Teams looking to upgrade at cornerback will have plenty of options to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Ambry Thomas. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to the Michigan product.
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Ambry Thomas Draft Profile
A physical corner with decent size and great speed, Thomas was just scratching the surface of his potential while at Michigan. His aggressive press-coverage approach will translate to the NFL. He shows quick hands and the upper-body strength to reroute receivers early in the down, but he also has more than enough in the way of make-up speed to cover up any mistakes. He transitions and redirects easily, with the ability to mirror against quickness. Michigan used him as a return specialist and occasionally on offense, and he has the ball skills to finish interceptions when he gets the opportunity. He isn’t shy in run support.
He still has work to do in terms of instincts and route recognition. Those will improve with more reps, but the bigger issue is his tendency to get too physical downfield. He has decent size, but he’s not as long as some teams want their boundary corners to be.
He might be penalty-prone, but Thomas has early starter potential with the traits to become a No. 1.
Final Grade: 2nd round
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