Jordan Thomas was a fixture in Oklahoma’s secondary for the better part of four years, and while he did go undrafted (for fairly obvious reasons), he has an intriguing skill set that convinced the defending Super Bowl Philadelphia Eagles to take a flyer.
Jordan Thomas’ Story
At 6’0” and 187 pounds, Jordan Thomas has close-to-ideal size for a cornerback. The Klein, Texas native didn’t arrive to Oklahoma with a ton of fanfare but eventually became a full-time starter by the end of his true freshman season. Over the next two seasons, Thomas had seven interceptions and 21 pass breakups. In turn, he was regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the Big 12, earning multiple first-team all-conference honors.
Amid his on-field success during his first three seasons, Thomas dealt with some off-field issues. In the summer of 2016, Thomas was arrested after fleeing from a bar fight, and he said the reason he ran was because of an arrest from months before for a failure to appear in court for a traffic violation. Thomas was also serve a suspension during the 2015 season.
As a senior in 2017, Thomas turned in his worst season on the field. It wasn’t just his lack of statistical production (one INT and two PBU) that was concerning — it was his tendency to give up big plays and find himself out of position all too frequently. It should be noted that Thomas dealt with a nagging ankle injury throughout the 2017 season, but even when Thomas was close to full strength, he appeared to have taken a major step back. Thomas exited the early-Novemeber Bedlam shootout with that nagging injury and never started another game.
NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash: 4.64 seconds (improved to 4.55 at OU Pro Day)
Bench: 4 reps
Vertical: 38 inches
Broad Jump: 124 inches
3-Cone Drill: 6.28 seconds (NFL Combine record)
20-Yard Shuttle: 3.94 seconds
60-Yard Shuttle: 10.85 seconds
While Thomas didn’t wow anyone with his 40-time (which a lot of scouts put a lot of stock into when corners are involved), his 3-cone drill time completely stunned everybody. Not only did Thomas set the NFL Combine record, he totally shattered it (previous record was 6.42 seconds). You can find the video for Thomas’ entire combine workout here.
If Jordan Thomas had declared for the 2017 NFL draft following his junior season, there’s a very good chance he could have been a Day 2 selection. After an abysmal close to his college career, a negative lasting impression is the reason why NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein say Thomas as not much more than a possible back-up at the next level.
Jordan Thomas Highlights
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