Ambry Thomas projects as a potential starting cornerback for an NFL franchise. You certainly wish you had that chance to observe Thomas play in 2020, but the Michigan product opted out before the start of the season amid the uncertainties of the Big Ten season and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Thomas was most effective in coverage playing in press and disrupting route releases inside the contact window—he’s a physical player who does well when able to get his hands on the receiver and upset the timing of patterns. Thomas also flashes quite a bit in shallow spaces as a flat defender in zone coverage; showcasing good awareness of plays developing underneath to drive back to the football. Thomas’ ceiling in the draft will be directly tied to how comfortable teams are with a “redshirt” 2020 season and him standing on his tape from the previous year.
Ideal Role: Nickel cornerback.
Scheme Fit: Press man coverage or C-2 zone heavy systems.
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