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    High-rising prospects

    By John Murphy, Yahoo! Sports
    April 9, 2007

    NW Mississippi CC defensive tackle Walter Thomas
    If you ever wanted to know how to make 100 NFL scouts raise their eyebrows, set loose an unknown, 370-plus pound defensive tackle such as Thomas in late January. Thomas was highly recruited out of high school by most schools in the Big 12, and picked Oklahoma State where he stayed for just over a year before having academic issues.

    Thomas ended up at the JC level and thanks to him being a native of Galveston, Texas found his way into the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Classic. He punished opposing defenders in one-on-one drills, using sheer strength, quickness off the ball and impressive balance for an athlete of his size. Thomas was also a sponge when it came to listening and taking to the coaching he received during the week.

    His recent workout numbers wowed even the most hardened scout as he measured in at nearly 6-5, 373 pounds; ran between 5.11 and 5.20 in the 40; has 33 bench reps of 225 pounds; and had 11-inch hands. Players of his size and agility just do not come along often enough for teams to pass on him once the fifth round starts in spite of his limited game film, exposure to big-time competition and raw technique. Just think about this tidbit for a moment: he ran 1.70 in the first 10 yards of his 40. In comparison, one of USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett's 10-yard splits was 1.65 and Thomas weighs over 150 pounds more than Jarrett.

    We have seen tidbits on this guy before, now it looks as if he will be drafted as opposed to signed as a street free agent. If he is still there in round 5, or later, who among you would favor drafting him?

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    Re: Wouldn't mind seeing this guy in Horns ...

    He could be a good late round guy, but he will have to lose weight to survive a 16 game regular season.

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    Re: Wouldn't mind seeing this guy in Horns ...

    Country is right, he will have to lose weight no matter what.But another tackle with weight issues,academic issues, work ethic issues, and limited experience against elite competion, I say one of our 7th rounders at the most.He could pan out, but I wouldnt invest a lot.
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    A 5th round would be too high IMO, unless our DL and KR needs have been addressed by then.

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    sounds like a modern day refridgerator!

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    Re: Wouldn't mind seeing this guy in Horns ...

    During our recent chat with Scott Wright, I specifically asked about this guy. According to Wright, Thomas is extremely raw and years (as in multiple seasons) away from contributing at all.

    Easily the biggest boom/bust candidate in the whole draft.
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