The Cleveland Browns did not have a third round pick coming into Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
However, they traded back from 64 to 67 when the Indianapolis Colts wanted to move up to select Tyquan Lewis from Ohio State.
The Browns selected Miami defensive end Chad Thomas at pick #67.
Thomas played all four years with the Hurricanes and was productive during his time there. He had 103 career tackles, 26 for a loss and 10 sacks. He also broke up 7 passes and forced two fumbles with two recoveries as well.
Chad Thomas is also a very talented musically according to his scouting report. He can play nine different instruments and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out after his selection that Thomas produces music for rapper Rick Ross.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com says Thomas has all the physical and athletic traits you like in a defensive end and at 6’5 and 281 pounds he is a massive player on the edge.
With that size, I’d imagine Gregg Williams will kick him inside and have Thomas play some tackle on sub package plays.
The production obviously wasn’t there statisticallybut watching highlights, it shows he can be disruptive in the backfield.
Here’s what one scout told Zeirlein about Thomas:
“He will be a very good NFL player or a bust. I don’t think there will be an in-between. He has his music thing which he’s supposedly really good at. I think it’s legitimate to question whether or not his heart will be into football as a long-term passion. He’s really talented but hasn’t improved like he should have.” — AFC team East Coast scout
Cleveland is continuing to build that strong defensive front and have a great coach in former NFL player Clyde Simmons to lead those young athletes.
Thomas joins Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, Caleb Brantley among others who have the potential to be a great defensive front in a couple seasons if their continue developing on the right track.