May 1st, 2011
by bearsbacker

The Bears added a linebacker to the mix with their last pick at No. 195. His name is J.T. Thomas out of West Virginia. Thomas stands at 6’1″ and weighs about 225 lbs. He is a little undersized for a typical NFL linebacker.

Thomas played weakside linebacker, starting in 39 games there at WVU. He made 73 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles last season. He made honors in the First-Team All-Big East as well.

Thomas has gone through some serious injuries in his time at WVU. Two games into his true freshman year, Thomas suffered an ankle sprain that earned him a medical redshirt. Then during a summer camp before his final year he had a minor neck ailment.

Thomas has been known to never give up on a play, have a high-motor and to fly around the field. Sounds like a guy the Bears would love to add to the mix. For now he will likely contribute on special teams, but Thomas could be a starter down the road. Thomas will have to make a splash on special teams to even make the team, but since he can play all three linebacker positions that could give him a better shot.

Thomas says that Bears fifth-round pick from last season Joshua Moore is one of his “best high-school friends.”

“He told me that if you love football, you’ll love playing for the Bears,” Thomas said. “He said that there was a reason why the Bears were always one of the best defenses in the league. It will be very fun.”

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