Kevin Thomas: 6’0″, 192lbs — CB, University of Southern California
The first thing you notice about Thomas is that he has the build of a prototypical NFL cornerback. Under Larry Coyer, the Colts are going away from undersized defensive backs like Tim Jennings and Dante Hughes, who were unable to play the man-to-man coverage Coyer’s scheme employs on occasion.
That just happens to be what Thomas excels in.
He’s a cover corner in the truest sense, as evidenced by his 21 passes defended while at USC. Out of high school Thomas was considered the top cornerback prospect in the country, and actually played as a true freshman in the famed USC vs. Texas National Championship game. Unfortunately a broken foot his sophomore year, and shoulder surgery the next season, cost him two years of action. He returned in 2008 and played nickel back for a loaded USC secondary, moving into the starting lineup his senior year in which he was voted Second-Team All-Pac 10. With Jerraud Powers, Kelvin Hayden, and Jacob Lacey as the only returning corners, Thomas figures to slotted into the fourth DB role, and again, he’ll be asked to become a major factor on special teams.
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What the scouts said (from Scouts Inc at ESPN.com)
“Prototypical height and good top-end speed but just adequate bulk…can stay with receivers getting in and out of cuts when footwork is sound and closes quickly when receivers catch the ball in front of him. Limits yards after the catch…reads quarterback’s eyes and plays the ball and not the receiver. Flashes the ability to quickly diagnose running plays and make plays in the backfield…appears more comfortable swatting the ball away with one hand than does putting both hands up and snatching the ball out of the air…inconsistent route recognition skills…”