Oregon Football: 5 Reasons Why Darron Thomas Should Be Drafted

Nathan LoweryCorrespondent IApril 13, 2012

Oregon Football: 5 Reasons Why Darron Thomas Should Be Drafted

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    With just two weeks left until the 2012 NFL Draft, fans are starting to see more and more why Darron Thomas made a mistake in declaring for the draft with one year remaining at Oregon.

    Don't get me wrong, Thomas made a HUGE mistake in forgoing his senior year, but he still should be drafted.

    Many experts and fans have Thomas going all seven rounds without being drafted, and it is doubted that he will get many looks as an undrafted free agent.

    However, Thomas does possess several skills needed to be successful in the NFL.

1. Leadership

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    He said it himself multiple times, Darron Thomas is a natural leader.

    He lead the Ducks to the National Title game his first year starting in place of the disgraced starter Jeremiah Masoli, and then helped Oregon overcome devastating losses to LSU and USC to claim the programs first Rose Bowl victory in over 90 years.

    While he does not have the measurables that NFL scouts drool over, Thomas has what's really important, the intangibles. 

2. Versatility

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    In two years, Thomas racked up almost 700 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

    The guy can run, and in an evolving NFL where mobile quarterbacks like Michael Vick, Tim Tebow, and Cam Newton are succeeding, Thomas' ability on the ground could be vital.

3. Size

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    If NFL draft scouts love one thing, it's size.

    While Thomas can't compare to Andrew Luck or Cam Newton, he does have pretty good size at 6'3", 215 pounds.

    It's nothing to get excited about but at least he has bulk compared to Dennis Dixon and height compared to Jeremiah Masoli.

4. NFL Using More Spread-Based Schemes

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    Even though he was deemed obsolete with Peyton Manning in town, Tim Tebow still led the Denver Broncos to the second round of the playoffs while playing in an unconventional offense.

    The NFL continues to change as teams can win with more spread-based approaches and Thomas could benefit from that.

    Chip Kelly had so much success he almost ended up as an NFL head coach which is good news for Thomas.

5. Adjustments

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    Yes, Thomas has thrown his fair share of interceptions in his career at Oregon, but he did something that a lot of college quarterbacks can't do, make adjustments.

    Thomas would always improve his play as the game went on and learned from his mistakes.

    That is going to be what makes him succeed in the NFL, and in the end, that is why he should be drafted.