According to the Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts are among the NFL teams that Ball State linebacker Jaylin Thomas has a private workout with:
“Thomas has private workouts with the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Miami Dolphins, according to a league source,” Wilson writes. “The Houston Texans have also expressed interest in Thomas, per a source.”
The 6’0”, 231 pound senior inside linebacker (with 32 5/8” arms) recorded 112 tackles (56 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, and 3 passes defensed during 13 starts in 2021 for the Cardinals—as he earned All-MAC Second-Team honors (as a 3x All-MAC team member):
Thomas ran a 4.79 forty time at Ball State’s recent Pro Day and is considered an athletic linebacker. He’s undersized but with speed and has a knack for finding the football and making tackles—as he had the 5th most tackles in the MAC in 2021.
While the Colts did re-sign Zaire Franklin earlier this offseason, backup linebacker Matthew Adams remains a free agent, so the team could be looking to replenish its positional depth.
Thomas looks like a ‘Day 3’ or priority UDFA signing, who was highly productive, with some physical tools to work with at the next level.