Draft Profile: Cam Thomas

NAME – Cam Thomas

Position – Defensive tackle.

College – North Carolina.

Status – Redshirt senior.

Size/Weight – 6-4, 330 pounds.

Important numbers – 5.29 seconds in 40-yard dash, 31 reps on bench press, 29-inch vertical jump, 8-feet 6-inch broad jump.

Age – 23.

College career – Broke into the starting lineup in his second playing season and stayed there, working as part of a defensive line rotation for the Tar Heels. Thomas is a space-eater, and became very adept at closing two games and frequently handling two blockers. With the presence of North Carolina coach Butch Davis, Thomas has gotten a chance to play in pro style defensive schemes.

Stats of note – 46 games, 83 total tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovered, returned 20 yards for TD against Boston College.

STRENGTHS – Thomas has a thick lower body and can powerfully hold his ground inside … he’s very good at using leverage, with long arms and big hands … good upper body strength … great personality on the field and locker room with his teammates.

WEAKNESSES – Not much in the pass rush, Thomas was part of just four sacks in 46 games … rarely makes plays outside of the box, lacking lateral movement … tires easily and will need to get in better overall shape … needs work on fundamentals.

THE RIGHT 53? – Football matters to Thomas and he’s always been willing to do the dirty work along the defensive line. Plays with a team-first attitude and has been fairly durable at a position where there’s a lot of contact; he missed five games in the ’07 season with a sprained ankle.

What he said – “It doesn’t matter where I play. I’ll play 4-3 or I’ll play 3-4, it really doesn’t matter. I’ve played both of them. I’m versatile athletically like that. I love guerilla warfare, baby. That’s where you earn your stripes. I got my stripes. I can anchor that thing. Not everyone can play that position (nose tackle.)”

End game – Bodies like this do not come through the football pipeline in great abundance, so teams will take a second and third look at him when otherwise they may not. Thomas comes with some upside if he remains motivated and driven.

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – Thomas has to be under consideration. If this guy gets into shape and controls his weight, there’s a big upside for his career. He was part of a rotation system at North Carolina, so he has a lot of plays to make up compared to other inside defenders. Based on his college career, he’s a third or fourth-round choice, but 3-4 teams looking for that hard to find nose tackle may jump early on him.

3 Responses to “Draft Profile: Cam Thomas”

  • April 11, 2010  - The Morning Fix | Arrowhead Addict | A Kansas City Chiefs blog says:

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  • April 11, 2010  - Danny W says:

    I hear he wont make it out of the second round.

  • April 12, 2010  - SG says:

    Can we say Berry/Weatherspoon…Golden Tate…Cam Thomas boys and girls? I know you can :-)

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