This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Height: 6'3, Weight: 215 pounds
Strengths: Thomas is a productive, winning quarterback with good athleticism and size. Career record of 23-3. Will be a good developmental player if he’s willing to put in the effort. Could be a player similar to Joe Webb of the Minnesota Vikings – maybe not an every-game starter but a solid spot guy who can be put into certain packages to create athletic mismatches.
Weaknesses: Comes from the gimmicky Oregon spread offense. Didn’t have to make a lot of reads and will throw the ball into bad spots. Has to refine how he holds the ball pre-release. Will often drop his right hand instead of keeping it high. Doesn't have the strongest arm. Got benched a half as a junior for poor play.
Note: Thomas redshirted the 2009 season.