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The New Orleans Saints had one of the steals of the 2010 draft in tight end Jimmy Graham, a four-year basketball player for the Miami Hurricanes who stayed on campus to play one year of football. Thomas is looking to take the same route to the NFL after walking onto the football team last spring after playing four years of basketball at Portland State.
Also like Graham, Thomas had very little football experience even in high school, playing just one season before focusing on basketball.
However, at 6-feet-5 and 251 pounds, Thomas has the size and athleticism to warrant a mid-round flier in hopes of uncovering another Graham. The NFL is chock full of former hoops stars who have excelled at tight end, including perennial Pro Bowlers Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.
Thomas impressed at the East-West Shrine Game and has the size and length to threaten the seam.
Thomas, a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection in 2010, had 29 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns in 2010. It was his first year of collegiate football after playing four seasons for the Portland State basketball team.
Familiar to Viking fans for a different reason - he starred on the Viking basketball team for four seasons... set school records for career games played (121), career wins (78), career field goals percentage (.663)... also participated on two Big Sky Champion teams and two NCAA Tournaments (2008 and 2009)... twice named to the Big Sky All-Tournament team... made game-winning dunk with 3.5 seconds left to play in beating Montana State for the 2009 Big Sky Tournament Championship... averaged 10.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and and shot a school-record .671 from the field as a senior.
Son of Greg and Toria Thomas... born June 27, 1988... brothers are Trenton and Marcus... earned his degree in Business Administration, will graduate this spring... hobbies are hanging out with friends, reading and basketball.
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12/03/13 - TE Julius Thomas was inactive on Sunday with a knee injury, missing a second consecutive game after being hurt against Kansas City in Week 11. Thomas practiced on a limited basis all last week.
11/26/13 - TE Julius Thomas was inactive on Sunday with a knee injury, but coach Jack Del Rio expects him to play at Kansas City. The Broncos opted for caution regarding Thomas, and had the luxury of experienced backups in Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen.
11/21/13 - TE Julius Thomas missed Wednesday's practice because of a knee sprain. He suffered the injury in the second half Sunday and is considered day-to-day. It is his second injury in three games; he hurt his ankle against Washington in Week 8.
11/21/13 - -- TE Julius Thomas saw limited work Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice because of a knee sprain. He suffered the injury in the second half Sunday and is considered day-to-day. It is his second injury in three games; he hurt his ankle against Washington in Week 8.
11/18/13 - TE Julius Thomas left late in the game with a knee sprain and is considered day-to-day. It is his second injury in three games; he hurt his ankle against Washington in Week 8. Thomas caught a touchdown pass Sunday to tie Shannon Sharpe for the Broncos' single-season record for touchdown catches by a tight end with 10.
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