NFL Draft 2011: Dallas Cowboys Select CB Josh Thomas In Round 5

With the 143rd overall pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected Buffalo cornerback Josh Thomas in the fifth round of the draft. Smith is a very talented player with the potential to develop into a solid starter in the NFL. It took the Cowboys long enough, but they finally added help along the defensive unit. Here is what has to say about Thomas:

Thomas has the upside to potentially turn into a starting corner with some improved awareness and overall refinement to his game. At this stage, has the size, coverage skills, and hands to provide quality depth as a backup. Can hold up in man, will press effectively and has the athleticism to stick with and trail receivers. Zone coverage instincts are still developing, but can locate his man and make open field tackles in the flats. Hands are good and can extend away from his body for an interception. Has the right mentality against the run, just needs some more consistency. Thomas is a Day 3 prospect.

With Terrence Newman, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick on the roster, Thomas won’t be forced onto the field too early. If he is developed correctly, the Cowboys got themselves excellent value in the mid-rounds.

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