NEPD Editor: James Christensen
With the 206th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have selected Jemea Thomas (DB, Georgia Tech). Read on for analysis.
Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas is a versatile defensive back that may look like a cornerback—5’9″ and 192 pounds—but plays like a safety. Perhaps his best role could be at the “Star” position, taking off for the “Sam” linebacker in sub-packages. He can bring the wood as a tackler, can rush the passer and looks good in the box. He could also see some time at safety as he looked comfortable covering a deep half in college.
Jemea Thomas was used all across the Georgia Tech secondary – corner, nickel, safety. Also was a return man.
— Oliver Thomas (@OliverBThomas) May 10, 2014
Patriots fans have been looking for a thumper. While Thomas doesn’t look the part, he’ll make some hits that will make you cringe. He is a weight-room warrior and his work-ethic and leadership will fit in well in New England.
With Thomas’ ability to play on special teams, this could spell the end of Nate Ebner or Tavon Wilson’s tenure with New England.