Thomas: "I'm ready to make my mark"

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Thomas: "I'm ready to make my mark"

The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract yesterday with free agent wide receiver Devin Thomas. Thomas is coming off last years Super Bowl run with the New York Giants. Foxsports.coms Alex Marvez and myself caught up with Devin Thomas last night on SiriusXM NFL radios Late Hits to discuss joining the Chicago Bears and his assessment of his NFL career thus far.

Chicago is a team with great tradition and history, Thomas said. They have been a team I always admired growing upI understand that they are a hard-nosed team, and thats the type of player I am. I feel very blessed to be going to the Chicago Bears.

This will be Devins fifth NFL season since being selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. Thomas acknowledged his pro career has been underwhelming so far but stated, I finally learned how to be a professional in New York. It allowed me to understand and really know how to maintain myself and play this game in a winning program.

Thomas has a history of consistent special teams play since college while playing for Michigan State. Thomas has continued his special teams production in the pros, averaging 24 yards per kick return and recovering the key muffed punt in New York's NFC Championship game victory last year against San Francisco. Thomas is confident about playing special teams for the Bears, stating, Im an athlete, however they want to use me, Im ready to do it. Im not shying away from anything.

As for the Bears' renewed focus to run the football under new offensive coordinator Mike Tice, Thomas commented you gotta earn your keep. Blocking for your running backs, you gotta bring your hard hat.

Thomas jumped at the opportunity to sign with the Bears because Chicago was gung-ho to sign me and ready to make a move.

Coming off a Super Bowl victory where he celebrated in tears with his son, Thomas agreed with my assessment that he is a dangerous player right now in his career. Thomas stated, Ive had to bite down and dig deep. Im ready to make my mark.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley

2017 NFL Draft Profile: UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

6'2" | 250 lbs.

2016 stats:

61 tackles, 18 TFL, 10 sacks, 6 PD, 3 FF

Projection:

First round

Scouting Report:

"Ascending edge prospect who racked up impressive TFL and sack numbers this year despite a relatively raw approach and skill set. He's a little stiff in his lower body, but flashes good athleticism once the ball is snapped. McKinley's motor is a translatable characteristic, but improved hand usage and pass rush mechanics are what could elevate his game to another level as a starting, 3-4 outside linebacker. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: California QB Davis Webb

2017 NFL Draft Profile: California QB Davis Webb

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Davis Webb, QB, California

6'5" | 229 lbs.

2016 stats:

4,295 YDS, 61.6 CMP%, 37 TD, 12 INT, 135.6 QBR

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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