S PHILLIP THOMAS – SYRACUSE – 5-11, 198
Junior. Entered the draft when he was suspended by the school for a year. There are rumors that failed drug tests were the issue, but I have no confirmation on that. Whatever it was…Syracuse took the issue seriously.
On the field, Thomas is a gifted player. Led the team in tackles and had 6 INTs this year (9 for his career). Good tackler. Can be a very good hitter. Opening play of the USF game was a quick screen to a receiver. Thomas flew upfield and leveled the guy. Great play. Clean, physical hit. Lean, but muscular build. Athletic enough to be a centerfielder, but also a solid run defender. Can play in the box. Sometimes will get sloppy with tackling and go for hits instead of trying to wrap up his targets.
Legit Safety prospect in a poor S class. Ran a disappointing 4.74 at the Combine, which won’t help his value. Slow for a DB with his build. Certainly does look faster on tape. Probably a mid-round guy, but grade will be affected by the issue that got him suspended.