There is nothing like a good ole matchup between Michigan and Michigan State. That is where Shakur Brown matched up against Ambry Thomas as the top cornerbacks of their respective teams. Unfortunately, we never got to watch Thomas this season.
The cornerback opted out of the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of that, there is no tape from the 2020 season, and he was able to get ready for the draft all season. It may have helped him since he scored an 8.97 out of 10 for RAS.
Thomas impressed everyone with his 4.41-second 40-yard dash. His average 10-yard split means he has average acceleration but is rolling when he reaches his top speed. His 38 inch vertical is solid, but his 10 feet and two-inch broad jump are average.
Under former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbough, Ambry played well in coverage. His speed allowed him to keep up with receivers cover them at all times.
He held opposing quarterbacks to a solid 53 percent completion percentage. That, along with a 56.3 passer rating.
In 12 games, the corner accumulated 38 tackles, three interceptions, and three passes defended. While those stats may not be as appealing as those listed earlier, it’s still a solid stat line to have.
The Dallas Cowboys need a cornerback that can keep up with the speedy John Browns and Tyreek Hills. Ambry Thomas has the speed to do that.
As we have seen, speed kills in the NFL. While Hill is a fantastic route runner and has soft hands, his ability to leave cornerbacks in the dust is what makes him lethal.
The Cowboys gave up many big plays last season. Having a player with the speed of Ambry will help limit those plays from happening in 2021.
Since Dallas has two fourth-round picks, Thomas should remain on the board at number 138. It will fill a need and give the team a reliable speedster.