Positives: Has impressive size and strength for a running back. Has surprising speed for a man his size and shows solid burst to hit the hole. Shows some shiftiness and can be tough to get down in the open field at times. Runs patiently and will find cut-back lanes if you over-pursue against him. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and is so big that he matches up well in pass protection against just about anyone. Flashes a stiff arm at times.
Negatives: Thomas runs with poor pad level which is a problem for someone as tall as him. Despite his great size and strength he is very much a finesse runner, not a power runner. He doesn’t do well with contact, he doesn’t get a lot of yardage after contact, he doesn’t break tackles well and he doesn’t finish runs well.
Overall: Thomas is kind of a strange back because he has pretty good speed for his size but that is negated by the fact that he is a finesse runner and not a power back. His pad level and running style really concerns me because I don’t think he projects well to the NFL because he won’t be fast enough to outrun people and he’s not strong enough and tough enough to run people over, plus that just isn’t his running style. He might stick on a team and carve out a role for himself but I don’t think he will ever be an effective starter in the NFL.
Projection: 5th/6th round. He has limited upside and I don’t think he is going to get picked very high despite his impressive college production.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
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