2018 NFL Draft: Browns select Chad Thomas No. 67 overall
After taking future left tackle hopeful Austin Corbett, and power runner Nick Chubb, the Cleveland Browns had one more pick, which they traded to the Colts. But, at No. 67 overall, to close out the second round, Cleveland took Chad Thomas, a defensive end from Miami.
The Cleveland Browns, if this pick works out, will have an embarrassment of riches on the front line of their defense. After passing on North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb on Thursday night, the Browns decided to go with Chad Thomas out of Miami, a project defensive end that Cleveland can actually afford.
Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah are fine, and Thomas can sit for a while. Perhaps later, he can usurp Ogbah for that second defensive end spot across from Myles Garrett. Let’s take a look at Thomas for a second, and the impact he can have on Cleveland.
First and foremost, Thomas is going to need some work. However, he is an absolute freak of a human being. At 6-foot-5 and 281-pounds, Thomas is a hulking brute at the defensive end spot. Oh, and he ran a 4.92-second 40-yard dash, which could be alright for someone with his size.
Thomas has a thick build with plenty of length, and the ability to get around and eat up blocks. Thomas is raw, but he is smart, had a great career with the Miami Hurricanes. He didn’t make offensive tackles look silly, but he has serious burst and speed, which translates into power.
Thomas’s bend is elite, as well as his tackling range as a defensive end. This pick is something of a project, but boy, do the Browns have all the time in the world to get him ready.
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