Positive: Developing tight end prospect with a great amount of upside potential. Quickly releases off the line, immediately gets to top speed and shows a burst getting into the secondary. Occasionally lined up in the slot or out on the flanks. Fluid changing direction, extends his hands, and nicely adjusts to the errant throw. Displayed improved hands throughout the season. Gives effort running routes and shows sharpness in his breaks. Blocks with solid fundamentals, bending his knees and getting leverage.
Negative: Lacks functional football strength and struggles to get movement run blocking or controlling defenders at the point of attack. Very raw in all aspects.
Analysis: Thomas played just one year of high school football before returning to the field for a successful campaign in 2010. He's a terrific athlete but a developmental player who's worth the time and effort. Thomas would be best as a move tight end that puts him in motion before leaving the line of scrimmage."
Negatives: A bit raw as a route runner... Rounds off his routes... Lacks ideal awareness in zone coverage... Not much of an in-line blocker... Doesn't generate much power... Lack of football experience, prior to this season had only played as a freshman in high school... Played in a run-heavy offense at Portland State... Lack of competition playing at the FCS level."
Even in college, Julius was primarily known for his hardwood prowess and only began to take football seriously very late in his college career.
In 2010, he caught 29 balls for 452 yards and 2 TDs. He did not register any statistic prior to his senior season.
NOTE: Made a splash at the East-West Shrine Game, where he caught a TD pass and 2-pt. conversion attempt on back-to-back plays. Looked good all week in practice as well, and likely made himself a draft pick as a result of his week in Florida.
Strengths: Long and has very nice ups. Can snatch the ball cleanly and seems to have natural hands. Seems to have a knack for getting open. Will win jump balls, and uses his body nicely. Has only played one year of college football and has absorbed an amazing amount of football knowledge in a very short time. Smart and will drive coaches nuts asking questions about how to get better. Solid character. Very well spoken.
Weaknesses: Untested and raw. Has a load to learn about the niceties of playing receiver. Is a tweener (WR-TE/H-back) with no defined role at the next level at this point and may have a long and frustrating learning curve, especially as a blocker. Needs to add 10 pounds of muscle. Must go to a team willing to stash him on the PS for a year.
Projection: 6th rounder to-priority UDFA."
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