Originally Posted by chuch
I've seen a couple people down on Phillip Thomas and was curious as to why.
Barring a horrendous showing at the combine I think it's a near certainty he gets drafted in the first two rounds.
His speed appears fine to me. I would guess that his speed is better than some
of the other high rated safeties.
I've only watched 2 full Fresno State games, but the biggest negative that I noticed is how easily he was getting blocked on running plays.
Safety is the most difficult position to evaluate, IMO. It is especially difficult without the All-22 film. Without or without the film, you really need to watch a significant number of games to get a feel for a Safety's instincts.
I've seen some reports that he takes a lot of bad angles and that his instincts are questionable. I didn't see any proof one way or the other, but like I said, 2 games is not really enough.
I would be shocked if he gets drafted in the 1st round. I would guess late 2nd at the very earliest. There are a lot of other choices at Safety this year.
The Combine/Pro-Days are going to have a big affect on the Safety rankings.