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Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

College football underclassmen have until January 15th to declare themselves eligible for the draft, and we have a rather surprising declaration with only a few hours to go before that deadline hits. Oregon announced on Saturday night that quarterback Darron Thomas has decided to forego his senior season in Eugene and will instead enter the NFL Draft.

“I came to this decision on behalf of myself and my family,” Thomas said in the official release. “I have a dream of playing in the NFL and I’m going to pursue those dreams.

“I would like to thank everyone in Oregon for all their support and I would thank the coaches for all their help, especially Coach (Chip) Kelly. I love my teammates and wish them the best of luck, and am confident they will continue the winning tradition that has been established. Last but not least, I thank all the Oregon fans for their help and support.”

It's a move that was so unexpected that Thomas isn't even listed among's position rankings at quarterback. Which makes it hard to predict where Thomas would go in the draft, if at all.

Thomas threw for 5,910 yards and 66 touchdowns during his career with the Ducks, all while completing 61.2% of his passes.

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Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:33 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

redline: Thanks, will do and have a great week!

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:41 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Redlineltd, no problem.  I'm not a teenager, I have been wrong before, and will be wrong again, although I haven't been called a weakling since 5th grade, so that was kind of funny to see in print.  There are days I wake up in such incredible back pain, I wish I was spineless, but for the most part I agree with what both you and USC fight on are saying about how we teach our children.  However, there was such a push for "self-esteem" in the classroom when many of us went to schools in the the 80s, 90s, and 00s, that there is a dilusion that we are all "perfect" at something, that it really has been counter-productive.  Many of these athletes were the Zach Morrises of their high schools...and because they were "winners" at sports, they were told by thousands of cling-ons and well-wishers that they could do no wrong, that the NFL or NBA or MLB will be beating down their doors with offers and women and ESPN will be calling all day long for a special interview.  

The reality is, less than 1 out of 50 high school football players or basketball players will ever play college ball.  Of the ones that do, only 1.5% will ever make a pro team (in some capacity, including practice squad).  But I don't know now many times a kid will come up to me and say, I don't care about Algebra or English, I'm going to play in the NBA or NFL...And I have to look at them and say, "kid, you either need to put in ten thousand more hours in the gym/field/weight room, or grow eight inches, or suddenly gain talent you don't possess, because there is almost no chance you will ever get that far...especially if you fail Algebra or English.  

Congratulations to Darren Thomas for beating the statistical odds.  I hope he does well (and I don't think he is failing any classes, as most say he is going to graduate this year).  Congratulations to USC as they have put a number of intelligent and quality athletes into the pro ranks, with the exception of maybe OJ Mayo (Reggie Bush still pending).  I wish you both luck in raising your children to not be spineless and weak, and also find a healthy balance between seeking their dreams and being honest with expectations.  The world could use a lot less athletes, and a lot better parents.   

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:51 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Maybe Denver can sign him to be Tebow's backup.  That way, they can run the same offense and Thomas can get some snaps and add more speed to the position.  If Denver is really going to stick with Tebow, then they should have backups that can run the same offense.  This may actually work. 

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:36 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

I see where you are coming from and thanks for explaining your position on USC. Its nice to see that some of you Duck fans deal in reality and are not just talking because you are blinded out of your love for the program.

I think Darron Thomas will be lucky to hear his name called in the draft but doubt that it will happen for him especially at QB. This year has way too many QBs that are above him such as

Andrew Luck       Stanford
Ryan TannehillTexas A&M
Nick FolesArizona
Kirk CousinsMich St
Russel wilsonWisconsin
Case KeenumHouston
Kellen MooreBoise St
Branden WeedenOk St

That is some tough company to compete against. Not to say he cant do it but hell need to impress someone in a small amount of time. What he will need to do is have amazing Pro Days and if he gets to go to the combine hell need to impress then also. I hope that his career continues be it in the NFL or in some other league. I also hope that he didnt make this decision to avoid punishment for anything including grades. If he wasnt getting it done in the classroom then he needs to man up and get it done, prove his true leadership and maturity and show that he made a mistake and fixed it. A lot of people looked up to him.

As for the comment with the seeking dreams, to a point i will do the same to my kids but it will be that if they want to achieve their dreams understand that the best road is not the only road they can or will have to take. My son is 8 and has shown incredible interest in playing football. I will teach him all i know and give him all the recources i can. He will have to understand that he may not be recruited by the big time schools and may have to go to a smaller school. He may not get a scholarship either and may have to walk on (like Clay Mathews did at SC) to make a team. I will tell my kids seek their dreams and never accept failure in their pursuit to their goal. You can accept less than the best but youll have to make the best out of it is all.

Since: May 25, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:22 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Wow, good luck DT. But I've got to admit that this scares me.

DT isn't a prototypical pro QB and I don't think he's gonna be able to play QB in the pros (he would clearly not be a high draft pick, I'm guessing fifth or sixth round, if at all).

Not to start rumors (and possibly this has been covered already in this thread) but this makes me wonder if there is something he knows about the school possibly going on probation. Maybe there's more to the Will Lyles thing and its about ready to blow up in their faces.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:29 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

QB's that run the spread in college will never make it in the NFL as a QB (my opinion).  It worked for Tebow for a few games, but the defense in the NFL is too big and too fast for a QB to get the edge.  I am a Michigan fan and Denard will not be in the NFL as a QB (unless he drastically changes his mechanics and mindset).  There are a lot of colleges running the spread so the QB posisiton is thinning out.  It's all about speed in NCAA but in the NFL, they are ALL fast.  Darron needs to stay and hone his skills as a passer before he makes the jump.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:23 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Condescenscion triggered an apology.

Dude, that's why I put in the Wink.....

Corner turned. Next time give the courtesy of a pm before you call out a fellow SC fan, fair? A number of us do it all the time if one of us disagrees.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:19 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

What are you talking about john? I was never aware one could "erase" a post, and I certainly do not see anything you've erased.

Furthermore, I'm comfortable with my posts and see no need to erase anything, and I certainly am not worried that my manhood will be in jeopardy if I don't follow your alleged lead, which incidentally is coming across as nonsensical.

If you feel the need to discuss something with me privately you're welcome to pm me without fear of me belittling said post in the public forum. Short of that I have nothing more to say.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:17 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

rredline: Condescenscion triggered an apology. I tried to delete my last reply but could not.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:14 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

I tried to delete my last reply to put an end to this but could not. Peace.

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