Posted: 8:01 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014

Thomas shines in bench press at combine 

By Ken Sugiura

Former Tech safety Jamea Thomas is one nearly 40 defensive backs at NFL combine. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Former Tech safety Jamea Thomas is one nearly 40 defensive backs at NFL combine. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Former Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas got off to a good start at the NFL draft combine, bench pressing 225 pounds 19 times Monday. It was the sixth best total among cornerbacks, according to nfl.com.

There were 39 cornerbacks invited to participate at the combine. Thomas earned a reputation at Tech as one of the team’s most dedicated and powerful weight lifters.

Thomas will complete his work at the combine Tuesday with the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and other agility and skill tests.

51 comments
Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Renewed season tickets today.  Not overly optimistic about the season.  But one never knows.  Johnson and Roof may surprise.  Hopefully we eek out a W against Clemson or Miami at home this year.

GSU Eagle
GSU Eagle

Always around the ball, hope he has a decent 40 time. Enjoyed watching him play at Tech, especially the Clemson game in 2011.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Adults talking about kids lifting weights and the length of their arms, WOW  there are some sicko's out there today.  Think I will wait till the games start again before getting excited.  LOL  Man, I am dam near speechless!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

"This comment has been deleted."

LOL....  That's impressive.

How in the world do you get a comment deleted in regards to an article about a kid bench pressing 225 19 times?!? 

GTRanj
GTRanj

How about we don't read or react to mike banning/WnE and just hit the spam button ad soon as he posts.

juvenal
juvenal

how many did Clowney do? (kid from Mizzou only did 17) backslid fast, MB.....

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

He will be playing on Sunday, Always felt he was one of our top defensive players.

djack0062
djack0062

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday's Mr. Thomas!

LongBeachJacket
LongBeachJacket

Jemea Thomas was a flat out "baller" at GT.  Best of luck Jemea!  Continue to do well and represent Tech well... 

POAD2013
POAD2013

Where is WnE/Banning to complain about this article?

wima13
wima13

That's great to hear! I hope he continues to do well and get drafted. GO TECH!!

KKA
KKA

AJC is really on the ball with Ga Tech news!

Still has the article about the Tech-Duke game as a headliner!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

225 19 times is STRONG, I don't care what you weigh!  I hope Jamea makes a roster. 

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Please. I did that at the gym just yesterday.

toptencane
toptencane

Jemea is an awesome talent. The former Fitzgerald Hurricane will be a great addition to any NFL team. Proud of you.

HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

Glad to see Jemea's hard work paying off.  Where is he projected in the draft?

Cristobalite
Cristobalite

Go Jemea,   I would love to watch you in the NFL.   Best of luck

JonesboroJacket
JonesboroJacket

Hard work should pay off.  JT had better Tech career than Stephen Hill.  Hill, excelled at the combine and earned his way into the NFL.  On a side note, Tech has 3 well known receivers in the NFL with Calvin and Bey Bey as two of the top 15.  And if football does not work out, you should have a great degree to help you along in your next adventure.


JacketMan
JacketMan

Actually, Jemea is being conidered more as a Safety than as a Corner at this point, however, because he has played the Corner just as effectivelly, as well as played great special teams, Thomas is being viewed as the type of player who can make an NFL team and fill multiple spots so they can look to other players for other key positions, like Offensive Line or Linebacker.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Birminham__Jacket  You going to join any of our tailgates this year?  Be good to share a beer with you and talk football face to face.  :)

JacketMan
JacketMan

Jemea ran around a 4.53 official which was decent; not great, but close to other safeties that are rated fairly high, like Alabama's Safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. His other stats, however, like his vertical jump, and standing broad jump, besides his bench press, were better than most other defensive backs (in fact, Jemea might even be in the top 10 or so in those as well as the bench press).

GTLee
GTLee

Maybe because people who read Ken's blog are fed up with your trolling and mark all of your posts as spam?

You just don't get it, do you MOE-ron?

I'm sure you'll keep trolling, though

forexbomb
forexbomb

@GeorgeStein  Yeah, I have NO idea why everyone is making such a big deal out of lifting lite weights....  I did that in the 8th grade.. lol...  Good Luck Jamea!  

juvenal
juvenal

funnier than a fake punt, George, glad you expanding from your apologist role............hot seat info from a source i can't name.........

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

@JacketMan Most NFL teams would say he's a bit small for safety being under 5' 10" and less than 200 lbs. It depends on how he runs the 40 but he may be a bit slow for corner.  Those are his issues that Scouts would bring up just based on the raw numbers.  However, JT brought a hammer when he made tackles and watching a little game film would show that he can hang with the bigger boys.  His cover skills are also good so he's a prime candidate for special teams and a nickel package or slot cover guy. He's got a lot of heart and versatility so he would be an excellent addition to any team and a real value if still available in the later rounds of say 5 or 6.

juvenal
juvenal

doesn't he have a job?

GTLee
GTLee

Sure you are. That's why you are on your 4th blog name.

Keep trolling, liar.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@juvenal  A different opinion doesn't make me an apologist, juvenal.   I'd expect someone like you to recognize the difference, but whatever.   

