2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 18, 2011 @ 13:01:01 PDT


Kansas State senior running back Daniel Thomas enters the 2011 NFL Draft as a top-10 rusher on most boards. He is a bruiser and has posted very strong numbers in two years at the position.

In 2009, Thomas rushed for 1,265 yards (5.1 per carry) and 11 touchdowns. He added 25 receptions that season. Last year, he racked up 19 touchdowns and ran for 1,585 yards (5.3 per carry). 


  • Powerful north-south runner
  • Size (6-foot 1/4, 230 pounds)
  • Productive and consistent
  • Long strider
  • Daniel Thomas, draft prospect
    Bruising back with upside
    Patient, follows blocks well
  • High upside - only two years of playing running back (previously a quarterback)
  • Decent hands - capable receiver but wasn't tested much in terms of routes
  • Agile for a back of his size
  • Keeps feet churning at contact
  • Decisive runner with good vision for the cutback
  • Strong lower body (34-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-3 broad jump)


  • Not a big-play threat - average speed (4.62-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day)
  • Doesn't avoid a lot of contact
  • Raw pass protector
  • Will be 24 years old as a rookie
  • Runs upright
  • Thin lower body

Expected draft placement

Thomas has the skill set to go as high as the late second round, but he probably will be a third-round selection in the draft because of an overall lack of a need for the position after several other backs are likely to come off the board before him.

The Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals have all shown interest in Thomas.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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