Posted: 9:14 pm Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Thomas runs 4.55 in 40 

By Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas did not do poorly at the NFL draft combine, but also did not accomplish what he set out to do.

Tuesday, Thomas recorded a time of 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which was tied for 24th among the 48 defensive backs who put down times.

As Thomas wrote on his Facebook page, “Horrible 40 time but thank god for pro day.”

A 4.55 is hardly a slow time, but isn’t necessarily helpful in aiding his draft stock. Prior to the combine, draft expert Tony Pauline said that Thomas needed to a run a time in the 4.4 range to impress scouts. Tech will have its pro day March 28.

Thomas’ other results from Tuesday:

Vertical jump – 37 inches, tied for 15th out of 45.

Broad jump – 125 inches, tied for ninth out of 44.

Thomas did not participate in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle or 60-yard shuttle.

On Monday, Thomas bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times, which was tied for eighth.

25 comments
wima13
wima13

I think he did well, a lot of Mock Drafts have him going in the 5th/6th round range. I'm glad he has done enough to get drafted now because when he gets to a team he will empress and will be one of those nice little "hidden gems"

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning "I'll post only truthful data, links, and comments IF, you and your cronies will promise to not delete any truthful comments by me or anyone else that posts on these blogs."

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And there we have it.  He admits he has been lying but is willing to negotiate.


#keeptrolling

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MikeBanning "If you simply tell the TRUTH all the time, then you won't have to worry about what is positive or what is negative!"

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That's good advice.  You should try following it WnE...


#keeptrolling

crackbaby
crackbaby

Jemea's best option may be the undrafted free agent route.  He and his agent could choose the teams that could best use his skill set.  Jemea can play specials, is an excellent tackler, does well in run support and is physically strong enough to disrupt pass routes (compensates for the "separation" weakness).


I'd like to know if the Pro teams would regard him as the baseball equivalent of a utility infielder.  Some who can come in and play corner, slot or safety.  Or, have they slotted him in one position (CB or S). 

All NFL teams need depth at DB b/c these guys go down during the season.  So make a team, even if its a practice squad and work your way into the lineup.



NOVAJacket
NOVAJacket

Jemea has the wingspan of someone 3 to 4" taller.  Another stupid post.....

hpt84
hpt84

Hopefully, his 40 time will be better at the GT pro day.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

Thomas measures same speed as Richard Sherman who many say is best CB in football.

Thomas is as fast as Sherman, but can hit a lot better.


but in the end what really matters is, does he have eyes / instincts.

I think Jemea will get drafted, his versatility will help many teams. 

LongBeachJacket
LongBeachJacket

J Thomas has a nose for the football.  Part of "speed" is anticipation and the savvy and smarts to be in the right place at the right time.  J Thomas has that.  He's got the athletic tools. He'll get a shot somewhere.  I expect him to be on an NFL opening day roster somewhere in September.  Good luck J Thomas.  Keep working....


Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Anyone that has ever been timed in a legitimate 40, knows that 4.95 is darn fast.  4.55 is smoke.  I find it impossible to believe all these recruiting reports about high school players that run 4.4's.... Maybe with a running start, and a tail wind of 30 mph!  No way even half of these recruiting times are accurate.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@BigTimeTECHFan BigTime you are on the money, I dont think he will be another Sherman but contribute as a solid nickel and ST guy. I think he will play on Sunday.

GGee
GGee

I read somewhere that only 8 people invited to the draft had 4.4 speed. If that tells you anything... especially with thisdraft being littered with potential starters.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@GTRanj @AugustaJacket@MikeBanning He keeps saying he hasn't lied, (I'm guessing the responses he kept posting were deleted), but if that's the case, then what is the point of negotiating.  Why would other people be willing to change if he isn't?  What specific changes in posing les was MikeBanning willing to change?  I don't think he knows how negotiations work....

hpt84
hpt84

@MikeBanning @BigTimeTECHFan  

Do you actually read what you post. How is Jemea short-armed at 30 5/8 with 10 inch hand per NFL.com? By the way Darqueze Dennard, considered the best corner in this draft, arm left is 30 1/4 with 9" hand per NFL.com.


"Easily mismatched by size vs. tight ends." Instead of trolling, why don't you actually watch the UNC game.

Superguard
Superguard

@GGee Yea and that depends on the positions.  They probably invited 15-18 players.  Account for about 4 Qb's who aren't required to be that fast.  Probably 5 or 6 lineman and you wouldn't have but 8 people who run 4.4. 

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

@hpt84


Never said anything about short arms or hand size, not sure what your talking about?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GT-TN

Pitt's pass d was pretty weak from 2004 - 06 but that didn't stop a 5'11" DB from impressing the NFL folks.

GT-TN
GT-TN

That comment right there shows how bad you evaluate talent when you state that our secondary has been weak for 4 years. JT can't cover everyone on the field. GT's pass defense was 85th nationally and OK States was 80th. Justin Gilbert is projected as a 1st round pick and his teams pass defense was just as bad. MCGill at Utah projected 2-4 and his def ranked 111. #5 projected safety taken is Bucannon in rounds 2-3 from Wash State. They 114 in the country. Those are facts so that blows away your thoughts on JT being best defensive back on a bad defense.

GT-TN
GT-TN

I just don't understand how an athlete that is projected to be a 6th round draft pick can't have a single positive thing said about him. There are a ton of guys eligible for the NFL draft and JT is projected around 202. But your "honest opinion" has him no where close to being a draft pick. This is why no one takes you serious. I'll take the opinion of guys that do it for a living instead of a guy that loves trashing everything about GT.

hpt84
hpt84

@MikeBanning @hpt84 @BigTimeTECHFan  

Who act like Jemea is some sort of "can't miss NFL Prospect"? From what everyone is saying, they believe Jemea will be draft in a late round. 

You ask why is it hard for for so many to put forth any HONEST analysis about GT sports? You should ask yourself the same question. All you do is bash GT, without a single positive thing to say.

Maybe instead of everyone being wrong and you are the only right guy, it is probably the reverse.

GT-TN
GT-TN

I agree. But there guys out there that like what they see in Thomas. Anyone can give there opinion on where they think he will go. He only needs to have 1 team liked him and he is drafted. Its not a honest opinion when "the so call experts" think he will be drafted in the 6th round and you have not a single positive thing to say about him.

GT-TN
GT-TN

Are you giving a honest analysis? I just read 3 different articles that has Thomas as a solid 6 round pick.