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2015 NFL Draft Player Profile: WKU CB Cam Thomas

The New Jersey native's height and awareness could land him a nice gig in the NFL.

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Cam Thomas, a 6'1", 190-pound cornerback out of Western Kentucky, had been the rock of a Hilltopper secondary that had its fair share of shining moments while Thomas was there. The Paterson, New Jersey native totaled 126 tackles and 11 interceptions in his college career at Western Kentucky.

Although Thomas was not officially invited to the NFL Combine, his fantastic college career has not gone unnoticed. Thomas recently participated in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg. Thomas was originally seen as a third or fourth round pick heading into his senior year, but the Hilltoppers' defensive struggles in 2014 (giving up over 44 points per game, mostly through the air) may have changed the minds of many scouts.

Pros

Cam Thomas has great length, which will play to his strengths in a league dominated by tall receivers. He also has an innate ability to detect the run, and has shown that he can get to the ball carrier when a run comes his way. His flashes of being able to find the ball (11 career interceptions) should also excite NFL teams.

Cons

Thomas got beat for deep pass completions several times in his senior season, which can likely be attributed to his lack of speed. He has a tendency to loose his footing and lose the battle with physical receivers at the line of scrimmage with little recovery speed.

Conclusion

If he can learn to use his length and high intelligence of the game to his advantage in the NFL, I can see Cam Thomas enjoying a fruitful career in the league. Many teams are reportedly considering moving him to safety, but his body type doesn't seem to currently support that. It will be interesting to see what comes of the former Hilltopper star, but he certainly has a chance to be drafted in the 6th or 7th round.

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