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 Post subject: Joe Thomas, OG, Pittsburgh
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:47 pm 
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JOE THOMAS
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Pittsburgh Senior

PROS: Plays with pop off the snap. Able to get position and flashes potential as a drive blocker. Can lock on and help push the pile. Shows mobility to pull and block on second level. Usually hits his assignments. Shows good mean streak and does a good job finishing his blocks. Has a nice hand punch and will initiate contact in pass protection. Plays with good base and decent footwork there.
CONS: Doesn't have great strength. Will lunge at times and doesn't have great footwork in pass protection. Not that fluid in space.
OVERVIEW: A four-year starter at both guard and tackle. Played left guard this past year, after a junior year at right tackle. His first two years played right guard, so he has experience playing multiple positions.
NFL FORECAST: Thomas is a versatile option that doesn't stand out in any way, but is a technically sound blocker. He could bulk up and probably should wind up playing somewhere in the 305-315 pound range to maximize his ability. His experience at tackle will allow him to be able to play there a bit as a reserve, but probably only for a zone-blocking team. He has starting potential, although he's not going to be a top starter. But he'll be in the mold of a player like Kyle Kosier, in that nobody will ever build around him, but he can usually get the job done. At the very least he should make a solid reserve able to play either guard spot and also work some at tackle. If he can get stronger, it should help him as he'll be better able to push the pile and show his ability as a drive blocker.
ATL FORECAST: Thomas could work in Atlanta because he has the mean streak and ability to play more than one position. He could likely land a key reserve spot right away since he can play more than one position. He's good enough to beat out Ojinnaka and Reynolds right away, and potentially push Blalock down the road as a left guard starter. He'll be a similar player to Harvey Dahl in that he should endear himself to Boudreau with his mean streak. He won't be an upgrade over Blalock in terms of his potential, but should be more consistent.
VALUE: Thomas is a nice middle round pick that some team might snag in the fifth or sixth round.

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