At one time Xavier Thomas was one of the highest-ranked players in the country coming out of high school and seemed to be a three-year guy who would be taken in the first round of the NFL draft. Fast forward to 2022 and Thomas seems to be banking on a major combine or pro day to rise up on draft boards.
Odds are Thomas will likely rise on boards.
He was a productive player during his time at Clemson, being named a Freshman All-American, and a two-time Third-Team All-ACC selection in his career. With 12.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss in his career at Clemson, he put up solid numbers but not something you’d expect from a top-5 player. Although his best season was his freshman year.
At 6-foot-2, 265 pounds, Thomas is big, strong, and fast which explains why he was so highly touted coming out of high school. His physical profile should raise his stock come draft week.
Landing Thomas in the seventh round could give the Dolphins a guy to develop and attempt to bring out that talent. Thomas could prove to be a low-risk, high-reward player for the Dolphins if they choose to go in that direction.