Dontarrious Thomas Scouting Report

The Vikings liked Dontarrious Thomas enough to move up in the second round and possibly name him a starter. What does TFY Draft Preview think of the Auburn linebacker? He has some weaknesses to overcome.

Name: Dontarrious Thomas School: Auburn Year: 5Sr
Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 241 40: 4.65 Pos: OLB

Bio: Moved from outside linebacker into the middle as a senior and totaled 75 tackles with seven tackles for loss. Junior numbers included 92/11/3. Awarded all-conference honors his first two seasons in the program, leading the team in tackles as a sophomore with 122.

Pos: Nice sized athletic linebacker; built for the weak side. Fluid changing direction, displays speed and easily runs with tight ends or running backs in coverage. Displays outstanding pursuit skills. Slips off blocks and gets to the action with a burst of closing speed. Quick filling the gaps in run defense, forceful and wraps up tackling.

Neg: Struggled at middle linebacker last season. Not instinctive when the ball's in the air and takes too many false-steps to the action.

Analysis: Thomas has the athletic skills to be a productive player at the next level, yet needs to polish off his mental skills. Should be starting in the NFL by his second season in the league.

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