Weight: 244 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 4.91
Bench Press: 18
Vertical Jump: 32″
Broad Jump: 113″
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Career Highlights (via Stanford athletic site)
AT STANFORD: One of the top outside linebackers in the nation heading into the 2012 season…earned Sporting News All-America honors last season after a 52-tackle campaign that included 8.5 sacks among his 17.5 tackles-for-loss…now has 36.0 tackles-for-loss, including 20.0 sacks, in 39 career games…ranks ninth all-time in tackles-for-loss and tied for eighth in career sacks…has made 34 consecutive starts dating back to the sixth game of the 2009 season.
2011 (SENIOR): Earned Sporting News All-America honors and first team All-Pac-12 Conference marks after a sensational junior campaign…finished fourth on the squad in tackles with 52…led the Pac-12 in tackles for loss per game at 1.35 (17.5 total) and ranked tied for second in sacks per game at 0.65 (8.5 total)…also was credited with five forced fumbles (0.38 per game), which ranked second in the conference and tied for 10th nationally…had five or more tackles in six games…registered six tackles, including 2.5 sacks among his 3.5 tackles for loss, against Duke in Week Two…combined for 16 tackles in a three-game stretch against Colorado (5), Washington State (5) and Washington (6)…posted a season-best eight tackles against Oregon…recorded five solo efforts, including two sacks among his three tackles for lost yardage against Notre Dame.
2010 (JUNIOR): Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection…started 13 games at the outside “sam” linebacker position in Stanford’s 3-4 defensive alignment…ranked as the team’s second- leading tackler with 70 stops, including a team high 11.5 for loss…shared (Skov) the team lead in sacks with 7.5 sacks, which were the most by a Stanford player since Jon Alston registered 10 in 2004…also had one interception and two fumble recoveries…ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in sacks per game (0.62) and tied for 13th in tackles for loss (0.88)…finished with five tackles in Stanford’s 35-0 shutout of UCLA…recovered a Randall Carroll fumble at the UCLA 46 in the second quarter…had seven stops at Notre Dame, as the Cardinal limited the Irish to just 44 net rushing yards…totaled 35 tackles, including 27 solo efforts, in Stanford’s last five regular season games… was the team’s leading tackler in Stanford’s dominating defensive performance against Washington…finished with a career-high nine stops, including seven solo efforts…also registered a sack…matched his career high with nine tackles in Stanford’s 38-0 victory over Oregon State…also had 2.5 sacks among his 3.5 tackles-for-loss and forced one fumble…was named the Pac-10’s Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts…finished with four tackles against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Named a second team freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com…also earned ESPN.com and Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman honors…appeared in all 13 games and made eight starts at defensive end…took over the starting role at Oregon State after Erik Lorig was sidelined with an injury…finished with 36 total tackles, including seven for loss…had four sacks on the year, which tied for second on the team with Will Powers…recorded sacks in two of Stanford’s first three games…had one sack for a loss of eight yards at Washington State and one sack for a loss of 11 yards against San Jose State…also recorded sacks against Oregon and Notre Dame…had a season-high six tackles against Arizona State on Oct. 24.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action.
Scouting Report/Player Notes
Thomas is one of the top linebackers in the country, and is in line to be one of the first drafted in 2013. He has really good instincts, great production, and outstanding size for an outside linebacker. Obviously, with Stanford playing in a 3-4 scheme, it seems natural for Thomas to make that switch to the NFL as well. He is a really versatile linebacker who can be moved all over the place, and mainly because of his ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Last season, he received some All-American votes after he had 17.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and five forced fumbles. He has once again shown up as a senior and proved that he is truly one of the top players in the country at his position. At the NFL level, he could be similar to a Clay Matthews type, being moved all over the field at the linebacker spot blitzing up the middle, rushing the quarterback from the edges, or dropping back in coverage. Very solid linebacker prospect.
Video Highlights (via YouTube)