In the 2nd Round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Daniel Thomas, RB out of Kansas State. In order to get Thomas, the Dolphins traded with the Redskins (thru the Bears) for the 62nd pick. The Dolphins gave up a 3rd rounder (79th pick), a fifth rounder (146th pick), and a seventh rounder (217th pick). It might sound like a lot to give up for Thomas, but according to the NFL Trade Value Table (posted in a previous article) the Dolphins actually got the better value of the deal.
I like this trade and this pick. I have discussed Daniel Thomas in a previous article actually mocking him at the 79th pick. Thomas was named to the 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2010. He has good size at 6′ 0″ and 230 pounds having average arm length (32.25″) and hand size (9.0″). He has average upper body (bench press of 21 reps) and lower body (broad jump of 123″) strength. He has below average top end speed (40 time of 4.59 sec) and lateral quickness (3-cone drill of 7.06 sec), but is a one cut runner with good vision, strength, and leverage – he does not “Dance with the Stars” at the line of scrimmage. Thomas has an excellent two-year body of work at Kansas State after transfering from junior college – 26 career starts, 298 rushes & 27 receptions in 2010, and 545 career rushes. Please note 545 rushes were done in two years. He had good 2010 rushing production (5.32 YPA) and receiving production (6.33 YPA). I have compared Thomas with other top tier RBs in the draft in the following table for your review.