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Draft Scout *Darron Thomas News
05/22/12 - QB Darron Thomas, who was at the Browns' rookie minicamp after going undrafted, was not invited back for the OTAs.
02/13/12 - One underclass quarterback who did opt for the 2012 draft, but about whom scouts concede they must conduct plenty of due diligence, is Darron Thomas of Oregon. Thomas has very good size (estimated at 6-feet-3, 215 pounds), is regarded as a real leader, and compiled a 23-3 record as a starter for the Ducks. But he primarily played in a "spread" offense, didn't always exhibit the best judgment in the passing game, and lacked some accuracy, despite a strong arm. The decisions of some other underclass prospects to remain in school, along with a lack of senior standouts at the position, could elevate Thomas, perhaps to as high as the third or fourth round. But the truth is that many scouts, while they have seen Thomas play, didn't expect him to be in the draft. Those scouts aren't exactly starting at "square one" in their evaluations of him, but want to assess him more now as an immediate prospect, not a future one. Expect much "pitching" of Thomas, too, to emanate from his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, before the draft. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
01/16/12 - Oregon coach Chip Kelly met with Darron Thomas on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to convince the quarterback to stay in school, the last of what were several attempts by the UO staff in recent days to keep Thomas in Eugene for the 2012 season, sources told The Register-Guard. Thomas announced later Saturday that he would pass up his senior season and enter April’s NFL draft. He then signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus to cement his decision to leave school. A source close to the program said some teammates were “shocked” at the decision made by Thomas, who said in a December interview that he would be returning for his third season as the Ducks’ starting quarterback in 2012. Bob Jones, who coached Thomas at Aldine High School in Houston and remains a close confidant, said Thomas changed his mind in part after looking at the other second-tier quarterbacks available in the NFL draft, against whom Thomas believes he stacks up well. At best, draft analysts project Thomas as a fifth-round selection. Some say he might not be drafted at all, but Jones said that didn’t deter Thomas, who was 23-3 as Oregon’s starting quarterback and threw a school-record 66 touchdown passes in 31 games. - Adam Jude, The Register-Guard
01/14/12 - Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas says he’s skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Thomas made the announcement Saturday night. He follows Oregon running back LaMichael James, who announced last week that he would also skip his final year of eligibility. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior passed for 2,761 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns this past season. He threw only seven interceptions. He had 66 touchdown passes in 31 games with the Ducks. - AP Sports
01/02/12 - Scouting the Oregon passing game: Oregon's running game has been so good that the Ducks have not needed to throw as much as most teams as Oregon ranks 10th in the conference with 219.5 passing yards per game. Quarterback Darron Thomas has been effective when he throws, completing 61.4 percent of his passes. He has 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. - The Sports Xchange