2012 Draft Results

Overall Football Traits

Production52007: Redshirt. 2008: (5/0)-3 2009: (8/0)-6 2010: (12/3)-14 Career (2008-'10) - 1 FF. 1PBU-1 INT.
Height-Weight-Speed3Above average height and weight to go along with slightly below average top-end speed.
Durability3"Hasn't sustained any substantial injuries to our knowledge. However, has appeared in just 25 games over the past three years and will leave Ohio State without appearing in every game of a single season. "
Intangibles4NCAA suspended him for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling championship gear. Ohio State investigating several car purchases to determine whether or not any NCAA rules were violated at the time this report was written and Thomas is reportedly part of that investigation. .
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Defensive End Specific Traits

Pass Rush Skills3Kept head up and located the ball. Recognized when quarterback started throwing motion and got hands up in passing lanes. Read quarterback when dropped into underneath zone coverage. Pass rush lane discipline is a concern. Got caught too far inside and quarterback scrambled for first down after breaking contain late in the first half of the 2010 Eastern Michigan game.
Versus the run4Flashed ability to slip block with quick swim move and shoot into the backfield. Got adequate hand placement and flashed ability to stack tight ends but took too long to get off bock more times than not. Struggled to hold ground against offensive tackles. Played too high and not stout enough to get away with it. Narrow hips and lean lower body. Took too long to fight off cut blocks.
Versatility3Above average lateral mobility when scraping down the line of scrimmage. Flashed ability to close down cutback lane. Made some plays with second effort but showed average overall range and not a sideline-to-sideline defender.
Instincts/Motor3"Can wrap and drag ball carrier to the ground. Kept head downfield and limited production after contact when unable to square up. However, limited body of work is a concern. "
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal