Former Georgia Tech signal caller Justin Thomas has found himself a home in the NFL.
While he still has to make the 53-man roster come September, former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas has found himself a potential home in the National Football League.
As reported on Sunday, Thomas had a successful workout as a defensive back and wide receiver with the New Orleans Saints this past weekend. The workout comes just days after being cut from the 49ers minicamp last week. It has not been reported which position Thomas will be playing as a member of the Saints.
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One of the most productive members of the 2012 recruiting class especially at the quarterback position, Thomas was a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets. Due to the Yellow Jackets, triple-option offenses, NFL teams were not interested in Thomas as well as his small 5-foot-11 stature which is mostly undesirable for an NFL quarterback.
A safety and quarterback in high school, Thomas making the Saints at the cornerback or wide receiver position is quite the story. While chances are Thomas slid into the corner spot at times in high school, never being a full-time cornerback put Thomas in a bit of a whole when it came to making any NFL 90-man roster.
College quarterbacks making position moves is an extremely common sighting. While many are not being able to make it in the NFL at other positions, some have succeeded. The most famous example currently is perhaps New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman who played quarterback at Kent State before making the transition to wide receiver. While Thomas has the speed and abilities to play cornerback, it will come down to if he is able to learn a new position fast enough.
While making the Saints 53-man roster this upcoming fall seems unlikely, Thomas could be a prime member for the Saints to make a part of their practice squad. With the development that he can undergo on a practice squad, Thomas could be a quite the intriguing prospect for the Saints. While he is expected to be a “project” prospect, Thomas made provide just enough upside for the Saints. Obviously, what upside he did show this past weekend gave the Saints enough reason to sign him.
With that being said, Thomas should be seeing most of his time in the slot position, which usually consists of covering a team’s fastest receiver most of the time. Thomas could also potentially see time returning kickoffs or punts for the Saints once training starts in July.