The 6-1, 195-pound cornerback is the first player ever drafted by the Packers out of Montana State. He gained a reputation there as one of the top corners in Division 1-AA. Thomas led the Bobcats with four interceptions and a conference-leading 15 passes defensed in 2003.
Hailing from Burien, Wash. where he was all-state at John F. Kennedy High School, Thomas originally enrolled at Washington before transferring to Montana State.
Thomas joins C/G Scott Wells (seventh round), P B.J. Sander (third round) and DT Donnell Washington (third round) as draftees who have signed with the Packers this week. That leaves two - top pick CB Ahmad Carroll and sixth round pick DT Corey Williams. Rookies cannot practice without a contract.
The release of Dorsch marked the end of an experiment that was hampered by bad timing. Dorsch joined the 53-man roster the day before the Packers' Jan. 11 playoff loss at Philadelphia and attended both offseason mini-camps. At the post-draft camp, Dorsch was joined by third-round pick B.J. Sander in the punting ranks.
Dorsch's departure leaves Sander and Nathan Chapman as the punters on the Packers roster.