NFL Draft 2012: 3 Franchises That Best Suit Oregon QB Darron Thomas
Darron told ESPN’s Joe Shad, “I am ready to go. I left on a good note with the Rose Bowl. And I am ready to further my life.”
Many people think Thomas was just chasing the money and that he will end up missing Oregon more than Oregon will miss Thomas.
I would tend to agree with this side of the argument for the reason that this upcoming draft is loaded with some highly-skilled quarterbacks. In the first round alone, quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Ryan Tannehill, are all projected to get drafted. Even with so much talent ahead of him, Thomas still has the skills that it takes to be successful in the NFL.
His size will be a big benefit for him standing a 6’ 3” and 217 lbs. He is very mobile and demonstrated his speed at Oregon, rushing for 206 yards in 2011 and 486 in 2010.
He has some solid arm strength, but his only serious imperfection as a quarterback is his inconsistent accuracy, which is something that can easily be worked on and fixed.
There will be many teams that might take a look at Thomas as they progress through the rounds but there are three teams that should take an extended look at and possibly draft him.
The first is the Washington Redskins. This team is probably has the worst quarterback situation in the entire league, and Mike Shanahan has hinted that he will probably be finding his next quarterback in this years draft.
If the Redskins don’t trade up in the draft to try and take Griffin and go with another position player instead, they could snag Thomas in one of the later rounds. If Washington picked up the former Oregon QB he would have to compete for the starting job against Kellen Clemens and Rex Grossman.
Seattle would also be an excellent place for Thomas to end up. The quarterback job in Seattle is probably going to be up for grabs between Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst based on the season that Jackson had last year, throwing only 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
If the Seahawks were to grab Thomas in one of their later-round picks, he could make it a three horse race for the starting QB job.
Green Bay Packers
The next place that would be beneficial for Thomas would be with the Green Bay Packers. More than likely, Matt Flynn will not be with the Packers next season for two reasons.
The first is that the Packers already have a superstar in Aaron Rodgers. The second is that his salary will be considerably higher than that typically paid to a backup.
It is always nice to have solid insurance like Flynn, but what it will cost for the Packers to keep him around will be much greater than what they can afford, especially if Miami ends up knocking on his door with an offer.
If Green Bay happens to snag Thomas at any point in the draft he would have the backup role and be able to learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the game today.