Chad Thomas Draft Profile

Chad Thomas draft profile

Strengths:

  • Possesses desired NFL size with well proportioned, athletic body type that can keep adding muscle
  • Versatile-can play in multiple schemes and fronts
  • Converts speed into power
  • Change of direction comes easily
  • Athletic enough to drop into space as standup linebacker on occasion
  • Extremely rangy
  • Plays with great bend
  • Leverage winner
  • Agility allows for effective paths to quarterback when operating in twist game

Analysis: Chad Thomas has all the physical and athletic traits that a team could look for along the edge and he’s versatile enough to play in an odd or even front. Thomas’ draft grade is based much more on projection than production and he will need prove that he can convert coaching into success on the field as a pass rusher. Thomas has the potential to become a much better pro than college player, but his floor is lower than you might like. He is one of the most athletic defensive lineman in the draft and wins leverage battles more times than he loses. His versatility will be coveted by NFL teams who can use him as a pass rusher with his hand in the dirt or as a stand-up OLB who could be asked to drop into coverage if needed.

Weaknesses:

  • Hand usage is poor and will need coaching to correct
  • Posted unimpressive production despite size and athletic traits
  • Finished career with only 99 regular season tackles and nine sacks
  • Slow to process against run game
  • Lacks instincts and plays with wasted movement
  • Gets by on athletic ability

Analysis: Chad Thomas may look like a future NFL superstar but his actual production in college begs to differ. Accumulating less than 100 tackles and less than 10 sacks during his entire Hurricane career speaks to that lack of production. He will need to be coached up at the next level and willing to learn/put in the work to be successful. He got by at Miami due to athletic ability alone–that won’t work in the pros. He is not a factor in the running game. If he can take to coaching and put the work in the weight/film room Thomas will be a much better pro than he was in college.

What the scouts say: “He will be a very good NFL player or a bust. I don’t think there will be an in-between. He has his music thing which he’s supposedly really good at. I think it’s legitimate to question whether or not his heart will be into football as a long-term passion. He’s really talented but hasn’t improved like he should have.” — AFC team East Coast scout

Size: 6’5 281lbs

Draft Grade: Late Day 2 grade

NFL Comparison: Alex Okafor

Draft Projection: Round 3-4

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