Jordan Thomas

Mississippi St.
TE

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi St.
Hometown
Class
Sumrall, MS
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
265 lbs
34 1/8”
Hands
11 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.17
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Houston
Texans
Round 6 ‧ Pick 37
40 Yard Dash
4.74
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
27.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
111.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.5
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.75
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Thomas is a physical specimen that coaches found a way to get onto the field as an outside receiver in 2017 despite his 6-foot-5, 280-pound frame. The team's tight end depth forced the move, and he took advantage by catching 22 passes for 263 yards and three scores. Thomas was a reserve tight end in 2016, grabbing nine throws for 48 yards and a score, in his first year on campus. He was the No. 1 junior college tight end recruit out of East Central (Mississippi) Community College, where he contributed for two seasons (16 catches, 207 yards, three touchdowns in seven games in 2015) after being lightly recruited from Sumrall High School.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
From a football standpoint, there isn't enough there to warrant a draft pick, but Thomas has rare size, speed and athletic traits and that might be enough to hear his name called on Day 3 of the draft. Thomas played outside for the Bulldogs this year, but those days are over. He'll need simpler routes as a tight end and has to be coached up on how best to utilize his frame to wall off defenders. A team could add Thomas with the idea of converting him to defensive end if it doesn't work out at tight end.
Strengths
  • Freaky size-speed combination
  • Big and athletic
  • Teams will be intrigued by his background which included junior college basketball and reps at not only tight end, but also defensive end and offensive tackle
  • Comes off the line of scrimmage with good forward lean and powerful drive into routes
  • May be too fast for some linebackers to handle down the field
  • Has size to plow through smaller defensive backs attempting to re-route him
  • Has size to overwhelm slot defenders on run plays
Weaknesses
  • Attention comes from physical traits and not football play
  • Has just 31 college catches
  • Unable to find clean releases against press coverage
  • Routes are a mess
  • Struggles getting in and out of breaks and patterns don't fool defenders
  • Fights the football with his hands
  • Lacks functional ball skills down the field
  • Hasn't learned to use his massive frame as a weapon yet
Sources Tell Us

"There is no way I would put my name on him to my boss. No way. I don't think he can be trusted on or off the field. You see flashes but I think that's all it is. Flashes." -- AFC team regional 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