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Phillip Thomas | Safety

Team: Fresno State Bulldogs
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215

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Redskins selected Fresno State S Phillip Thomas with the No. 119 overall pick.
Thomas (6-0, 208) earned unanimous first-team All-America honors as a senior after leading the nation with eight picks, returning three for touchdowns. He added four forced fumbles, establishing himself as a true takeaway specialist. Thomas ran a poor 4.65 40-yard dash at the Combine, but did 28 reps on the bench and turned in a 40.5-inch vertical. While Thomas is a true center-field cover safety, he whiffs as a tackler far too often and can be exposed in run support. He'll have to contribute on special teams before carving out a role on defense. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:14:00 PM

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Date:'s Bucky Brooks believes Fresno State S Phillip Thomas is a potential difference maker.

"Scouts voiced concerns about his speed (4.59 at Fresno State's Pro Day) and injury history (Thomas missed 2011 with a broken leg), but guys with an innate knack for getting their hands on the ball typically continue to make plays in the pros," Brooks writes. He would target the safety on the second day.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 02:26:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock said Fresno State S Phillip Thomas is a starting free safety in the NFL.

Mayock also said that Thomas projects to the third-round. Thomas has visited with multiple teams, including the Redskins, Panthers, Steelers and Falcons. He's a center-field safety and projects well to the NFL.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 04:58:00 PM

Fresno State S Phillip Thomas is visiting the Bills on Wednesday.

He visited the Redskins yesterday and has spent time with the Panthers, Steelers, and Falcons. Thomas is purely a center field safety, but he can be very good at locating the football and disrupting the catch point. he takes some good angles when tackling, but his finishing ability in a two yard radius is extremely maddening.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Fresno State S Phillip Thomas has scheduled a visit with the Steelers.

Thomas is almost solely a center field ball hawk in the deep half. He takes tight angles in run defense, but loses far too often in the three yard window. Teams will have to diagnose why it happens, but we think Thomas lacks reaction timing in those tight areas. He broke out with huge interception numbers in 2012, however.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Former NFL Scout Daniel Jeremiah considers Fresno State S Phillip Thomas a late second or early third-round prospect.

Thomas "has some fly-by missed tackles but outstanding ball skills," Jeremiah tweeted. The poor tackling is a big part of Thomas' game, since he takes good angles towards ball carriers but tends to slow and whiff once close enough. That lunging or lack of quick twitch movement could really hurt Thomas in the NFL, but expect him to play a center field type role.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 10:06:00 AM

The NFL Network's Bucky Brooks ranks Fresno State's Phillip Thomas as the fourth best safety in the 2013 class.

"Thomas is a natural center fielder with exceptional ball skills and instincts," wrote Brooks. The Fresno State safety takes tight angles against the run but tends to slow when closing on ball carriers, resulting in a large amount of missed tackles. In a strict free safety role, Thomas could work his way into the starting lineup.
Sat, Feb 9, 2013 09:33:00 AM

Fresno State senior S Phillip Thomas has been invited to the NFL Combine.

After missing the 2011 season with a broken leg, Thomas broke out in 2012 and led the FBS level interceptions. A nice forty and back pedal drills could showcase his range and change of direction skills. We think he could be more aggressive against the run, but Thomas may earn a first-round selection.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 07:32:00 PM

Fresno State will play SMU in the Hawaii Bowl on December 24.

Both teams offer a handful of talent in this intriguing matchup. For the Bulldogs, senior safety Phillip Thomas leads the way and he could end up being the top safety selected in April's Draft. We are big fans of Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse and although he may be short in stature, the senior makes things happen on explosive cuts. Junior quarterback Derek Carr will open next season as one of the top prospects at the position. For SMU, defensive end Margus Hunt needs to show improvement in technique and a consistent motor to be more than a project pick due to his frame. The Mustangs' also have an intriguing fullback/running back hybrid in Zach Line.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 09:47:00 AM

Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Thomas is the nation's leader in interceptions with eight, three of which have been returned for touchdowns. He missed the majority of his junior season with a broken leg and dislocated ankle, so his exceptional performance this year caught many off guard. He will likely be drafted higher than many expect, especially with a solid performance in Mobile.
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 03:09:00 PM

Fresno State senior S Phillip Thomas now has eight interceptions in 2012 after adding another on Saturday against Nevada.

This one had no return, but Thomas has taken three others to the house for touchdowns. The senior is showing his ball skills every single week, something that was desperately needed after missing all but one game last season. Thomas isn't as aggressive when closing against the run, but we could hear his name called on the Draft's second day.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 09:13:00 AM

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks passes along word that Fresno State senior S Phillip Thomas is "one of the players creating the biggest buzz in the scouting community."

Thomas missed most of 2011 with a broken leg and dislocated ankle, but has certainly made his presence felt this season. Brooks goes on to say "Thomas displays the cover skills and athleticism to defend slot receivers and tight ends in space." He even spoke to an NFC scout familiar with Thomas whoe "raved about his ball skills, toughness and physicality."
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 04:40:00 PM

Fresno State senior S Phillip Thomas hauled in two more interceptions against San Diego State on Saturday, meaning his season total is up to five.

These interceptions have not been spread out, however, as the first three all came against Colorado. Still, Thomas has shown aggressive tackling to go along with his ball hawk display, hitting downfield receivers at the catch point from a deep zone coverage. He could be a rising name at a position that has lacked talent in recent years.
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 05:07:00 PM