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Thomas Incoom NFL Draft 2023 Prospect Interview

  • Justin Melo
  • February 23, 2023
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Central Michigan EDGE Thomas Incoom is one of the most intriguing quarterback hunters in the 2023 NFL Draft. Incoom exploded for 11.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, and 56 total tackles in 2022. A transfer from Valdosta State, Incoom then traveled to the Senior Bowl in January, where he continued to do his pre-draft stock a favor.

Incoom recently spoke exclusively with The Draft Network. Incoom discussed his recent experience at the Senior Bowl and what he proved to NFL general managers and scouts in attendance. Incoom also touched on his pass-rush arsenal, debunking the small-school narrative, and more.

JM: What was your experience like at this year’s Senior Bowl?

Thomas Incoom: I had a great experience. It gave me an opportunity to learn from NFL coaches. I was around NFL scouts while competing against some of the best seniors in the nation. I learned a lot from everybody in attendance.

JM: What do you feel is the lasting impression you left on general managers and scouts in attendance in Mobile?

Thomas Incoom: I showed everybody that I’m an extremely coachable player. I got better throughout every practice. I think I put my ability to develop on full display. Whatever mistakes I made the day before, I came back and cleaned them up during the next practice. I showed a ton of improvement throughout the week. I think that’s the lasting impression I left general managers and scouts with.

JM: That’s such an underrated aspect of the process. You met with all 32 teams in attendance. What was that process like?

Thomas Incoom: That was great. Being in front of all 32 teams gave me a ton of exposure. That’s such a unique opportunity to meet with every team in one place throughout the course of a week. 

It also gave me an opportunity to learn that every team is different. It was a great experience. I learned that every team approaches the process a little bit differently. Everybody handled their business in their own unique way.

JM: Now that you’ve had time to reflect on it, how do you look back on the decision to transfer from Valdosta State to Central Michigan?

Thomas Incoom: It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It was probably the most important decision I’ve ever had to make. I’ve always wanted to play on Sundays. That’s always been my dream.

Making the decision to transfer to Central Michigan was all about playing at a higher level. It brought me one step closer to achieving my dream. Playing at Central Michigan gave me a chance to compete against other NFL-type players. I’m glad I made the decision to come to Central Michigan.

JM: It certainly worked out for you. You exploded in 2022 by recording a career-high 11.5 sacks. What changed for you? What led to such progression?

Thomas Incoom: I don’t know that a ton changed for me. I think I just polished certain aspects of my game. I worked hard during the offseason. I developed a better get-off. I’m always working on improving my hand usage. I was also working on my secondary pass rush moves and attacking the pocket. I carried that with me throughout the course of the season. Everything came together for me.

JM: Speaking of, how would you describe your pass-rush arsenal?

Thomas Incoom: I’m an old-school guy. I’m all about that speed around the corner. I convert speed-to-power and I love the long-arm as well. I’ve started adding a little bit of finesse to my arsenal too. I’m definitely a speed-to-power and speed-around-the-corner guy first and foremost, though. I can bend around the corner. That’s how I’d summarize my pass-rush arsenal at this point in time.

JM: We see that on tape. Your speed really pops. As you go through this pre-draft process, certain analysts are going to refer to you as a “small-school” prospect. That’s partially why the Senior Bowl was so big for you. How do you typically respond to the small-school narrative?

Thomas Incoom: When people ask me about Central Michigan being a small school, I honestly say that I disagree. I don’t think Central Michigan is a small school. Not at all. We play a bunch of Power 5 teams. When we get those opportunities, we always save our best performances for the biggest opponents on our schedule.

We have a lot of talent at Central Michigan. I just don’t think we’re a small school. I transferred to Central Michigan to get more exposure as an NFL draft hopeful and that’s exactly what the program did for me.

JM: I love that. If you could hand-pick the NFL quarterback to be the victim of your first career sack, who would you pick and why?

Thomas Incoom: I would definitely say Patrick Mahomes. To get a sack on him, you have to showcase terrific effort. That’s why I chose him. He’s always trying to make something happen by extending the play. Sacking Mahomes would showcase my effort on film. That would mean a lot to me. You need to have a never-give-up mindset to sack Mahomes.

JM: He’s an off-script magician. The NFL Scouting Combine is fast approaching. Have you set any goals for yourself in Indianapolis?

Thomas Incoom: I’m planning on running a good time for my size. I want to impress everybody in that regard. I also want to impress myself first and foremost (laughs). I’m going to go out there and dominate every drill. I want everybody to see that I’ve been working hard. I’m going to put my best foot forward.

JM: I’ve appreciated your time today. When a team drafts Thomas Incoom, what kind of player are they getting?

Thomas Incoom: They’re getting somebody that’s going to rush the passer. I can also set the edge and stop the run. Most importantly, you’re getting a great teammate that’s going to be a leader on and off the field. I love playing football at the end of the day. I’m extremely passionate about what I do. I’m thankful for this opportunity. You’re getting a guy that is doing what he most loves to do.

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