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Interest in Jemea Thomas picking up

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Jemea Thomas' versatility could make him a useful draft pickup.

Jemea Thomas’ versatility could make him a useful draft pickup.

Former Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas has been busy auditioning prior to the NFL draft, according to his agent. Thomas has had 11 private workouts and has been brought in for visits by four different teams, and more teams were trying to schedule visits, Kevin Conner said.

At the teams’ request, Conner declined to specify them, but Thomas posted pictures this week from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ facilities on his Facebook page.

“The kid has been extremely active,” Conner said. “The words that keep coming up are versatility, physicality and toughness.”

Earlier this week, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. projected Thomas as a late-round pick or possible free agent, but the interest shown in him suggests that he could go earlier.

The draft will be held May 8-10.

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