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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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12/12/16 - TE Julius Thomas who was about to miss his third consecutive game with a back injury, was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday. Thomas played in nine games this year and finished with 30 catches for 283 yards and four touchdowns.
12/08/16 - TE Julius Thomas missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday due to a back injury. Thomas sat out the Denver game, but said he hopes to play this Sunday against Minnesota.
12/07/16 - TE Julius Thomas, who was held out of last week's game against Denver, did not practice on Wednesday.
12/05/16 - TE Julius Thomas (back) did not play against his former team. Signed away from the Broncos prior to last season, Thomas was out for the second consecutive week and missed his third game of the season. He has 30 catches for 281 yards and four touchdowns this season.
12/02/16 - TE Julius Thomas (back) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Broncos and is likely to miss his second straight game.
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