Experience, film study put Thomas a cut above

Originally Published: July 1, 2008
By James Walker | ESPN.com

He has 12 years' experience and seven Pro Bowls on his résumé.

He was a former fifth-round pick that rapidly developed into one of the most feared and respected linebackers in the NFL.

This defender is incredibly reckless with his body and -- according to NFL head coaches -- just as dangerous with his mind.

The smartest defensive player in the NFL is Dallas Cowboys linebacker Zach Thomas, according to ESPN.com's survey of head coaches. Thomas ...

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