Former Raven Robert Thomas Signs Free Agent Deal With Washington
May 13, 2014
Robert Thomas, #99, chases down quarterback Jeffrey Claybon of Tyler Junior College during the Ravens 27-10 win on Aug. 28, 2010.
Former Coffeyville Red Raven defensive tackle Robert Thomas signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL draft. Thomas began his college career at Coffeyville in 2010 and played in 11 games and recorded 51 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five sacks with two passes batted and one forced fumble. Thomas was a teammate of Williams in 2010 at Coffeyville.
After his freshman season with Coffeyville, Thomas transferred to Arkansas in 2011 and appeared in 12 games. In 2012, he saw action in all 12 games, and started the first seven games of 2013, managing 31 tackles, six tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks before suffering a season-ending broken left leg against South Carolina. Thomas had surgery in October, but had not recovered in time for the NFL Scouting Combine.
According to Thomas' NFL draft prospect page on the NFL web site, Thomas "has good body mass, keeps blockers occupied, fights the double team and control gaps, plays hard and competes, and is a respected team leader."
The bottom line scouting analysis by the NFL states that Thomas "can find a role as a rotational wave backup in the pros." Thomas' late-season injury had him projected as priority free agent signing post-draft.
Thomas is a native of Muskogee, Okla.