GTLee
GTLee

Apologist role? When has George apologised for anything? Do you not know the difference between defending GT and apologising? Maybe you should be more like George and less like Banning, juvenal

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Yellerbug @JacketMan  Have you seen his measurables other than height?  His wingspan is equal to that of someone 6'2" to 6'3" or so.  It's a major reason why he was able to play effectively at hi his height.    

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Radar123 @AugustaJacket @GTLee  I don't think the fault with Vad Lee's development is solely CPJ's fault.  Sure, we would have liked to see more out of Vad this year, but I said from the beginning that we were over-hyping VL this year.  I cautioned everyone that he was a first year starter and not to hope for too much.  Ultimately, Vad chose to leave.  He never felt comfortable running the TO and you could tell by his indecision.  It just didn't work out.  Life happens like that sometimes.

GTLee
GTLee

" I'll agree with another year"

Glad to know you'll give CPJ another year before you fire him, Radar.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@GTLee  I just look at the contract(buyout) and the Schedule up coming and I don't see a positive for getting rid of CPJ. He is graduating players and winning more than he is losing. I don't see a new coach coming in in 2015 and facing that schedule looking like a winner trying to get his players in for his system. 

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

@AugustaJacket @Radar123 @GTLee I'll agree with another year but I'm disappointed he could not do more to develop Vad Lee. As usual, many fans turned on Lee instead of the coach. Like they do in basketball too. I do not like our offense in either sport.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Radar123 @GTLee  Agreed, yet those of us who don't think changing coaches is the answer aren't exactly satisfied with results either.  I just feel it's foolish to trade a coach out that is producing better results than previous coaches.  Sure there is room for improvement, but as we've seen at Tennessee, Florida, and other schools that recruit much better than us, it's also no guarantee of success either.  I feel like we should let him coach til the end of his contract and if he can't improve, then let him go.  Save the buyout money to pay a better coach if CPJ can't improve the program.


As it is, I think CPJ can succeed here, but it's up to him to do it.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

@GTLee

Current (juvenal) and former (radar123) season ticket holders get tired of being tossed in with the troll every time we voice a contrary opinion. Since CPJ's first two years, there is plenty not to like. In fact the loss to Uga in 2009 with long passes on the last drive instead of getting the ball to Dwyer or Roddy was the start of my dissatisfaction though I stayed on board for another three years.

GTLee
GTLee

"being the most informed and truthful on this topic"

Biggest myth yet.

GTLee
GTLee

You truly are an idiot, Banning

juvenal
juvenal

point is, long AND strong!

GTLee
GTLee

Guess it never occurred to you that Renner had a bad 2d half because JT took away his favorite receiver Ebron, huh?

Keep trolling, Banning

GTLee
GTLee

So you've personally talked to EVERY NFL scout, huh?

Keep trolling, resident blog liar.

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

Thomas' arm length is 30.5 inches. Judging from senior bowl measurements, it's not freakish, but it's as long as some players who are 2-3 inches taller than him.

GTLee
GTLee

Hypocrisy at its finest. Speaking of agendas, have you stalked any teenagers on Twitter lately Banning?

Keep trolling, moron.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Obviously you didn't watch GA Tech play last season because if you had, you would have seen that GA Tech played with multiple defensive backs playing at the same time, not just Jemea Thomas, and THEY were the ones getting burned, NOT him. His position was played correctly, however, with two DB starters out for the season, Thomas was having to try to cover for the "rookies" mistakes the best he could, so when he was close to plays that were getting "burned," in reality, Jemea was typically was breaking off of his own coverage to help out another defender who had gotten beat, which means Thomas was actually exceeding his requirements for playing his position.

This isn't supposition from a blowhard, this is a fact from coaches I've spoken with.

JacketMan
JacketMan

If you believe everything you read on the NFL.com site, then you are more foolish than everyone already gives you credit for. For example, they also said: "Easily mismatched by size vs. tight ends." Anyone who watched GA Tech play against North Carolina last season would have seen Jemea end up being put on the Tar Heel's star TE, and expected 1st Round Draft Pick (and consensus #1 ranked TE coming into this year's NFL Draft), Ebron, and pretty much SHUT HIM DOWN the second half of the game, allowing the Jackets to come back and win the game.

Anyone who had watched the ACC Championship a couple of years ago between GA Tech and FSU would have seen Jemea pretty much shutting down another potential 1st round draft pick in this year's draft, the 6'5" star Wide Receiver, Benjamin. In fact, if you had watched that game, you would have seen Jemea's one-handed circus interception at the end of the game (considered one of the top interceptions of that season) that gave ths Jackets an opportunity to take the lead in the game in the final 2 minutes, had Tevin Washington not thrown an interception right back to FSU.

So, no, the "official" NFL website is not the bible for NFL scouts and GM's nor anyone who has actually been following individual players on our own.

hpt84
hpt84

@MikeBanning @AugustaJacket @Yellerbug @JacketMan  

That link also said that Jemea is "Easily mismatched by size vs. tight ends." If you actually watch the UNC game where Jemea was covering Eric Ebron in the 2nd half, you will know this statement is false.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeBanning You mean to tell me that your getting banned for being so truthful.