"I'm a dominant blocker as well as an athletic pass blocker, so I feel that any team that drafts me will draft an athlete that will last in the league, as well," he said.
Thomas was a three-year starter for Maryland at left guard, although he spent some time on the right side of the line early in his career. He has a 78-inch wingspan, which is beneficial in pass protection.
"It helps in pass blocking more than run blocking," said Thomas of his wingspan. "Once you get your opponent, you have to be able to lock them down. Those are the aspects of a good pass blocker, so for me being able to lock onto guys keep them out of my body frame, that's the biggest thing an offensive lineman can do."
OG Mike Goff
Thomas has been criticized, however, for his limited lateral mobility. Durability may also be an issue, as he missed part of the 2007 season with a broken fibula.
He is sure he will not be a liability and will be 100 percent for the team that drafts him.
"I don't have any injuries. I had one serious injury that caused me to miss some game time. But other than that, I haven't missed a game since high school, so I think I'm durable, athletic and intelligent," he said.
He has been interviewed by several teams, including the Chargers, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. None of those teams has asked him any questions he felt were out of the ordinary.
"I haven't caught anything out of left field yet. Most of the questions about family background, any problems at school, questions about the offense and being able to reciprocate what a coach puts up on the board," he said.
Thomas majored in economics and enjoyed his time at Maryland, especially the support and advice he received from head coach Ralph Friedgen. From the beginning, Thomas was encouraged to focus on academics and graduation. Student-athletes were penalized for missing study hall and tutors.
"You could get injured at any time and not have a football career, but you know that as long as you get your degree you pretty much secure yourself a successful financial future," he said.
His plans for after football include being involved in consulting and eventually owning his own business, possibly a restaurant.
"I love Italian food. That would definitely be on the menu," he said.
The Bolts are entrenched in their efforts to replenish their offensive line. With Goff, OG Kynan Forney and C Jeremy Newberry set to become unrestricted free agents, the Chargers will be looking to replenish depth on the second day of the draft.
Thomas is currently projected to go anywhere between rounds five and seven.