Miami
Hometown
Class
Miami, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
281 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.61
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cleveland
Browns
Round 3 ‧ Pick 3
40 Yard Dash
4.92
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
29.0
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Broad Jump
116.0
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Thomas' talents on the football field are only equaled by his musical ability, as he plays nine instruments (piano, trombone, euphonium, bass guitar, regular guitar, snare, tuba, trumpet and drums). A first-team all-Florida pick as a junior and senior, Thomas was highly-coveted coming from Miami's Booker T. Washington High. Thomas saw some action in his true freshman, playing 12 games as a reserve (seven tackles, one for loss). He then started eight games in 2015, being credited with 18 stops, 1.5 for loss, and four pass break-ups. His breakout season came as a junior, when Thomas started 12 games, made 37 tackles, 11 of which went for losses. He also had 4.5 sacks and used his height and long arms to break up three passes. Thomas started all 13 games for the Canes in 2017, posting 41 stops, 12.5 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Jason Jones
Overview
Has all the physical and athletic traits that a team could look for along the edge and he's versatile enough to play in an odd or even front. Thomas' draft grade is based much more on projection than production and he will need prove that he can convert coaching into success on the field as a pass rusher. Thomas has the potential to become a much better pro than college player, but his floor is lower than you might like.
Strengths
  • Possesses desired NFL size with well proportioned, athletic body type that can keep adding muscle
  • Has physical traits to play in odd or even fronts
  • Loose hipped and drives upfield with long, powerful strides as pass rusher
  • Converts speed into power
  • Agility allows for effective paths to quarterback when operating in twist game
  • Smooth lateral movement can mirror running backs
  • Change of direction comes easily
  • Athletic enough to drop into space as standup linebacker on occasion
  • Possesses booming burst to close out quarterbacks and running backs when he locks them in
  • Extremely rangy
  • Plays with great bend
  • Always under his opponents pads
  • Leverage makes him tough to move off point of attack
Weaknesses
  • Hasn't figured out how to use his hands yet and will need more schooling in that area
  • Leads with his torso and shoulders and is there to be punched by tackles
  • Inability to soften the outside edge protection tackle makes trimming edge and flattening to quarterback more challenging
  • Posted unimpressive production despite size and athletic traits
  • Finished career with only 99 regular season tackles and nine sacks
  • Loose upper body and hips go to waste too often
  • Slow to process against run game
  • Lacks instincts and plays with wasted movement
  • Gets by on athletic ability
Sources Tell Us

"He will be a very good NFL player or a bust. I don't think there will be an in-between. He has his music thing which he's supposedly really good at. I think it's legitimate to question whether or not his heart will be into football as a long-term passion. He's really talented but hasn't improved like he should have." -- AFC team East Coast scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league