Roc Thomas Draft Profile

Roc Thomas Draft Profile

Strengths:

  • Former five-star prospect who looks the part with well-defined, proportional frame
  • Has juice when he commits downhill
  • Powerful lower half
  • Uses vision and short-area foot quickness to access brand new running lanes along interior
  • Features exceptional balance through contact allowing him to keep the train rolling
  • Jump cuts are sudden and wide
  • Not relied upon in passing game, but has ability

Analysis: Roc Thomas was one of the top five running back recruits in the country coming out of Oxford, Ala., in 2014. Auburn snapped up the state’s Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year (2,211 rushing yards, 32 touchdowns), and put him to work immediately with two starts in 12 games (43 carries, 214 yards, two touchdowns; six receptions, 27 yards). In 2015, Thomas struggled with some injuries and managed only a bit more work on offense (three starts in 12 games, 43 carries, 261 yards, one touchdown; 11 receptions, 200 yards, one touchdown). Seeing the writing on the wall for a somewhat limited role on offense for the Tigers again in 2016, Thomas transferred in-state to JSU. He has decent vision and his jump cuts are a thing of beauty on tape. His lower half is built like his first name (Roc–rock) and he is equipped with exceptional balance through contact. He wasn’t asked to catch the ball a lot at JSU (21 catches in 2017) but he has solid hands and will be used as more of a receiving back in the pros.

Weaknesses:

  • Looks bigger than listed weight
  • Vision runs hot and cold
  • Need to see much better pass pro effort
  • Looks for too many highlight reel runs rather than banging out what’s there
  • Will need to work on patience and allowing his blocking to develop
  • Need to see him run feet through contact rather than pulling up short

Analysis: Roc Thomas is a change of pace back with plus athletic ability and agility, who can be too eager to turn every run into a big play. He will need to run with better patience and discipline to keep running back coaches from staying in his face. Thomas is able to create yardage through burst, elusiveness and yards after contact, but he lacks consistency from run to run. Thomas needs work, but he has the talent to potentially attract attention late on Day 3. Too often on tape, Thomas looks to make the big home run play rather than taking the yards he has right in front of him. This can lead to negative plays in the pros. Patience is key for Roc Thomas’ long-term success in the NFL. If he can allow his blocks to develop in front of him, he is a solid change-of-pace back.

What the scouts say: “He can get up and scoot. Has some potential to be a good second back. –NFC Regional Scout

Size: 5’11 193lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Ameer Abdullah

Draft Projection: Round 5-6

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