Thomas is a little undersized, but a beast. He was the best D-linemen in all the Bowl games, in the Sun Bowl. I am sold. This guy is a 1st round pick. He put it all together in the Bowl game against UNC. He was all but unblockable. He kept getting up field and disrupting everything UNC was trying to do.
He reminds me a lot of Trey
Flowers, only more explosive up the gut. Both guys are a little shorter for the position. But they are not small. Flowers has terrific long arms that he
used to keep blockers at arms length. Thomas played the same way. He uses his shorter body for low leverage inside, and like Flowers he
used his long arms to create separation from the O-linemen.
They both have great hands to keep blockers off their shirt. Both have explosive speed to power. While Flowers played mostly outside at Arkansas (though he did play a lot of 5-tech),
Thomas played mostly inside at Stanford (though he did like up at 7 and 9 Tech at different times), they have a similar
games, and similar traits. They seem to me to win the same way on Tape.
Flowers was more of an edge guy at Arkansas, and Thomas is heavier and was more of a 3-Tech (260 vs. 275). "He's got the versatility to play outside, and he plays inside some on the Guard and the Center," BB said about Trey Flowers. "He's a tough matchup: with his length, and his quickness, and his instincts. So he's able to get [in on] a little bit of everything. He's played the run well. Played the pass well. He's a long guy. He's got long arms, long levers. He's not as tall as some (both Flowers and Thomas are listed at 6-2). But his limps are long, and that helps him create separation, and his reach gives him the opportunity to make some plays."
Thomas was much more of an inside player at Stanford.
Elite quickness changing direction. "He's damn good," a Director of Scouting said. "I don't think he gets drafted as early as you do because he's not big enough for inside and he's not as long as you like on the outside. You have to figure out where you will play him, but he won't stop. He's going to be really productive." He moves so well on the field that it is startling sometimes.
He can beat the ORT inside, read the screen before the QB throws, and then spin back outside and get over to the RB so fast that he helps get him out of bounds on the opposite side of the field. He takes boxing lessons in the off season, or he does boxing to help him play football. Which makes so much sense that I wonder why more guys don't do that.
You can really see it in this hands. He is shorter than ideal, but has long arms like Trey Flowers.
He is a legit tweener, but I think he will gain weight naturally and be
able to play 3-Tech. I dont think he is an edgerusher, but he is not a
pure DT either. He is not a base end, not an OLB. He is all of them, who is at his best rushing inside on passing downs. When he can just explode upfield into the backfield he is at his best. He is so good at getting the interior OLs shoulder and bursting past them. Nice job setting the edge.
quick hands that are hard to see sometimes. He has heavy boxer's hands. He can run. He did look like an LB moving in space at the combine. Showed some great quick twitch in bag drill. He has some violence in his hands. Very twitchy. Nice reaction. He looked very good in hybrid drills. I didnt think he was an edge, but he was excellent in hybrid drills.
As a Junior
(2016): Morris Trophy winner. C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player (Sun Bowl). FWAA All-America second team. AP All-America third team. USA Today All-America second team. All-Pac-12 first team. Pac-12. All-Academic second team. Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team. Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason first team. Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. Two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26, Oct. 17). Team-high 62 tackles (41 solo), 15.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Sixth in Pac-12 in sacks, third in tackles for loss. Four tackles (0.5 sack) vs. Kansas State. Three tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss vs. USC. Three tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, 42-yard fumble recovery for touchdown at UCLA. Five tackles (three solo) at Washington. Three solo tackles and one sack vs. Washington State.-Game-high 12 tackles (10 solo), 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble at Notre
Dame. Seven tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss vs. Colorado. Four tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss at Arizona. Two solo tackles (1.0 tackle for loss) vs. Oregon State. Three tackles and one fumble recovery at Oregon. Four tackles (three solo) at Cal. Five tackles (two solo), 1.0 tackles for loss vs. Rice. Seven tackles (five solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, one sack vs. North Carolina (Sun
Thomas VS UNC
He does a great job getting into the OG and then spinning past him to the QB. He will over pursue sometimes when he reads outside run. Terrific agility to get his hands up and keep the ORT from chopping him, and then bursting across the line to tackle the RB on the other side of the OC. He is the guy teams double in the rush when they can.
He is a freak. He can take the double by the ORG and ORT and still flush the QB out of the pocket.
It is amazing how he runs through OLs still trying to grab his shirt and slow him down from the side and behind as he burst past them. I need to watch his hands. He will line up as the 9-tech, and just burst into the ORT with both hands on his shoulder pads, and jam him off for a free path to the QB.
If you give him an angle, he will find the RB in the backfield. Great blast off on obvious passing downs. He blasted off against UNC, and was four yards deep and past the edgerusher with the ORG holding him. He can show some suddenness in his shoulder
in his initial burst, like a 1st Round pick. Plus, he stays so low when he guesses the snap that it is amazing. Elite quick swim move over the ORG to get his hands on the QB. TMIWTMIL. He is ready for the
It is amazing how he can burst through the 3-gap with the
ORG and OC grabbing him and still tackle the RB in the backfield. He is
going to be a force as an inside rusher in the NFL. It is amazing how he can get out of the rush and tackle the RB on the middle screen. He is so good at putting speed to power and shoving the O-linemen back. He was a beast in the Bowl game. He
got under the OL with his long arms extended them, and drove the OG back with his hands on his shoulder. Then
shoved him off and jumped on the QB.
He plays with elite pad level. Great hands. He is one of the toughest guy for OL's to grab. Elite hands, and he can grab OLs, and throw them to the ground while moving with impressive power and balance.
