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Jets Draft Spotlight: Adonis Thomas

By Alan Schechter

December 28, 2011; Washington DC, USA; Toledo Rockets running back Adonis Thomas (24) runs with the football during the game against the Air Force Falcons at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets are showing a wide variety of player interests leading up the draft in 2 weeks. Tonight, we take a look at a guy that the Jets brought in for a workout today. Spotlight, Adonis Thomas, running back, Toldedo University.

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He’s a small guy, coming in 5’10” 185 pounds.

In 2011, he rushed 171 times for 1,071 yards and 12 TDs.  A whopping 6.3 yard average per carry.

Pros: With only 382 carries for his college career, he doesn’t come into the league with a lot of wear and tear.  He’s athletic, with good wiggle and body strength.  He has good lateral agility, making him tough to bring down, and he is a good receiver out of the backfield for the screen game.

Cons: His size is his biggest down fall.  He would need to put on a bit of weight in order to be an every down back.  There have been exceptions, like Warrick Dunn, but he does lack the prototypical size.  Thomas is not great in pass protection, but that is in part due to his size.  He lacks breakaway speed, he can be caught from hehind.

There wasn’t much video on this guy, but I did find highlights of one game, and if you watch there is a nice run by Thomas. Take a look :

He clearly is a playmaker. He looks like a guy worth taking a shot at in the later rounds.