Charlie Thomas 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Started playing football at the age of 6
- 2018 Army All-American Game nominee
- Consensus three-star recruit
- Scheme tendencies: 4-2-5
- 2022 projected role: Starting WILL linebacker
Pros: Charlie Thomas is an athletic hybrid LB/S prospect. He plays with a high motor and a nose for the football. He’s a tackling machine of sorts. Thomas showcases good instincts to diagnose run versus pass. He embodies the phrase “slow until you know.” He displays good patience and control as he reads his keys. As a tackler, Thomas delivers a nice pop on initial contact. His short-area burst is easy to notice when he closes after locating the football. I like his ability to slip and defeat climbing blockers—he uses his hands to knock away the hands of the blocker.
Cons: Charlie Thomas’ height and weight bring concerns to his NFL profile/projection. There are reps where he plays too low in the box and is consumed by blockers. If he does not quickly defeat their attempts, the chances of disengaging are slim. He does not take on blocks with full extension to shock and shed in the run game. Thomas projects better as a zone dropper than a man coverage defender. There are not enough reps as a man defender to gauge if his skill set transitions to the NFL.
Charlie Thomas NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson