Chad Thomas was the 67th overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
More about the former Miami defensive end:
Chad Thomas, DE
6-foot-5, 275 pounds
Selected Post coverage
March 2018: Leaner Thomas shows up to Pro Day
Nov. 2017: Senior class restored shine to ‘The U’
Aug. 2017: Thomas a part of ’86 Gang’ defense
June 2017: Thomas appears on DJ Khaled, Drake song
March 2017: Thomas makes track for Rick Ross
Dec. 2016: Thomas raps a message to West Virginia
Feb. 2014: Thomas plays piano for Saban’s wife
A five-star recruit and two-time state champion at Miami powerhouse Booker T. Washington High, Thomas was a first-team all-state pick as a junior and senior. He played in 12 games as a freshman, and started eight as a sophomore. He broke out as a junior in 2016, after a coaching change and switch from a 3-4 scheme to a more aggressive 4-3. As an end, Thomas started 12 games, made 37 tackles, 11 of which went for losses. He also had 4.5 sacks and broke up three passes. He started all 13 games in 2017, making 41 tackles (12.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks.
Thomas is equally talented as a music producer. He plays nine instruments, owns his own record label and has contributed tracks to the works of Rick Ross, DJ Khaled and Drake. He took to celebrating big plays by twinkling his fingers on an imaginary piano. Nickname: Major Nine (NineNine in high school).
NFL.com, which likens him to Jason Jones, said he has “all the physical and athletic traits that a team could look for along the edge and he’s versatile enough to play in an odd or even front. Thomas’ draft grade is based much more on projection than production and he will need prove that he can convert coaching into success on the field as a pass rusher. Thomas has the potential to become a much better pro than college player, but his floor is lower than you might like.”
From DraftAnalyst: “Hard-working, high-effort defensive end with nice upside. Breaks down well, displays solid instincts and effectively reads and diagnoses the action. Shows good change of direction, moves well laterally and fights throughout the action. Good athlete with excellent movement skills. Resilient, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and shows speed off the edge. … Occasionally stands over tackle but is ineffective. Moved from his angle of attack by a single blocker. Was never a top pass rusher at the college level. … Thomas [has] solid size, speed and growth potential. He has a large amount of upside but must improve his playing strength before he will have an impact at the next level.”
At Pro Day, Thomas worked with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and said he had met with the New York Giants. He was scheduled to meet with the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions.
NFL Combine results
Thomas wasn’t happy with his 40-yard dash (4.92) in Indianapolis, so he showed up to Pro Day and shaved a bit of time — he didn’t specify — off that mark. Thomas weighed 281 at the combine, and dropped seven pounds for Pro Day.
Vertical jump: 29 inches
Broad jump: 116 inches
Arms: 33.5 inches
Hands: 10.25 inches
“He will be a very good NFL player or a bust. I don’t think there will be an in-between. He has his music thing which he’s supposedly really good at. I think it’s legitimate to question whether or not his heart will be into football as a long-term passion. He’s really talented but hasn’t improved like he should have.” — AFC team East Coast scout, per NFL.com