Dayne Crist hopes to become Notre Dame's next starting quarterback, replacing Jimmy Clausen, one of 53 players who declared early for the NFL draft. Mike Huguenin takes a look at the impact the college teams will feel and who could take over for the guys who left.
A king-sized wideout with impressive short-area quickness and body control for his size, Thomas knows how to go up and get the ball. He looks like a power forward when he's asked to attack the ball. He possesses both a physical element and great range when asked to catch throws away from his frame. Thomas does a decent job generating a burst out of his breaks, but he's a strider who takes a while to get downfield and lacks the type of gear to make plays. He's consistently outrun by defensive backs when the ball is in the air. Thomas uses his body well to shield the ball from defenders and has an impressive wingspan. He does a nice job staying on blocks in the run game but could be more physical on contact. He isn't a polished route runner and has little experience running anything other than the route tree at Georgia Tech. He lacks ideal straight-line speed downfield and looks like a bit of a WR/TE/HB hybrid. He has the skill set to make plays at the next level, but determining his position will be tough for NFL teams.