Cameron Thomas
Cameron Thomas  DE  San Diego State | NFL Draft 2022 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Cameron Thomas
Height
6-4
Weight
267
College
San Diego State
Position
DE/EDGE
Class
Junior
Home town
Carlsbad, CA
87.0/100
Player Rating
13
PositionRank (DL)
4.78
FortyYD Time
Sacks
11.5
Fumbles Forced
1
Tackles
71
Sol tackles
30

Cameron Thomas DE/EDGE San Diego State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Cameron Thomas DE/EDGE San Diego State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

SUB-POSITION: VERSATILE DL
Last Updated: 04/30/2022
Draft Year: 2022
40 time: 4.78 seconds (61%*)
Age: 24.1 DOB: 01/07/2000
Measurables:
Height: 6-4 (54%*) Weight: 267 (50%*)
Hands: 10 1/4 (68%*) Arm: 32 1/2 (28%*) Span: 78 7/8 (24%*)
Forty: 4.78 (O) (61%*)
Three Cone: DNP Bench: 24 (C) (53%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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SUB-POSITION: VERSATILE DL
Last Updated: 04/30/2022
Draft Year: 2022
40 time: 4.78 seconds (61%*)
Age: 24.1 DOB: 01/07/2000
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 6-4 (54%*) Weight: 267 (50%*)
Hands: 10 1/4 (68%*) Arm: 32 1/2 (28%*)
Span: 78 7/8 (24%*)
Forty: 4.78 (O) (61%*) Shuttle: DNP
3 Cone: DNP Bench: 24 (C) (53%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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Overall Rating: 87.0 / 100
Average rating of opposition Offense player has faced
Offense Rating:
74%
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Tackling:
67%
Pass Rush:
84%
Run Defense:
84%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 2nd - Mid
Overall Rank: #43 Position rank: #13
College Games: 35 College Snaps: 1792
Grade: 247 Sports 3  Stars 247 Sports 85 Stars 247 RATING: 85/100
Grade: 2 Stars 2 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.3 (87%)
Arizona Cardinals Drafted: ROUND: 3 - Pick Number: 87 (ARI)
Draft Profile: Bio
Cameron Thomas played for three years at Carlsbad High School in California. He recorded 88 tackles the final two years to go along with five tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, a pass deflection, and a fumble recovery. On offense as a tight end had 22 receptions for 294 yards (13.4 avg.) and four touchdowns. He was rated a three-star recruit by 247sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals. He joined San Diego State after receiving offers from Oregon State, Wyoming, and Navy.

As a freshman Thomas started 12 of the team’s 13 games at defensive tackle and played in all 13.Had 49 tackles, including 9.0 tackles for loss, 6sacks, two pass breakups and 13 quarterback hurries. Following the season he received second-team freshman All-America accolades from The Athletic and was named an all-Mountain West first-team selection.

As a sophomore in a COVID shortened season he chalked up 35 tackles (21 solo) in eight starts, including 9.5 tackles for 48 yards of loss, four sacks for 34 yards,14 quarterback hurries and ranked second in FBS in 2020 in quarterback pressures (37) among defensive tackles. As a result, was named an all-Mountain West first-team selection by the league’s media and coaches.

As a junior in 2021, Thomas exploded with 12 sacks (7th nationally in sacks per game), 21 QB hits, and a massive 44 QB hurries. He was awarded the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by the coaches and media.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Faced multiple double and triple teams throughout his career and still managed to put up great pass rushing numbers. At times he was simply un-blockable
  • Has elite hand speed and is equally impressive disengaging from offensive tackles
  • Has a pro-ready bag of pass-rush skills --an impressive spin move and an even more dominating bull rush
  • Very good athlete with great size, length, and elite pass rush moves to make an ideal 4-3 defensive end
  • Handles himself against bigger tackles when moving outside to prevent an edge rush he has the speed and quickness to counter inside with an elite level swim move
  • He is a TFL demon as he blows up run plays on a regular basis
  • Offers impressive versatility - plays as a 0, 3, 5, and 7 technique and rushes from a two-and three-point stance with the playing speed to stand up in space. Flashes strength as a bull rusher and his energy doesn't plateau.
  • Flashes nimble feet to chase running backs and mobile quarterbacks to the sideline when lined up at end. Spins off blocks to get back into the play.
  • Has fluid footwork to redirect, reverse momentum and close with a burst. Regularly first off the ball with good snap anticipation.
  • Easily gains inside leverage by shooting gaps.
  • Smart player with a high football IQ and an amazing none stop motor
  • Possesses accurate snap anticipation and timing to beat blockers off the edge.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Never out of a play, but can get out of control and work himself away from the action.
  • Is a very good athlete but not quite as quick twitch as you would ideally look for and doesn't have the elite speed of a perfect edge rusher
  • Can burn himself out in games - and seems to visibly tire in the fourth quarter of games
  • Stands up well against the run but is very pursuit-conscious and will take unneeded wide angles.
  • Plays tall and gets upright off the snap. Wins with upper-body strength and needs to focus on leverage
Scouting Report: Summary
Cameron Thomas is rocketing up draft boards at the moment and with good reason, he's athletic with an incredible set of pass-rushing that scare offensive linemen. He has no major weakness to his game that can't be worked out and therefore we're very high on him. His ceiling is at the all-pro/pro-bowler level with his floor a solid NFL starter. To us, he looks bust-proof.

Cameron Thomas is worthy of a late-first-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft and should be considered as almost in the same class as Thibodeaux, Hutchinson, and Karlaftis.

Cameron Thomas percentiles vs other Defensive End's (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

How other scouting services rate Cameron Thomas (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
63.9
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
16.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.