Draft Capsule: OT Dallas Thomas

Draft Capsule: OT Dallas Thomas

April 24, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Mark Strotman

Dallas Thomas (OT), Tennessee

6-5 | 306 lbs. 

Projection:

3rd Round 

Strengths:

He began his Volunteer career at left tackle but moved inside for his senior season, where he earned All-SEC accolades, so versatility is a major plus. His long reach and wide (yet balanced frame) make him a suitable tackle, while his solid footwork and agility allowed him to excel in the run game at Tennessee. He's durable, too, as he didn't miss one start in his final 37 collegiate games. 

Weaknesses: 

He can be a bit of a lunger when attacking defenders, and combined with having a tendency to stop moving his feet, is susceptible to quick outside rushers. He's somewhat of an unknown in terms of not participating at the combine or his pro day, so teams will have to go on interviews and game film and won't be able to compare him to other linemen. He doesn't pull all that well for an interior lineman, meaning a power-blocking scheme will be a better fit than a zone-blocking scheme.

Fit for the Bears:

Offensive line is going to be addressed at some point in the draft. And if the Bears go a different route in the first round, a player like Thomas may be around in the second or third round. A torn labrum earlier this year--he had surgery on Feb. 7--kept him from all workouts at the NFL Combine and Tennessee's Pro Day, so that may cause him to slip on Day 2. If that's the case the Bears may even be able to wait until Day 3 to grab him. Either way, depth on the offensive line is necessary, even after Jermon Bushrod signed to protect Jay Cutler's blindside. Still, Thomas' versatility and sheer mass make him a possibility for a Bears team that still needs to get better at every position.