During his time at the University of Tennessee, Thomas played both guard and tackle, starting 37 games, with 13 additional appearances. His versatility was one of his strong points for the Dolphins when the selected him. He has worked as the second string left tackle through the team's Organized Team Activities and minicamp.
The signing of Thomas leaves third overall selection Dion Jordan as the last remaining draft pick to sign. The defensive end has been unable to workout with the team throughout the offseason due to Oregon's quarter system. Under NFL rules, a rookie may not workout with a team, except during the rookie minicamp following the Draft, until their school has finished the current academic term. This week was Oregon's finals week.
Thomas comes to Miami after having his shoulder surgically repaired after Tennessee's season. After conducting rehab work on the sidelines during the team's rookie minicamp, Thomas has been cleared to practice and was on the field during OTAs and minicamp.
His deal will be a four-year contract, with around $2.75-2.8 million.