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Panthers pickup former Cowboys CB Josh Thomas.

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Love his toughness and willingness to tackle in the run game.Showcases good force when asked to attack downhill, isn't afraid to create collisions on contact when taking on a lead blocker and works hard to fight his way off contact. Fights and scraps for every inch and does a nice job throwing his body around inside the box. Now, doesn't consistently break down and will get a bit out of control at times, but at least showcases the fight to help out in the run game.

Impression: A bit raw in some aspects of the game, but his balance, body control, speed, fluidity and toughness are all traits that will serve him well. I like his upside enough to consider him a potential nickel/dime guy in the NFL.

"he’s a guy who could be your nickel as a fifth- or sixth-round pick," espn analyst mel kiper jr. Said in a conference call earlier this month.

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"Just cause you got a head like bullet don't make you a big shot". He puts you in the mind of former Panther Ricky Manning, Jr., if he got beat up.

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That's not enough.

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Here's a full scouting report:

Positives: Plays with attitude. Flies to the ball and never shies away from contact. Is a willing run defender who throws his small frame at ballcarriers and can deliver a big hit. Has nice body control and can contort himself midair to make a play on the ball. Shows good balance in his stance and takes a quick first step off the ball. Uses above-average closing speed to make up for mistakes and break on the football. Does not lose acceleration when changing direction and keeps his balance when coming in and out of cuts. Is at his best in off-man coverage when he can keep the play in front of him. Jumps well and flashes the awareness to deflect passes against bigger receivers. Has started since his freshman season and has plenty of experience. Won a team award for his community service in the Buffalo area.

Negatives: Undersized and can be overwhelmed by big-bodied pass-catchers. Will take false steps when playing press coverage and tends to lunge at receivers when asked to jam. Takes lots of chances and can give up the big play while looking for an interception or monster hit. Trusts his speed too much at times and takes poor angles to the ball. Will lower his head when tackling and can miss ball-carriers entirely when looking for the big hit. Gets feet tangled up when asked to play press man coverage and can pushed around by larger receivers at the line. Does not get off blocks well. Gets caught looking into the backfield and allows craftier receivers to get behind him. Suffered a concussion as a sophomore.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1277644

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"Boy you got a head like bullet". So, he puts you in the mind of former Panther Ricky Manning, Jr., if he got beaten up.

Somebody better put this guy in check when he gets here. Just 'cause you got a head like a bullet don't make you a big shot.

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