2011 Denver Broncos Draft Cameos: Daniel Thomas

BOULDER CO - NOVEMBER 20: Quarterback Carson Coffman #14 of the Kansas State Wildcats fakes a handoff to running back Daniel Thomas #8 before rushing six yards for a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 20 2010 in Boulder Colorado. Colorado defeated Kansas State 44-36. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Running Back - Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

Height:  6'0"
Weight:  230
40yd:  4.68

Interest Level:

Private Workout:  Yes
Private Visit to Team Facility:  No
Attended Proday:  No
Other: -

Quick Take:

Excellent all around RB prospect, his greatest trait is his vision.  A somewhat upright runner he is a natural north-south runner, able to hit the hole quickly or patiently.  Smart runner who sees the whole field.  Excellent hands out ofthe backfield, and can make receiver type adjustments to track down a poorly thrown or batted pass.  Inexperienced at RB, but still showed great grasp of the position, plus a great attitude for the position, with toughness, ability to play through pain, and a willingness to punish a tackler.  Was  JUCO transfer and had been recruited to play QB.  Lines up at WR as a slot receiver, and has experience running the wildcat.

Where He Goes in the Draft:

Bottom of 2nd round

What is Denver's Interest In Him?

High.

When Thomas wasn't able to work out at the combine due to tightness in his hamstring, Denver immediately got him scheduled for a private workout later.  They wanted to get a better feel for his cision finding cutback lanes in a zone-run scheme, as well as probably gauging his overall football knowledge and love of the game.  I'm sure he passed every test with flying colors, and Denver will be watching him closely possibly considering a move back into the 2nd round to select him.

Round
Position, Name


CB Patrick Peterson


DT Marcell Dareus


QB Blaine Gabbert

Top OLB/DE Von Miller
1
DE Robert Quinn


DT Nick Fairley


QB Cam Newton

Middle OT Nate Solder
OT Anthony Costanzo
DE Da'Quan Bowers
DE Aldon Smith

Bottom DT/NT Phil Taylor
DE Adrian Clayborn
OG/C Danny Watkins
OLB Akeem Ayers

Top

QB Jake Locker
QB Christian Ponder
DE Jabaal Sheard
QB Ryan Mallett
CB Brandon Harris
QB Andy Dalton

2 Middle RB Mikel LeShoure
OLB Bruce Carter
ILB Quan Sturdivant

Bottom RB Daniel Thomas

Top
3 Middle

Bottom

Top
4 Middle

Bottom
5 Top

Bottom
6

7

[Note:  All players in the table are ranked by overall grade within their round grouping, however, the round groupings are based on where this player will likely be drafted based on where teams are currently selecting in the draft.  Therefore a player is ranked within a group by his level of ability, but players in nearby groupings may have higher or lower actual grades, despite being in a different group.  Confusing enough for you? --Styg]

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