2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Jemea Thomas (DB, Georgia Tech)

Jemea Thomas is a versatile defensive back.

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.

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.

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8 Responses to “2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Jemea Thomas (DB, Georgia Tech)”

  1. MarcSluis says:


  2. GlennW says:

    Just a few comments on Jemea from someone whose had the pleasure of watching him since he started his career at GA Tech. He reminds me a bit of Asante Samuel, but a bit bigger, faster, and doesn’t shy away from contact. In fact, Jemea ranked in the top 25 in tackles in the NCAA last season.

    Also, for those who are concerned about Jemea’s height, he plays much “taller” because he has long arms and huge hands. For example, last season when Tech was playing against North Carolina, and the Tar Heels ran up a large scoring advantage by halftime because their Tight End Ebron, who was a 1st Round draft choice this season, was torching the Jacket Defense, the 2nd half of the the game, Jemea was put one-on-one with Ebron and shut him down, giving Tech the chance to win the game.

    The year before, when GA Tech was playing FSU in the ACC Championship game, Jemea was put one-on-one against the Seminole 6’5″ Wide Receiver, Benjamin, who was the Panthers’ 1st Round pick this season. What did Jemea do? He held him to one reception all game, and made one of the best interceptions of the year against EJ Manuel, the 1st Round draft pick of the Bills last season (google Femea Thomas interception FSU and take a look at his one-handed interception; it’s a thing of beauty).

    Jemea also played on special teams, even returning punts one season, but on the punt and kickoff coverage teams; always the first man down making key tackles.

    Personally, I think the Patriots got the steal of the draft.

  3. Purple hurricane says:

    Show them how we do things from fitzgerald Jamea. NE got a real hitter with Jamea. He’s a hard worker and a strong young man. Your where you deserve to be buddy. Congratulations and good luck bro.

  4. Daniel says:

    I would compare him to tyrann Mathieu. At least the poor mans version of him. You never know how he’ll turn out and people aren’t even giving half a guys we drafted a chance; they haven’t even played a snap! Best luck to all.

  5. RD4GT says:

    I had the pleasure of watching Jemea during his time at Tech. You got a real steal with this kid. He has high football IQ, is a leader and is a beast on the field.

  6. acm says:

    this guy is like a poor man’s Lamarcus Joyner. Good player. Not sure it was the most optimal pick but can’t knock it either.

    In the 4-7 round range, the only pick I am not too happy with is OG Halapio, who I think is not the best of fits and a redundant player. Would have much preferred LB depth (with no viable alternative at TE being available at that point).

  7. J H TARBORO says:

    If their picks were a part of a plan, all I can say is that year 2 jump by our returning rookie receivers had better happen because our division just got real serious. I hope the receiving corp understands how much they need to be up to speed. We didn’t address a playmaker for Brady, that’s the only problem I really had with this draft. I also believe Houston stuck it to the Patriots, we drafted Jimmy G. In the 2nd in hoping we could have traded Mallett later, it didn’t happen that way.

  8. Ryan says:

    Thomas seems like an extremely versatile player whose only limit will be his size. I think he will catch on well in New England and make an eventual impact on their pass defense. However, I would’ve favored a more physical safety like Ahmad Dixon or Dion Bailey at this point in the draft because our defense lacks a definitive enforcer. With how far safeties have been sliding, however, we could still end up with a good one through UDFA signings.

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