Daniel Thomas Scouting Report

Daniel Thomas

Height: 6’0
Weight: 230
College: Kansas State
40 Time: 4.60
Class: Senior
Stock:
Projected: 4th-5th Round

Stats

2010 – 298 carries, 1595 yards, 5.3 avg, 19 TD’s, 27 catches, 171 yards
2009 – 247 carries, 1265 yards, 5.1 avg, 11 TD’s, 25 catches, 257 yards
2008 – No Stats
2007 – No Stats

Overview:

Daniel Thomas is an interesting prospect. When you look at his measurables you automatically think he is a tough power back, but he doesn’t really play like one. He runs more like a scat back and he prefers to dance around tacklers rather than running over them. I question how his game translates to the NFL however. He lacks good top end speed and he won’t be able to dance around NFL players like he did in college. At the same time, he lacks the power in his lower body to be a true power back and pound away on defenses. Combine that with his little experience and his potential for injuries and you could have a mid-round flop.

Scouting Report:

Positives

– Has a great frame with a lot of bulk
– Good runner between the tackles
– Has a nice burst
– Long strider with deceptive speed down field
– Can make quick cuts
– Shifty runner who can make people miss
– Does a good job of fighting for yards
– Displays good vision and is patient
– Capable receiver out of the back field
– Team leader

Negatives

– A scat-back in a power-backs body
– Lacks a 2nd gear to challenge defenses and consistently turn the corner
– Doesn’t run with a lot of power
– Has pretty skinny legs and is mostly all a massive upper body
– Inexperienced, hasn’t played the RB position for long
– Prefers to dance around rather than hit the hole hard
– Will run around before running through defenders
– Runs very upright and takes a lot of hits on his body
– Has received a lot of carries in college and could be more injury prone in the pros
– Needs to protect the ball better
– Still raw in pass protection
– Had a lot of problems in school and might take some time to learn the playbook

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.5
Power: 2.5
Agility: 3.0
Vision: 3.0
Hands: 3.0
Blocking: 2.0
Pro Potential: 2.5

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