Derrek Thomas

Baylor
CB
DB32

Prospect Info

College
Baylor
Hometown
Class
NY
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
189 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.19
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.44
Seconds
 
Bench Press
8
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
39.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
131.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Derrek "DT" Thomas began his collegiate football career at Temple, but injuries and a position change limited his production there. He joined his former coach, Matt Rhule, at Baylor for the 2018 season and excelled. Thomas started 11 of 13 games in 2018, finishing the year with three pass breakups against Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl. He had 21 tackles, one interception and seven pass breakups in total on the year. In his final year playing for the Owls, he started once in seven appearances (six tackles, one interception, six pass breakups), missing four games with injuries. He switched from receiver to cornerback as a sophomore in 2016, playing in 13 games with two starts (29 tackles, seven pass breakups). Thomas redshirted the 2015 season after playing in four contests as a true freshman in 2014. Thomas played football and basketball in high school, then went to Milford Academy for one year to improve his academics before heading to Philadelphia.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
When tape shows Thomas crowding up tight against receivers and stalling their release with his long arms and accurate punch, teams could start conceiving of ways to develop and utilize him as a pro, but his game simply isn't far enough along at this point. His lack of instincts and passivity in run support could be hard to work-around on the next level. With just three years as a full-time cornerback, it's fair to assume he will continue to improve, but he needs plenty of work and he must get tougher.
Strengths
  • Rare height and length for a cornerback
  • Considered an outstanding tester inside the program
  • Long arms are menacing from press
  • Able to stab and derail release of Hakeem Butler of Iowa State
  • Forces receivers to alter release strategy
  • Decent downhill drive on the throw from catch-man
  • Decent long speed for his size
  • Skyscraper in trail coverage
  • Footwork is fairly natural for him despite high center of gravity
  • High-point battles are tilted in his favor
Weaknesses
  • Just three years at cornerback with 14 career starts
  • Lanky and lacks strength
  • As leggy as they come at the position
  • Short-area movements take a tick longer for him
  • Pronounced stall to drive from the top of his backpedal
  • Poor brake pads to mirror comeback routes
  • Sluggish in lateral change of direction
  • Project-level instincts at this point
  • Is not here for necessary run-support duties
  • Sits back and lays on blocks without enough fight
Sources Tell Us

"He would have to test really, really well to have a chance to be drafted. His tape isn't that good. He's a developmental project, but I would think he's more of a free agent." - NFC area 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