Strengths: Possesses good power for his size and is physical at the point of attack. Has the upper body strength to maintain separation from blockers and sheds blocks quickly. Shows good instincts and rarely takes false steps. Takes excellent angles to the ball, uses hands to get through traffic quickly and makes plays in pursuit despite lacking ideal closing speed. Plays with a non-stop motor and makes plays with second effort. Played defensive end at the high school level, has the potential to develop into a quality special teams' player and has some versatility. While didn't participate in any contact drills during spring ball of 2001 because of shoulder injury has stayed relatively healthy and durability isn't a substantial concern at this point.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal speed and won't make plays from sideline-to-sideline. Struggles when forced to change directions quickly, has some problems making plays in space and misses the occasional open field tackle. Doesn't have great athletic ability, doesn't show great range and is somewhat of a liability in man coverage. Lacks ideal bulk and bigger offensive linemen will have some success engulfing him at the point of attack.
Overall: Thomas saw action in all 12 games of his freshman season in 2001, he started 12 of North Carolina State's 14 games in 2002 and he started all 24 games between his junior and senior seasons of 2003 and 2004. He finished his senior season with 61 total tackles, including 15 for loss and five sacks. Thomas doesn't have much of an upside, as he simply lacks the lateral mobility, explosiveness and range to develop into a consistent contributor in the NFL. However, there is a lot to like about his strength at the point of attack, his instincts and his physical approach to the game. Thomas has the potential to develop into a situational run stuffer if he can add some bulk. He also has the perfect mentality, toughness and tackling skills to contribute on special teams. In our opinion, Thomas is worth drafting in the seventh round and definitely is worth bringing into training camp as a free agent if he goes undrafted.
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