Cowboys’ Potential Draft Pick: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
My latest scouting report is on Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas.
Thomas has prototypical NFL size. On tape, he appears more explosive than his 4.65 Combine time indicates. With a 10-8 broad jump and 35-inch vertical, you’d expect Thomas to run a better 40 at his pro day. Right now, Thomas looks like more of a mid-4.5 guy on tape, playing instinctually and closing on plays really well. You’ll rarely see Thomas take poor angles to the football.
Thomas has excellent play-recognition and always finds a way to be in on plays. He anticipates throws and tracks the ball extremely well in the air. Thomas has plus ball skills, rarely dropping potential interceptions. That allows him to excel in the deep half.
In the run game, Thomas is physical and not afraid of contact. He breaks down in space and wraps up better than most, knowing when to deliver big hits and when to pull back to make the sure tackle. He doesn’t fight off of blocks as well as you might like, but Thomas has the athleticism to avoid blocks altogether to make plays near the line.
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