Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by ArlingtonTexan, Apr 28, 2018.
didn't a couple of people want him late in the 3rd instead of AKin
Big TE played more like a wr. I like it.
He played wide receiver at Mississippi State.
Texans drafted a piece of clay to shape.
Another big year for TEs and the Texans.
He will be a redzone player. Has the physical traits of a TE but isn't that athletic.
Was about to post the same. The last catch of the video is quite nice -- apparently he has some hands to go along w/ that big body.
Our future RT....
Almost 12 inch hands.
Picked where he was slotted. I like it more then the 3rd round TE we shanked.
Big tight end from Mississippi St. 6'5 265. Ran 4.74 in 40. I'm guessing good blocker. Jordan Thomas.
— John Hunter (@J_Hunter_1977) April 28, 2018
Oh Wow…Jordan Thomas has great feet, really quick. BIG. But he's an upside pick with a trap-door floor. I like taking the chance on upside but thought he might be a UDFA.
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) April 28, 2018
#Texans TE Jordan Thomas is another big pass catcher that likely will be more of a slot guy than a blocker. Size/Speed combo makes him a project with upside.
— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) April 28, 2018
He will be the next Shannon Sharpe
I was hoping to heck that this wasn't the Sooner's CB..........scared me since he would have been a home town boy from Klein.............
Great pickup right gents.
This Thomas has been virtually injury free save for a minor leg injury that temporarily took him out of 1 game sustained last year. Of course, his play time to get injured has been relatively sparse.
ESPN: Thomas has a basketball background and an intriguing skill set. He was moved outside to receiver out of necessity in 2017, but the reality is he's an in-line tight end prospect. He has some splash plays on tape that draw you in, but there's not enough consistency to his game.
Rotoworld: Texans selected Mississippi State TE Jordan Thomas with the No. 211 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Thomas (6’6/265) was a lightly-used tight end on the Bulldogs’ roster before wide receiver injuries forced him into 2017 action and Thomas capitalized for a career-best 22/263/12.0/3 receiving line. Exposed as a fourth-percentile SPARQ athlete at the Combine, Thomas is a long shot for an extended big-league career.
CBS Sports: (A-) Has above-average blocking ability. Imposing size. Flashed some receiving ability. Good prospect to take a flier on this late for Deshaun Watson. | Separation tight end with fluid movement skills at all levels of the field. Mostly reliable hands. Willing but lacking power as an in-line blocker. Yards-after-the-catch H-back type ideally suited for today's NFL.
SI: Scouting Report: He’s bordering on offensive tackle size (he played OT, as well as defensive end and basketball in junior college), and Thomas has some explosive athletic traits to go with it. He shows good burst at the snap, and has more speed than you’d expect from a man his size, capable of running away from defenders up the seam. He’s exceedingly raw as a receiver, and not a natural pass-catcher. He also could stand to be a little nastier as a blocker—he’ll steamroll small defensive backs, but too often plays high and struggles when picking on someone his own size. There are a lot of rough edges, but there aren’t many players this big who can move like Thomas can. That alone will keep him in the league for a few years at least.
Draft Projection: Rounds 6-7
From a football standpoint, there isn't enough there to warrant a draft pick, but Thomas has rare size, speed and athletic traits and that might be enough to hear his name called on Day 3 of the draft. Thomas played outside for the Bulldogs this year, but those days are over. He'll need simpler routes as a tight end and has to be coached up on how best to utilize his frame to wall off defenders. A team could add Thomas with the idea of converting him to defensive end if it doesn't work out at tight end.
Freaky size-speed combination
Big and athletic
Teams will be intrigued by his background which included junior college basketball and reps at not only tight end, but also defensive end and offensive tackle
Comes off the line of scrimmage with good forward lean and powerful drive into routes
May be too fast for some linebackers to handle down the field
Has size to plow through smaller defensive backs attempting to re-route him
Has size to overwhelm slot defenders on run plays
Attention comes from physical traits and not football play
Has just 31 college catches
Unable to find clean releases against press coverage
Routes are a mess
Struggles getting in and out of breaks and patterns don't fool defenders
Fights the football with his hands
Lacks functional ball skills down the field
Hasn't learned to use his massive frame as a weapon yet
Sources Tell Us
"There is no way I would put my name on him to my boss. No way. I don't think he can be trusted on or off the field. You see flashes but I think that's all it is. Flashes." -- AFC team regional scout
He'll have his own horrible TV show?
Good one. No I mean he will measure up to his talent as a TE. Maybe not the same type of TE but just as effective.
That's more likely than making a show that bad.
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