Washington Redskins 2014 Player Profile: Robert Thomas, Defensive Lineman

Wesley Hitt

Examining rookie defensive lineman Robert Thomas and how he fits with the Redskins.

Robert Thomas

Defensive Line

Arkansas

Undrafted Free-Agent

Twitter: @Razorback98

Career Stats:

Thomas has appeared in 24 games with seven starts since transferring to Arkansas in the spring of 2011 and made 41 tackles, 7.5 for loss with 3.5 sacks, and seven quarterback hurries.

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2014 Outlook:

Robert Thomas has one of the best chances of the Redskins 2014 Undrafted Free-Agent class to make the 53-man roster. Jay Gruden said that the Redskins were going to add young depth to their defensive line from signing undrafted free-agents after the draft, and Robert Thomas arguably is the best option to fill that role. .The Redskins have a talented defensive line, but an older one as well. Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, Barry Cofield, and Kedric Golston will all be expected to contribute and are all at least 30 years old. The Redskins do have a young talented player in Chris Baker, and the jury is still out on Jarvis Jenkins. The other thing Thomas has going in his favor is that he is a perfect fit for the nose tackle position, the position that has the least amount of depth along the front. Thomas will battle third year nose tackle Chris Neild for the final defensive line position. Thomas is a good fit in Jim Haslett's defense, providing a space eater in the middle standing at 6'1 327 pounds, while still being athletic enough to rush the quarterback

Roster Bubble: Makes Roster, Reserve Nose Tackle

Without a doubt Thomas will be a project, but I believe he is a perfect fit in Jim Haslett's defense, and has a higher ceiling than Chris Neild. This might be a bold prediction but I like Thomas' chances to make the final roster. This is the type of player with a lot of potential that the Redskins have to be better at developing.  They have done a nice job so far with Chris Baker who is now coming into his prime, and I think they can do the same thing with Thomas.

Personal Information:

A few instagram posts of Thomas with his fellow rookie teammates, including college teammate Zack Hocker, K, and Thomas decked out in Redskins gear on his car.

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