Ravens ‘ideal’ Senior Bowl prospect is the versatile Cameron Thomas
As the Baltimore Ravens continue to scour this year’s Senior Bowl for gems, one particular pass-rusher may catch their eye.
San Diego State’s Cameron Thomas can play both as a defensive end or outside linebacker, making him especially valuable to teams needy in both of those areas.
The Ravens could use Thomas’ tweener qualities in 2022 when they will look to revamp their defensive line under new defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald as well as upgrade their pass-rushing unit.
FanSided’s Sayre Bedinger listed every NFL team’s ideal Senior Bowl prospect, and for the Ravens, that player was Cameron Thomas.
"“The Ravens also seem to do a great job of maximizing the talent of their rookies year in and year out, which leads me to believe a player like Cameron Thomas could thrive in their program, even if Wink Martindale is no longer calling the plays defensively.”"
If picked by the Ravens, Thomas would likely play a hybrid role as a defensive end and outside linebacker, helping in both pass protection and defending the run.
The Ravens can pad defensive front with Senior Bowl prospect Cameron Thomas
Last season, Thomas recorded 20.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks for San Diego State and has been dubbed “the Aidan Hutchinson of the Mountain West,” even earning comparisons to J.J. Watt.
Pro Football Network’s Scouting Report highlighted his skills as a pass-rusher, including “a potent bull rush, a swim move that could carry him across an ocean in a hurry, and double swipe and rip moves.”
Thomas would probably fall around early Round 2 of the draft and could turn into a very valuable player in Baltimore’s defense with the right guidance.
The Ravens have Tyus Bowser and Odafe Oweh, among others, in the outside linebacker unit for next season, and it could be interesting to see how Thomas fits into that group.
No matter how well Thomas performs in the Senior Bowl, Ravens coaches will do their due research on the prospect before making a decision in April.