New Jaguar Scouting Report: Tra Thomas

The Jaguars made another acquisition today, as they inked former Philadelphia Eagles left tackle William "Tra" Thomas to a three-year deal. Does Thomas have any gas left in the tank? We asked Scout.com NFL Expert and Philadelphia native Chris Steuber what he thought of the Jaguars new tackle.

Chris Steuber has seen every game that Thomas has played in during his 11 years with the Eagles and he was kind enough to give us a scouting report—

Thomas has been a durable warrior throughout his 11-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He's only missed eight games in his career while having back issues and a blood clot in his leg. He has great size and uses his long wingspan to his advantage. He's a crafty lineman who doesn't possess the same quickness he had when he was younger, but he knows how to seal the edge and not allow the opposition to create havoc. He doesn't move as well laterally and doesn't get to the second level as quickly as he once did, but he's a hard worker and does a good job. He's a solid all-around tackle, even at 34 years old. He will be a solid addition to the Jacksonville offensive line; a line that desperately needs leadership and quality play. Thomas will provide that for the Jaguars and for any young offensive tackle they bring in, he's a great mentor.

The measurables:

The 11-year veteran from Florida State is a native of Deland, Florida, where his son goes to school. Thomas stands 6'7", and weighs in somewhere around 335 lbs. Thomas is 34 years old and will turn 35 on November 20th. Tra is a former first-round pick by the Eagles (11th overall) in 1998, and has been selected to three Pro Bowls and has appeared in one Super Bowl in 2005 (Jacksonville).

Our view:

This was a move that the team desperately had to make. The addition of Thomas allows the Jaguars much more leeway in going with a true best available player philosophy in the first-round of the draft, as they now have a veteran presence that will be penciled in as the opening day starter at left tackle. Don't expect miracles from Thomas, he's still a good player, but he will get beat from time by the likes of Dwight Freeney, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Mario Williams. That said, David Garrard or whoever lines up under center for the Jaguars should feel much more confident with Thomas protecting the right side rather than Charles Spencer.


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