2024 5th round pick #138 is Xavier Thomas Edge

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HEIGHT: 6'2"
WEIGHT: 244
HAND: 9⅛"
ARM: 32⅞"
WINGSPAN: 78¼"

40-YARD DASH: 4.62
3-CONE: N/A
SHUTTLE: N/A
VERTICAL: 32.5"
BROAD: 10'0"

POSITIVES
— Has a nice burst off the line of scrimmage to win with speed around the edge.
— Sets up his pass-rush moves well by getting to square to give himself a two-way go and by using head/shoulder fakes to get offensive tackles to stop their feet.
— Solid bend at the top of the rush.
— High pass-rush motor to help get coverage sacks.
— Looked comfortable dropping into coverage.

NEGATIVES
— High pad level, and he lacks the lower-body strength to avoid getting widened when setting the edge.

— Doesn't get much extension on blocks as a run defender, making it difficult for him to escape and make tackles.
— Inconsistent accuracy with his chops to begin pass-rush moves. Often misses and doesn't defeat the hands to defeat the man.
— Lacks the strength to win with power as a rusher and tries to use it too much.

 
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By Lance Zierlein
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Round 5

Overview​

Edge defender who plays with good technique and unwavering energy. Thomas will get widened out at the point of attack or knocked out of his gap by power, but his first-step quickness gives him the ability to disrupt from the back side or when playing in the gaps. Thomas is a one-speed rusher who prefers to attack up and around the arc, but he needs to add relevant counters to go with it. He has the effort and hand usage to keep getting better as a rusher and could find an NFL home as an eventual starter or designated pass rusher in a 3-4 defense.

Strengths​

  • Play is marked by tenacity and a motor that stays engaged.
  • Consistent technique to attack blocker and gain separation.
  • First-step quickness to beat back-side cutoffs and close out the run play.
  • Gets to the top of the rush and can win with two-hand swipes and ghost move.
  • Feet stay active to help jump-start his secondary rush success.
  • Quick to sniff out screens and double back to the action.

Weaknesses​

  • Can be bounced around by tackle strength when attempting to set the edge.
  • Unable to stand ground firmly against downhill run blocking right at him.
  • Offensive tackles with strong hands tend to rattle and stifle his rush attack at the punch.
  • Rush can get a little too straight-legged, robbing him of power.
  • Needs to develop and incorporate inside counters at the top of the rush.
 

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Not really hyped about this guy. Never noticed him during Clemson games. But, it's a Day 3 pick. Who knows?
 

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PFF calls him a "low floor - high ceiling" player
 

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Espn said he was something like 6th best recruit in 2018 but held back by two major injuries.
 

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Guys on B/R said he was a top 50 prospect before getting covid and losing a bunch of weight. Did say last year did show flashes of regaining some of his prior explosiveness.
 

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