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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 CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

What so many people are missing on these boards, is that the career of the NFL backup quarterback is probably the best job on the planet.  You make between 500k - 2 million...You are rarely called on to play in games, and when you do, the general consensus is your team is going to lose. 

It's sad that you'd take pride in settling for seconds in life. You appear to think this comes from a position of being smart, I think it shows you as spineless, weak, and speaks volumes to your character...no offense, just my opinion.

I sincerely do appreciate the learning tool you've given me, which will demonstrate to my two young boys how not to act when attempting to achieve their goals.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:56 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

JDR13: nolongerafan's points establish why the potential reward is worth the risk Thomas is taking. No risk=No possible reward.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

What so many people are missing on these boards, is that the career of the NFL backup quarterback is probably the best job on the planet.  You make between 500k - 2 million...You are rarely called on to play in games, and when you do, the general consensus is your team is going to lose. 

So in reality your career will look like this:
*Never really getting hit in the NFL
*Getting paid more than 10x your college degree type job
*No pressure to win, no media annoyance
*all the perks of being a pro; ladies, parties, vip treatment
*ending a career with a healthy body
*enjoying the preks of winning big games without ever taking the field
*being primed for a second career in coaching or announcing
*If you number does get called, and you win a big game or two, you get the "Rudy" treatment, and a big raise.



All of that is based on the assumption that he makes a roster as a backup, and that looks like a longshot for him.   



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Excellent analysis, and Thomas understands all that you are relating.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

What so many people are missing on these boards, is that the career of the NFL backup quarterback is probably the best job on the planet.  You make between 500k - 2 million...You are rarely called on to play in games, and when you do, the general consensus is your team is going to lose.  

So in reality your career will look like this:
*Never really getting hit in the NFL
*Getting paid more than 10x your college degree type job
*No pressure to win, no media annoyance
*all the perks of being a pro; ladies, parties, vip treatment
*ending a career with a healthy body
*enjoying the preks of winning big games without ever taking the field
*being primed for a second career in coaching or announcing 
*If you number does get called, and you win a big game or two, you get the "Rudy" treatment, and a big raise.  



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Thomas is not ready for NFL Prime Time. Oregon's offensive scheme does not prepare QB's for NFL play so I don't believe a fourth year at Oregon would improve Thomas' chances in the NFL. Thomas does, however, have some factors working for him. He is a great athlete with a strong arm and good throwing motion. Thomas' release is superior to Tim Tebow at this juncture for both players although Tebow's leadership and grasp of football coming out of college was certainly superior to Thomas. Thomas' accuracy in college has been average with a tendency to being streaky. He has an opportunity to succeed in the NFL, but a team will have to take a chance on him as a low draft choice or free agent. He may be a perennially marginal NFL player like predecessors Joey Harrington, Kellen Clemens and Dennis Dixon or better suited to play as a safety if he fails at QB. To his credit, Thomas' insight into his circumstances is healthy and he accepts the situation he is in approaching the NFL draft. His chances to excel in the NFL are not great, but those who peremptorily write him off may prove wrong.




Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:47 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

To the guy who said the Skins should trade back to take him I sure hope you didn't mean round 1. He will be lucky to go in round 4, I sure hope he doesn't see Tebow running the option and think it's something that can catch on in the NFL.  From the 8-12 games I've seen of him the past 2 seasons I didn't think he was a NFL QB



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:41 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Kordell Stewart is gonna throw a bitch fit when he doesnt get drafted.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:49 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Yeah it’s kind of funny how that works isn’t it.  You see, if you were fortunate enough to be able to play college football somewhere, there is a little thing called getting to know people that tell you stories of the inside of a program that other people such as yourself never hear and just think that their beloved ducks are too good to be involved in such activities.  Stories from players and from previous coaches is my hearing it firsthand.  If they do not get into some kind of NCAA trouble, that itself will be a crime.  Now I know you are probably a duck fan so you will just jump all over this and point out there is no proof but I am not going to give you names of people that I have heard this from cause thats not what you do when someone tells you something they are not supposed to tell you.  So just sit back, take a second and realize…hey there are actually people out there that do have credible information that is true and stop being so ignorant as quite a few duck fans are, and have a good time on your trip to the moon later we will all enjoy you not being around for a while.




Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Oregon's Darron Thomas entering NFL Draft

Gimmick? Really.. If it was a Gimmick than it wouldn't work..  come on man'  you freaking couch coaches think you know what it freaking takes to play D-1 Ball..  Thomas is leaving because Bennett is going to take his job.  It was announced there would be an open competition next season.. Thomas's best chance to go any where is now..  While he doesn't have what it takes to be a starter in the nfl he could find himself on a roster3rd string making %450 more than you freaking couch coaches making claims!


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