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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: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:28 am

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Wow, Redline...I'm sure you had all the "tools" to make the NFL, but which is probably more accurate, you are a tool (as you said, no offense). 

Nolonger...I didn't set out to offend you but apparently I did as noted above. Your original post rubbed me the wrong way, perhaps I read it wrong, and based on your second post I did. Your second post to me states your position better; different day, different mindset etc.

I was in a bit of a grumpy mood at the time as well, my humble apologies...Smile

Btw john, no more so than you Wink

Go on telling your kids that they can "Be anything they want to be,"

For the record I never said or even implied this; however, I do agree they [the kids] can be what they want to be, as long as you are up front with them injecting caveats as needed (i.e., in most cases one must have the physicality to perform said tasks, etc.).

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:35 am

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Maybe he's trying to take advantage of the Tebow hype while it's still in play.  Perhaps he could become Tim Tebow's backup.  Laughing

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:28 am

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

I wasn't cutting USC, I respect them too much to cut their program, merely stating that we give everyone trophies nowadays, and that we should give USC a Pac-12 South Trophy, but we wont because they are on probation.  That other USC fan who is going to raise his kids to "seek their dreams, and never accept anything other than the best" BS.  

Reality is, USC was on probation, so they don't get any trophies. 
Reality is, Darren Thomas is a second day, 6th/7th round gamble by any team.
Reality is, He will be lucky to start ten games in his career.
Reality is, Being an NFL backup quarterback is a fabulous career and life. Probably the best thing anyone of us could ever do.   

Lastly, I still think next year we are still going to be undefeated when we come down to the Coliseum...and it might determine who goes to the Rose Bowl and who goes to Miami.  Hopefully, the stupid new CCG doesn't mess all that up.   

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:06 am

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Agreed vegasrugger. Odd timing and clearly a bad move. This guy is no Dennis Dixon...who was a 5th round pick.  There's probably more info that we don't know.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:28 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

I actually like your post for the most part. Not really sure what you mean with the whole giving the Trojans a trophy  part. The only thing about that whole sanction thing that sucks is the guys or guy in this case doesnt get any sort of punishment but the people still at the school had to pay, some had to pay the possibility of losing a potential NFL career. I play Semi Pro football now and at one point think i I might have had the smallest sliver of a chance at a practice squad. I really dont think i ever had a good or even decent shot to play in the NFL. Now if I were in the shoes of Thomas i would play whatever position i could get drafted or signed for. If they want me to punt then im a punter. He has good career stats but in no way does he have enough leverage to dictate the position. He should really talk to guys like Josh Cribbs, Randel El, and Banks.... all college Qb's who play other positions now. I just dont see him ever being capable of leading an NFL team or worth the time and or money to be a project. Guys like Colt Brennan, Jimmy clausen, and many others who will end up being depth chart guys their entire career will always be above someone like thomas. I was hoping he would be there when the Ducks Battle the Trojans next season but looks like it wont happen. I just hope he didnt just make a mistake.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:03 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Not sure if it has been said already but I think there is a more underlying reason for him to leave early.  Either his grades are so bad he'd in danger of failing out or he got in trouble recently and would likely be suspended before the season started.  I mean, why is this such a sudden decision?  Something's up...

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:35 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Thank you John, that is what I was trying to say.  

Maybe some day Thomas will be a starter and excel, but it won't be next year.  If he does, I will gladly root him on, just as I will if he is a career backup.   

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:15 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

The consensus of comments appears to be that Thomas either won't make it as a pro or will be a backup. Even being an NFL backup QB is an outstanding job and no one on this site assuggests that Thomas aspires to be less than the best he can achieve. He's a competitive man and will give it his best.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:47 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Wow, Redline...I'm sure you had all the "tools" to make the NFL, but which is probably more accurate, you are a tool (as you said, no offense).  

Some guys just don't have the "tools" to be NFL material.  I wish I could throw a tight spiral further than 40 yards, but alas, that was all the God lord gave me, even with strength training, and studying technique, etc.  So, I guess my quarterbacking years are regulated to sub-par, and I didn't sniff the college game...but still enjoy throwing the ball around the yard.  If, for some reason, somebody thought that I had the skills to play third string for an Arena League, or whatever...I would jump at the chance.  

As for Darren Thomas, I don't know if one more year would've made him a better "NFL" caliber quarterback.  As many other Duck fans have pointed out...his accuracy sometimes is spot on, and other times he misses by ten yards over the head.  He is somewhat agile, mobile, and his arm strength is amazing.  He has some of the "tools" of an NFL quarterback, and lacks some of them to be a first day draftee.  

That being said, if he wants to go pro (as much as it pains me as a Duck fan) and be a "project" of "career backup" and make a living that will equate to millions by the time he is retired, then good for him.  

Go on telling your kids that they can "Be anything they want to be,"  they will be no better than the silly students who tell me they are going to play in the NBA because they can make a reverse lay-up, or get into the NAVY seals because they are good at Call of Duty.  Lets give them all ribbons, just like we should give your USC trojans a trophy for not being allowed to play (but being good).  

Nowhere in my post did I say that someone with all the "tools" should aspire to mediocrity.  There are only so many Andrew Lucks out there, who SHOULD start every game until he retires.  Most guys picked on the second day of the draft will rarely ever see playing time...not cause they lack drive or will, but because they lack talent or the tools.  But good for them for getting paid, and doing everything the team asks them to do...including being inserted into a game with almost no time.    

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:00 pm

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Redlineltd: Whooooooaaaaa, are you important!!!!!

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