Inside the NFL Combine with Cam Thomas

North Carolina run-stuffer Cam Thomas just finished a solid showing at the NFL Combine. His stock continues to soar upward and he could be picked as early as the second round. He chats about his experience in Indy in his latest check-in.

Cam Thomas weighed in at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-4, 330 pounds. He did 31 repetitions of the 225-pound bench press, just one less than potential No. 1 overall pick Ndamukong Suh, and ran a respectable 5.27 in the 40-yard dash.

Thomas tells us more about his experience in Indy in this pre-draft interview.

Michael Lombardo: How would you sum up your experience at the Combine?

Cam Thomas: That was the longest four days of my life, man. But it was only for a couple days. It was like a job interview, you know, so you just have to deal with it.

ML: How do you feel you performed in the individual drills?

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CT: All the drills, they were pretty good drills. We practiced them where I'm training at [in Atlanta]. I really had an edge on it and was used to it. We practice those drills here so I already had an idea of what was going to go on. Then I looked at the film from last year to see what they were going to do.

ML: Are you happy with your numbers?

CT: Yeah, I'm pretty happy. I probably could have done better on some stuff, but it is what it is. Stuff happens for a reason. I still have my Pro Day if I want to change some things or do things differently.

ML: Which teams did you have formal interviews with?

CT: San Diego, New Orleans and Buffalo. That was basically it. But it went really good for me. Most of them talked about me playing a little nose, you know, basically being that anchor guy. I had a good time with all the coaches.

ML: What did the coaches ask you about your defense at North Carolina?

CT: Basically, it was a pro-style defense [at North Carolina]. Coaches just asked some questions about what the defense was about. Basically, we have a pro-style defense, a gap-schemed defense like a lot of teams in the league run, so I was familiar with most of the stuff they were talking about.

ML: What was the strangest question you were asked?

CT: There wasn't anything strange, really, just questions they want to know. They're really in depth. They just ask things like, 'Have you ever been in trouble? Have you ever been arrested?' Just like they would do at a job interview. They ask about your family and all that type of stuff.

ML: What was the most memorable part of the Combine for you?

CT: The coaches that you see on TV, you're right there performing in front of them. I would say that's the experience that really got me. I was just excited to work out for all the coaches and show them what I can do.

ML: What's the next step in your pre-draft process?

CT: I'm going to keep training in Georgia for the next couple weeks. Then I go to my Pro Day and just keep going with the interview process.

ML: Have any teams contacted you yet about setting up private visits?

CT: No, they haven't asked me about nothing like that yet. It might happen after my Pro Day (March 23). That's what I'm hoping for!

To read the first installment of our series with Cam Thomas, click here.

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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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