Broncos take chance in fourth round

Marcus Thomas

The Denver Broncos decided to take a chance on a potential first round draft choice, whose stock had fallen because of discipline issues at the University of Florida.

The Denver Broncos traded their 6th and 7th round picks plus their third round pick in 2008 to the Minnesota Vikings to draft Florida DT Marcus Thomas in the fourth round.

Thomas was considered by many to be a first round talent, but his stock fell after he was dismissed from the Florida team for substance abuse and personal discipline issues.

According to Florida sources, Thomas is a risk worth taking because of his potential to be a starter in the NFL if he stays clean and a team like Denver with veteran leadership might be just the place for him.

Thomas had 26 starts for the Gators and played in five games before his suspension and dismissal.

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 314 40: 5.00
Position: DT
Date of Birth: 9/23/1985
Class: Senior
High School: Mandarin HS (Jacksonville, FL)
College: Florida

Positives:
Explosive interior lineman who is a force when focused on his game. Plays with good pad level, quickly gets off the snap and is fluid changing direction.

Effectively uses his hands to protect himself or get off blocks, makes plays laterally and covers a good amount of area on the field. Focused on by opponents and defends the run or rushes the passer.

Negatives:
Gets lazy and takes plays off. Does not give consistent effort trying to shed blocks. Has been in a lot of trouble the past eight months.

Watch video of Marcus Thomas' explanation of his problems

Marcus Thomas letter of apology to Gator fans



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