Adonis Thomas vs N. Illinois 2011 (via phillyjimmyphilms)
Have you ever watched an Eagles game and been excited whenever LeSean McCoy touched the football? Have you ever thought, within the first two seconds of a play unfolding, "He's gone!"?. I for one love to watch McCoy work. He is ridiculously shifty, he's fast, he's tough, and he can catch the football. He is a true homerun threat. Now let me ask you another question. Have you ever felt the same way watching Shonn Greene with the football in his hands. I for one don't know the feeling. Adonis Thomas from Toledo may be the solution to that problem.
Adonis Thomas is a 5'10", 185 lb running back who relies on his speed and elusiveness to make plays. He can run to the outside, or he can be a one cut runner running up the middle. In the 2011-12 season, Thomas ran for 1071 yards and 171 attempts, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns. In terms of receiving, Thomas caught the ball 31 times for 350 yards, scoring another touchdown. Against Boise State, his toughest competition on the year, he had a good outing considering his limited touches (14 rushes for 65 yards with a touchdown, and 3 receptions for 31 yards). Against Ohio State, he lacked in the rushing category, but made up for it with 6 catches for 111 yards.
That is exactly what the Jets need right now. When your running game can't get going, now you have a safety blanket to throw to. Adonis Thomas won't be LeSean McCoy....immediately. However, I believe that with some good coaching, some time in the weight room, and experience, he can be one. In fact, he even resembles a young Ladainian Tomlinson. We definitely shouldn't go and draft this guy in the third round, but if he is there in the 6th or 7th rounds, or even undrafted free agency, I say go for it. He looks like, one day, he may be well worth the pickup.