In the fourth round (119th overall) the Washington Redskins selected safety Phillip Thomas out of Fresno State.
For months, Thomas had been strongly linked as a candidate to be a member of the Burgundy and Gold after the 2013 NFL Draft had concluded—with the No. 51 pick in the second round.
We got him in the fourth round.
Can you say steal?
Just like his 2013 draft colleague and now-teammate David Amerson, Thomas loves to steal the ball away from the offense. He had eight interceptions his senior year.
Good luck NFC East quarterbacks.
Let’s take a deeper look at the former Bulldog turned Redskin.
According to his NFL.com profile, Thomas has the speed to keep up with receivers and the physicality to push tight ends around.
Athletic, physical defender. Strong tackler with good length and the attitude to throw down ball carrier. Breaks down well when approaching ball carriers in space, has quick feet and agility to make the stop. Quick enough to stay with tight ends and some receivers in coverage, can undercut to knock away or pick off late throws. Nice ball skills to extend away from his frame to make the moderate-to-difficult interception. Sticks his nose in against the run when making that read, fills a hole, flows through traffic to find the ball, or adds himself into piles with reckless abandon. Comes downhill from two-deep look with speed. Adept blitzer off the edge, makes ball carrier pay in the backfield if not accounted for.
CBSSports.com let everyone know that Thomas can lay some mammoth hits.
Well proportioned athlete with good straight-line speed, agility and terrific closing speed. Very good anticipatory skills. Recognizes where the play is going and arrives in time to make a play, whether it be against the run or the pass. Reliable ball-skills. Tracks the ball well, showing good leaping ability and soft hands to pluck the ball from the air. Physical hitter. Lowers his shoulder into the ball-carrier to make the forceful hit and wraps securely to assure the tackle. Possesses the light feet and surprisingly fluid hips to drop down and cover receivers out of the slot. Very good open-field running ability, due to his agility, speed and vision to be a threat with the ball in his hands.
I’ll leave you with some highlights from his stay in California.
Hail to the Redskins!
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