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papz 05-27-2013 03:26 PM

Rookie Chase Thomas set to help Saints defense
 
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NEW ORLEANS — Rookie linebacker Chase Thomas may not look the part. He certainly wasn’t drafted to play the part, since all 32 NFL teams skipped over him for seven rounds in April.

But don’t bet against him playing an integral part in the New Orleans Saints’ 3-4 defense under first-year coordinator Rob Ryan, said Russ Lande, director of scouting for National Football Post.

“When you watched Stanford, Thomas was all over the field,’’ Lande said last week. “He was making tackles everywhere. Now he doesn’t test out well. He’s not a pretty looking guy. By that I mean he’s not sculpted or chiseled. He’s just a football player.

“I had him with a second-round grade. I think he’s a starter in a 3-4 defense. I wouldn’t be shocked if he played a ton this year. Plus he’s going to be a (bear) on special teams.’’

So how does a second-round projection by a reputable scout, from a top-shelf BCS school, end up going undrafted? Are there off-the-field problems? Injuries? A make-believe girlfriend?

What’s the deal?

“From all the feedback I was getting, it was a surprise,’’ Thomas said Thursday after the team’s third of their allotted 10 organized team activities. “But you can’t dwell on it for too long. I was blessed to have an opportunity at all. I’m still here. It doesn’t really matter how I got here.’’

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QBREES9 05-27-2013 03:38 PM

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He’s not a pretty looking guy. By that I mean he’s not sculpted or chiseled. He’s just a football player.

He's just a Football Player.

|Mitch| 05-27-2013 03:43 PM

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He reminds me of Brian Urlacher in his prime...

saintsfan1976 05-27-2013 03:48 PM

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If you can't buy a Paul Kruger, find a guy who you can mold to play like him.

homerj07 05-27-2013 06:02 PM

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I will be amazingly surprised if he isn't on the team come September

jeanpierre 05-27-2013 06:36 PM

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Just watch and wait for it...

RockyMountainSaint 05-27-2013 06:37 PM

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The next Shanle!

HouYat 05-27-2013 09:19 PM

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I don't remember seeing Thomas last year, but what I do remember is Stanford having a swarming defense. And btw, they got a bad call against ND on that final goal line play & should have won that ame.

Seer1 05-27-2013 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by RockyMountainSaint (Post 504961)
The next Shanle!

Ummm, mebbe not...

Seer1 05-27-2013 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 504913)
He reminds me of Brian Urlacher in his prime...

We'll see. It's not spoken of much, but Urlacher was very fast.


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