QB | (6-3, 240, 4.7) | UNLV
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: High school All-American. Went to USC to play for John Robinson in 1998 and redshirted while recovering from a dislocated ankle. Followed Robinson to UNLV in '99 but had to sit out the year as a transfer. Suffered injury problems in 2000 but completed 106-of-201 for 1,708 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Also rushed 138 times for 599 yards and 11 touchdowns. Capped season by being named MVP in the Las Vegas Bowl after completing 12-17-217-3-0. Had left (throwing) shoulder scoped in July '01. Came back to start 10-of-11 games that fall (had flu vs. New Mexico and did not play) but had a horrible year. Completed 83-194-1,353-8-12 and ran 107-481-4. Became overweight, out of shape and caught up in the Heisman hype while struggling with his throwing mechanics and motion. Robinson hired a QB coach prior to the '02 season to help Thomas with his mechanics. Completed 134-274-1,936-8-7 and carried 124-448-9.Positives: Has great size, athletic ability and good feet. Sets up quickly and has a strong arm. Is strong for a quarterback, can slide in the pocket and set up, avoid rush and scramble. Has long (34½-inch) arms and big (9¾--inch) hands. Robinson said Thomas may be the greatest athlete he ever coached.Negatives: Throwing mechanics are not good. Has a long-armed, three-quarters release. Can be wild with throws both high and low and lacks anticipation and vision. Reactions are late, and he rarely looks off and finds his second receiver. Seems immature and lacks poise and football intelligence. Has high body fat. Doesn't throw accurately or with good technique on the move.Summary: A pure athlete who needs his confidence, makeup and delivery overhauled.* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.