Foxborough -- The New England Patriots used their last pick of the first day of the Draft to select Texas tight end David Thomas. Thomas, a key target for Texas quarterback Vince Young, was selected by the Patriots in the third-round (86th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Thomas apparently will have a chance to grow and learn the system behind a pair of former first-round draft selections, TE Dan Graham and TE Ben Watson. Graham is considered one of the best blockers on the team; while Watson is consider one of the best receivers.
The departure of TE Christian Fauria via free agency to the Washington Redskins created a need for another body at the position. Thomas will get the opportunity to learn Fauria's role, while working on improving his technique. Scouting reports indicate Thomas is one of the better-disciplined route runners with solid technique as a receiver, yet his blocking is listed as one area in need of improvement.
TE, David Thomas
Full Name: David Thomas School: Texas Pos: TE
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 252 40: 4.74 Year: 4Sr
Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-Academic honors since his junior campaign. Led Texas in receiving as a senior with 50/613/5 after 24/430/5.
Athletic and versatile fourth-year tight end and third-year starter who has developed into one of the Big 12's best tight ends. He was a John Mackey Award candidate in 2004 and named first team All-Big 12 by the Austin American-Statesman and second-team by the conference coaches and The Associated Press in 2004. Thomas has played in 38 career games, starting 25 while making 48 receptions for 754 yards, 10 touchdowns. Thomas earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2004.
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