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Joe Thomas


Positional Rankings: QB RB FB WR TE OT OG C - DE DT ILB OLB S CB - K P

Position: Offensive Tackle

School: Wisconsin

Status: Senior

Height: 6-8

Weight: 315

40-Yard Dash: 5.05 (EST)


Thomas is very athletic for such a big man. He uses his hands and feet very well, locking onto his man and very rarely letting the defender get by him, much like elite NFL OT Walter Jones. Thomas recognizes and diagnoses blitzes well, and usually picks up the right man, which is a good trait for a blindside blocker in the NFL.


Thomas lacks some in the run game, as he's not quite as powerful as his size would suggest. More of a finesse player than a mauler. He has had some injury issues, most notably an ACL tear in a 2005 season bowl game. The injury occurred when he subbed in as a defensive tackle to aid the Badgers thin defensive line.


Joe Thomas is a very, very good prospect at the offensive tackle position. While maybe not as good as some of the top OT prospects in recent years, he very likely would have gone in the ten to fifteen area in last year's OT-rich draft had he not gotten hurt. Thomas is most certainly the single-best OL prospect in this year's draft, and stands to be a top-five, if not top-three, pick in this year's draft.


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