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Thomas missed the entire 2011 campaign with a broken leg and dislocated ankle suffered right before the season, but the athletic and physical safety more than made up for that as a fifth-year senior. The native of Bakersfield, Calif., led the FBS with eight INTs - a Mountain West record and the most by a Fresno State player in 27 years. He returned three of those for scores, which tied the national lead. Thomas also tied for the FBS lead in 2012 with nine takeaways. The Bulldogs' first unanimous All-American, Thomas was sixth in the nation with four forced fumbles, third in the league with 12 tackles for loss and recorded 82 tackles. Thomas is also strong off the edge in blitz situations, recording four sacks as a senior. He was also one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the nation's top defensive back. Part of Thomas' development can be traced to coach Tim McDonald, a former Pro Bowler. Thomas, 24, can improve in the run game, but he's a hard hitter, finishes tackles with authority and has shown the ability to go get the ball in coverage. Thomas did not rank among the leaders among his position in the combine events, running the 40 in 4.65 seconds, recording 14 reps on the 225-pound bench, and posting a 35-inch vertical and a 122-inch broad jump. Thomas, though, is still a projected second- or third-round pick.