2014 NFL Draft Profile: DB Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech

Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics

A versatile play-maker from Georgia Tech's secondary, Thomas looks to be a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jemea Thomas enters the 2014 NFL Draft with a lot of late-round value to offer teams in the form of both defense and special teams. Thomas played all four years on special teams as a gunner on kickoff and punt coverage, as well as intermittently as a kickoff or punt returner. More importantly, he played all four years on defense as a safety and cornerback, starting the final 28 games of his career on defense. Thomas emerged as a major play-maker in Georgia Tech's defensive backfield, finishing second on the team in tackles in 2012 and leading the team in 2013 (including 15 tackles in both the Virginia and Ole Miss games). He had 9 interceptions between 2011 and 2013, including 2 in a huge Saturday night Homecoming victory over Clemson in 2011.

Much of Thomas's value to an NFL team will be his versatility to play so many spots, bringing experience at both safety spots, cornerback, kick returner, punt returner, and the coverage teams. In the League, one of his biggest concerns will be size. Thomas measured in at 5'9" at the Combine, though he was able to pack 192 pounds onto his frame. In the NFL, even with experience as a safety, Thomas will project as a cornerback due to his short frame.

Jemea Thomas converts another opportunity for an interception, this time against 6'5" NFL WR prospect Kelvin Benjamin.

It's been noted how versatile he is. More importantly, Thomas was very reliable at each spot, rarely making unforced errors or wasting opportunities. When catching punts, you can trust he won't drop the ball. When put in a position to make an interception, Thomas plays the ball and has proven very capable of pulling down the pick. When presented with a one-on-one situation, more often than not he's able to covert the open-field tackle. That considered, his speed is average to below average for an NFL cornerback, though he has the ability to make up some of that with his technique.

Strengths: Tackling, hands, awareness, strength, versatility, reliability

Weaknesses: Height, speed, length

Verdict: There are some things in life that Jemea Thomas can't really control, but for everything else there's Mastercard he's a solid prospect. That said, size will be a major concern for him, playing in a league where a #1 player at his position will regularly be asked to cover guys 6-8 inches taller  than him. What's worse is the chance exists that he would be asked to cover one of those guys who's actually faster in a straight line. However, while that's a possibility that exists, after watching Thomas for the past 3 years, I'm still confident in his abilities in pass coverage. He does a lot of things well that play a major role in making up for his physical attributes. Also, considering his versatility, Thomas can bring a lot of value to teams that look to pick him in the 5th-7th round range. Thomas has received interest from the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dallas Cowboys.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join From The Rumble Seat

You must be a member of From The Rumble Seat to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at From The Rumble Seat. You should read them.

Join From The Rumble Seat

You must be a member of From The Rumble Seat to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at From The Rumble Seat. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker