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Was Thomas' starting job in jeopardy at Oregon?

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08:37 AM ET 01.16 | Former Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas now hopes to take his talents to the NFL, but he may also have been looking at the future in another light. [Down] deep, Thomas knows backup Bryan Bennett is hungry, has more upside than he, and will push him for playing time next season. Coach Chip Kelly doesn't make playing-time promises. The competition starts over this spring, so there's some risk in Thomas coming back for another season. James declares for the NFL draft, along with exiled former teammate Cliff Harris. Fellow running back Kenjon Barner also seriously explored turning pro. ... Is Thomas a fool? Maybe. But what we're seeing here is a guy who's decided to get out before he's beat out.

The Oregonian

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January 16, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Does anyone have him on their draft boards?

January 16, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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Does anyone have him on their draft boards?

I've never seen pro anything out of this guy...but I'm not a pro scout.

January 16, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Does anyone have him on their draft boards?

I don't see the guy being drafted until the 4/5 round. Actually Thomas had just as good of stats as Landry Jones did last year. IMO Thomas should have stayed in school like Landry.

January 16, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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I don't see the guy being drafted until the 4/5 round. Actually Thomas had just as good of stats as Landry Jones did last year. IMO Thomas should have stayed in school like Landry.

Big difference between Jones and Thomas is the offenses they run. I wouldn't expect to see anything before the 7th round.

January 16, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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Big difference between Jones and Thomas is the offenses they run. I wouldn't expect to see anything before the 7th round.

I tend to agree.....college stats don't mean much in the NFL. They evaluate QB's ability to play their game. Ponder is a great example.....

January 16, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Maybe he can go pro at a different position. It's not that unheard of and after Tebow's game this weekend, I'm still of the opinion he should have swallowed his pride and become a tight end or fullback.

January 16, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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Big difference between Jones and Thomas is the offenses they run. I wouldn't expect to see anything before the 7th round.

I agree, and the NFL combines will tells us what the NFL scouts think of Thomas, but IMO I think he is at least as good as Tebow coming out of college. I know Tebow had a good team around him and he was an Heisman winner, but if you watched any of Oregon games this year, you would see that Thomas can throw the ball. I still say he will be drafted in the 4/5 round.

January 16, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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I tend to agree.....college stats don't mean much in the NFL. They evaluate QB's ability to play their game. Ponder is a great example.....

Ponder is a solid QB and we will have to wait and see what the NFL scouts think of Thomas.

January 16, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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I agree, and the NFL combines will tells us what the NFL scouts think of Thomas, but IMO I think he is at least as good as Tebow coming out of college. I know Tebow had a good team around him and he was an Heisman winner, but if you watched any of Oregon games this year, you would see that Thomas can throw the ball. I still say he will be drafted in the 4/5 round.

The thing to remember about Tebow - he's a hype machine to sell tickets. He wasn't drafted for his skills, but because of the 3rd coming signaling the Apocalypse. But, as you say the combine will determine most things.

I just was never impressed by his throwing from my casual observations. Seemed most of his stats were because of who he was throwing to. Now that was very Tebowish

January 16, 2012  11:01 AM ET
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The thing to remember about Tebow - he's a hype machine to sell tickets. He wasn't drafted for his skills, but because of the 3rd coming signaling the Apocalypse. But, as you say the combine will determine most things. I just was never impressed by his throwing from my casual observations. Seemed most of his stats were because of who he was throwing to. Now that was very Tebowish

Didn't Troy Smith (Ohio State) get drafted, hell Thomas is at least as good as he was in college.

January 16, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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Didn't Troy Smith (Ohio State) get drafted, hell Thomas is at least as good as he was in college.

Again, a Heisman winner. Thomas doesn't have that hype.

Don't get me wrong, I wish all Texas players well.

January 16, 2012  11:15 AM ET

Notice who's absent? LUS and FJJ must be having to work today. BHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

January 16, 2012  11:17 AM ET
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Notice who's absent? LUS and FJJ must be having to work today. BHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Prob, the opposite, Gov't holiday. So are they taking care of kids or chasing the help around the house?

January 16, 2012  11:39 AM ET
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Again, a Heisman winner. Thomas doesn't have that hype.Don't get me wrong, I wish all Texas players well.

I as well, wish Thomas good luck, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Thomas is a great QB, I'm just saying IMO he will be drafted in the later rounds.

January 16, 2012  12:26 PM ET
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Prob, the opposite, Gov't holiday. So are they taking care of kids or chasing the help around the house?

Good point.

January 16, 2012  12:37 PM ET
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Prob, the opposite, Gov't holiday. So are they taking care of kids or chasing the help around the house?

LOL, betting on the second one being what LUS will say, but the first one is more likely to have been reality.

January 16, 2012  12:39 PM ET

He proved two years in a row he can play under pressure. Having to replace a Heisman hopeful under unpleasant circumstances could not have been a typical succession. Plus, he can throw it a mile, and he makes plays happen, and the team seems to feed off his energy and talent. Not your typical very good college quarterback surrounded by great players. He was in that strata himself, if not quite the equal of LaMichael.

January 16, 2012  01:00 PM ET
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LOL, betting on the second one being what LUS will say, but the first one is more likely to have been reality.

Yep

 
January 16, 2012  01:01 PM ET

QUACK!! QUACK!!

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