Finding Broncos: Scouting Temple Running Back Jahad Thomas

With another running back on the docket, Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel breaks down Temple's Jahad Thomas.

Jahad Thomas, Running Back, Temple Owls

http://www.scout.com/player/174691-jahad-thomas?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 190 pounds

Arms: 30-? inches

Hands: 9 inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.62 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 11 reps

Vertical Jump: 32 inches

Broad Jump: 116 inches

Stats

Year Rush Att Yards Rushing TD Receptions  Yards Receiving TD
2014 80 384 0 14 364 1
2015 276 1,262 17 22 216 1
2016 207 953 13 33 418 6

* Does reflect kick and punt return statistics 

Medical History

Missed two games in 2016, due to a sprained left hand.

Character

Clean

Pros

Extremely versatile gadget player for a team. Can line up in multiple positions. Good experience as a kick returner. Great vision. Seems to possess sixth sense in anticipating the flow of a play. 

Great footwork and quick-cut runner. Outstanding pass catcher. Great at creating for himself after the catch as a receiver. Played in a pro-style rushing attack at Temple.

Wore the #5 — single digits at Temple are voted on by teammates and represents a player’s toughness. Great burst and acceleration.

Cons

Undersized for full-time NFL role. Big initial contact will stop him in his tracks. Willing pass protector, but not a good one.

Doesn’t maintain speed into contact, or convert it to some power. Won’t break many tackles. Could use some work with his hands as a runner, mainly improving a poor stiff arm.

Overview

Thomas had a good amount of production at college, but he has to be part of a three or four-man rotation at the NFL level. Can hurt an opponent as a returner, or in designed plays to get him in space.

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He's a Swiss army knife offensively for a coach. Thomas has the quickness, burst and attitude to be successful in his designed role at the NFL level. And he's loved and admired by coaches and teammates.

Fit With The Broncos

Thomas is another one of those gadget type players that Mike McCoy likes to use on offense. He is a chess piece for McCoy, and would give the Denver Broncos an immediate kick returner option.

Of course, Thomas would have to compete with Kalif Raymond. With no concerns about ball security, Thomas would have an edge over Raymond. His versatility would be a huge bonus for a Broncos offense that needs a piece like this.

Draft Grade: Late fifth, early sixth round.

Where He Goes: Sixth round

Insider's Take: Per a source, despite his size, Thomas is considered to be a tough son of a gun. He doesn’t have any kind of strength or power on him, but he is lightning quick. His ability to do multiple things for a team is what will land him on a roster, and likely keep him there.

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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