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Full Name: Adalius Donquail Thomas Primary Position: DE
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/270 College: University of Southern Mississippi
Birthdate: August 18, 1977 High School: Central Coosa (Equality, AL)
Birthplace: Equality, Alabama
Pro Experience: 7 years


Biography

Adalius Donquail Thomas (born July 18, 1977) is a linebacker for the New England Patriots franchise in the National Football League.

College career

Adalius Thomas attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a prolific defensive player. In college he wore #97. In the 1998-99 season, Thomas was a First Team All-American and tied for Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas was also the MVP of the 1999 Liberty Bowl. The 2000 Senior Bowl was Thomas's final college game. Thomas has emerged as one of the best linebackers in the league.

Professional career

Adalius Thomas was a sixth round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 (pick 186). Competing with Peter Boulware and Michael McCrary for playing time, Thomas made only 89 tackles in his first three years. In 2003, Thomas was recognized for his special teams play and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. That year, he registered 34 tackles (23 of them on special teams) 8 passes defended, 4 sacks and a forced fumble.

Thomas was a backup linebacker until 2004, when he was finally began to shine. That year he amassed 72 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 5 passes defended, an interception and 8 sacks. In 2005, Thomas enjoyed his finest year to date. With Boulware relegated to situational pass-rush duty, Thomas was named the starting left outside linebacker, where he accumulated 84 total tackles and 9 sacks. In the absence of Ray Lewis, Thomas stepped up as the leader of the Ravens Squad, becoming the first ever player to play 5 defensive positions (DE, OLB, MLB, Safety, and CB) in one game (a feat he recorded three times).Despite leading the league in defensive touchdowns (3), Thomas was not voted to the Pro Bowl in 2005.

Thomas finally got recognition in 2006, where he helped a Ravens defense that was ranked #1 overall, and finished 13-3 getting the #2 seed in the playoffs (ultimately losing to the Colts). He also earned his 2nd Pro Bowl bid to the 2007 Pro Bowl. In the game he returned a Marc Bulger fumble for a touchdown.

On March 2, 2007, Adalius Thomas signed a 5 year contract worth $35 million, including $20 million in guaranteed money. He joins a talented New England linebacking core that features Rosevelt Colvin on the outside, along with Mike Vrabel and Tedy Bruschi on the inside.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Sack/Safety Stats

year team league games SK SFY
2000 BAL NFL 3 0 0
2001 BAL NFL 16 3.5 0
2002 BAL NFL 16 3 0
2003 BAL NFL 13 4 0
2004 BAL NFL 16 8 0
2005 BAL NFL 16 9 0
2006 BAL NFL 16 11 1
7 year NFL career 96 38.5 1

Interception Stats

year team league games INT YDS LNG TD
2000 BAL NFL 3 0 0 0 0
2001 BAL NFL 16 0 0 0 0
2002 BAL NFL 16 2 57 32 1
2003 BAL NFL 13 0 0 0 0
2004 BAL NFL 16 1 8 8 0
2005 BAL NFL 16 2 48 28t 1
2006 BAL NFL 16 1 7 7 0
7 year NFL career 96 6 120 0 2

Kick Return Stats

year team league games RET YDS AVG LNG TD
2000 BAL NFL 3 0 0 0 0 0
2001 BAL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
2002 BAL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
2003 BAL NFL 13 1 21 21 21 0
2004 BAL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
2005 BAL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
2006 BAL NFL 16 0 0 0 0 0
7 year NFL career 96 1 21 21 0 0

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