Great closing instincts. Great finish. He plays with elite lean. He
has elite quick and heavy hands.
He got the pressure on 3rd down that should have ended the game. Clutch rusher. He burst past the OC like he was a tackling dummy and pulled down Trubisky with one hand to win the Bowl game on the two-point conversion. His blast off was so great that he was running stride for stride with Trubisky as he ran outside. Then as Trubisky tried to spin back away from him, he dived out and grabbed his short from behind and ripped him down for his 3rd, and game saving, sack of the game.
Thomas Vs Oregon ST:
think he is a 3-tech in the NFL, and you just keep letting him explode up field.
He stumbled and got knocked back, but watch the recovery as he slapped the
OL off and burst forward (:01). More
of a 4-tech here. He got up to the outside shoulder of the ORG, and essentially
set the edge inside (:16). This
is a good tape to see where he will play in the NFL (:28). He
is incredible in the way he sheds OLs like fleas. He doesn't really do much
here. He got doubled. He clubbed the OG hands down, and spun out of the
double. He hit the QB as he threw to caused the terrible pass.
was more of a one gapper than two gapper. But again, no one shed interior
OLs as quick as he did. Watch him shed the ORG again and go and he got the
RB (:39). He
was the best at looking like he was not doing much, and then shedding
and tackling (:47). He
burst to the ORT. He could feel him moving inside. So he used his
momentum against him, and shoved him inside. Then he slid up field into
the RB. Remarkable ability to read and react.
at 9-Tech. He was so explosive inside that I don't like him outside. But
watch the speed to power into the Rip. Then he tried to spin inside
the quick feet as he stunted inside (1:05). I love how he set
the edge inside, and shoved the OG back into the RB, and forced him to
turn upfield (1:15). Watch the great suddenness right off the snap.
It is hard to see sometimes (1:29). But you get a great look at his elite
blast off there.
the great explosion there. He doesn't really stack and shed. He can look like
he was a stack and shed player a lot. But watch how he used the burst to power to
jolt the OG back two yards, and create a yard of separation (1:39).
That is what he does consistently.
lined up outside the OG. Watch the impact with his boxer's hands as he
jolted the OG up and grabbed the RB. I have no idea how the RB got through
there (1:54). He exploded off the snap into the OG, before he even
moved. Then threw him the ground (2:14). Elite explosion inside (2:32).
Odd front. He put the ORT on skates (2:38). Then he hustled outside
and almost got in on the tackle.
used an odd double step to the side sometimes (2:50). Watch the great
violent elbow off the spin that knocked the OG to the ground (3:00). Right
on the Nose. He jammed his way almost through the double team, and leaped
up to help cause the bad throw (3:12). Watch
the rip through the OC right to the QB
the nose again. Watch the great stunt outside
him try to run the arc.
just don't like him as much as an edgerusher (3:53).
Watch him drew the double outside as the LB twisted in behind him (4:07). He
was so good at jamming the OG back and finding the RB on dives (4:18). Freeing
a teammate with a stunt into the ORT (4:30). He
was just not as effective on the edge (4:53). 5-Tech.
He has to break inside when he gets that far outside to be great (5:00).
the quick feet and hands to elude the ORT and RB (5:31). 9-Tech
in an odd front. (5:46). He
had to break inside to be effective that far outside. He scared the crap
out of that QB.
tripled him, because they were so afraid of the Safety (6:00). 3-Tech
to the QB. Stack and shed (6:14). He
hopped inside, and then he powered outside. But watch the hands. He has
such quick boxer hands that they are hard to see sometimes. Watch how he grabbed the ORT's
arms, and bulled him back by his arms (6:23). He
hopped up through the double team (6:37). Then
watch him bull the OG back, unitil the RB slammed his shoulder pads into his
gut. Always take the guys opposing coaches game plan against.
Vs Oregon ST:
As a Junior (2016):
Morris Trophy winner
C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player (Sun Bowl)
FWAA All-America second team
AP All-America third team
USA Today All-America second team
All-Pac-12 first team
Pac-12 All-Academic second team
Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team
Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason first team
Chuck Bednarik Award watch list
Two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26, Oct. 17)
Team-high 62 tackles (41 solo), 15.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries
Sixth in Pac-12 in sacks, third in tackles for loss
Four tackles (0.5 sack) vs. Kansas State
Three tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss vs. USC
Three tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, 42-yard fumble recovery for touchdown at UCLA
Five tackles (three solo) at Washington
Three solo tackles and one sack vs. Washington State
Game-high 12 tackles (10 solo), 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble at Notre Dame
Seven tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss vs. Colorado
Four tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss at Arizona
Two solo tackles (1.0 tackle for loss) vs. Oregon State
Three tackles and one fumble recovery at Oregon
Four tackles (three solo) at Cal
Five tackles (two solo), 1.0 tackles for loss vs. Rice
Seven tackles (five solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, one sack vs. North Carolina (Sun Bowl)
As a Sophomore (2015): Game-by-Game Statistics
All-Pac-12 honorable mention
Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason third team
14 games played
10.5 tackles for loss
Two fumble recoveries
Five tackles in career debut at Northwestern
Five tackles (2.0 tackles for loss), 1.0 sack vs. UCF
Three tackles at USC
Three tackles (1.0 tackle for loss) at Oregon State
Three tackles vs. Arizona
Three tackles (0.5 tackle for loss) vs. UCLA
Five tackles (3.0 tackles for loss) at Colorado
Three solo tackles, one sack, 34-yard fumble return for touchdown vs. USC (Pac-12 Championship Game)
Four tackles (2.0 tackles for loss), one sack vs. Iowa (Rose Bowl)
As a Freshman (2014)
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