The Indianapolis Colts have selected Yale cornerback Rodney Thomas with the 239th overall pick in the 7th round of the 2022 NFL Draft (*currently their final pick):
Welcome to Indy, @Rodney_Thomas26! pic.twitter.com/vg5K8jR7QE— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) April 30, 2022
The 6’1”, 196 pound redshirt senior cornerback (with 31 7/8” arms) was First-Team All-Ivy League in 2021, recording 50 tackles (35 solo), 2 interceptions, and 11 pass breakups during 10 starts.
Following a strong Pro Day at Yale, in which he had a 41 inch vertical, Thomas earned a RAS of 9.24 out of a maximum of 10.0. He’s the finishing touch on an uber-athletic Colts’ 2022 draft class collectively.
Here’s what they’re saying on Thomas:
Rodney Thomas II was a name I heard a few times these last few weeks. Talented DB with good size who can tackle. #Colts bolster their secondary.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 30, 2022
Welcome to Indianapolis, Rodney Thomas!— PFF IND Colts (@PFF_Colts) April 30, 2022
Last season Thomas had a career best 81.4 run defense grade pic.twitter.com/4bQPIO4eTf
Interception No. 2⃣ on the day for Rodney Thomas II#ThisIsYale | #Team148 pic.twitter.com/9Uu204A3l6— Yale Football (@yalefootball) September 25, 2021
VIDEO - Rodney Thomas II gives Yale a huge momentum boost after this INTERCEPTION on Brown's opening drive in the 1st Quarter from Saturday November 03, 2018 - Great concentration, @Rodney_Thomas26 !! pic.twitter.com/SdbNCKmKio— Tez TV (@ETezTV) November 6, 2018
INTERCEPTION.— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) November 17, 2018
Rodney Thomas II comes up with the diving grab for @Yale_Football's second takeaway of The Game. Bulldogs looking to even the score with 7:34 to play in the half. Watch live on ESPN2.
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PICK 6️⃣.— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) September 28, 2019
Junior defensive back Rodney Thomas II turns the for @YaleFootball, with a heads-up interception and 2️⃣2️⃣ yard TD return. knotted at 10-10 with @BigRed_Football, live on ESPN+.
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The Colts have lost Rock-Ya Sin, Xavier Rhodes, and T.J. Carrie so far this offseason at cornerback—but have since added Stephon Gilmore and Brandon Facyson. There appears to be at least a 53-man roster for at least one more cornerback still up for grabs.
Thomas is regarded as a solid tackler, with ball skills and acceleration, who should be able to contribute immediately on special teams. He’s a developmental cornerback, who even if he isn’t the fastest with a 4.51 forty time, he could fit what the Colts do defensively long-term in zone coverage—and with his willingness in run support.