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04/29/13 - New Orleans Saints Announce 2013 Rookie Free Agent Class...Chase Thomas - Linebacker, Stanford (6-3, 241): Thomas appeared in 52 games with 47 starts at both defensive end and outside linebacker at Stanford, finishing with 229 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 50.5 stops for a loss, two interceptions, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. An All-Pac 12 Conference first-team choice as a senior by league coaches and media, the Marietta, Ga. native finished second on the team with 71 tackles, tied for second with 14.5 stops for a loss and filled up the stat sheet with 7.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. - NewOrleansSaints.com
03/28/13 - 2013 Stanford Pro Day: Chase Thomas, LB (6-3 1/8, 243) - Thomas ran the 40 in 4.80 and 4.85 seconds, did 21 lifts on the bench, and stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Thomas moves well, but lacks the all-out great speed required at linebacker. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
02/27/13 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 5. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford...In racking up 50.5 tackles for loss over his career, Thomas established himself as an instinctive, productive player for the Cardinal. Critics, however, questioned whether he was a product of Stanford's scheme, a stigma Thomas failed to overcome in Indianapolis by ranking the slowest among all outside linebackers tested in the 40-yard dash at 4.91 seconds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: A versatile pass rusher, Stanford's Chase Thomas isn't the most fluid athlete, but he uses his read/react skills and nonstop motor to quickly recognize the action and attack with controlled aggression. He can be tough to block with his relentless attitude, but he doesn't stand out as quick-twitch or overly explosive as an athlete and could help himself in Indianapolis with positive times in the agility drills. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/23/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl: Although former Stanford defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has moved on to the NFL, he remains in close contact with many of his former Cardinal players. Fangio, the second-year 49ers' defensive coordinator, has helped prepare a number of the Stanford defenders for the NFL by sending them film on the 49ers' suffocating defense. For former Stanford LB Chase Thomas, the cut-ups on Aldon Smith have provided him with a way to hone his pass-rushing skills. He does a little stutter, he'll go straight into a bull rush and then he'll go inside, Thomas said. It's kind of a three-way move he has going on.
In 2012, Thomas was one of just two defensive players in the Pac-12 to earn first team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. Thomas (6-foot-3, 241 pounds) tied Ben Gardner for a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss and also tied Gardner for second in sacks with 7.5.
At this week's Senior Bowl, Thomas has drawn interest from 3-4 teams as an outside linebacker and 4-3 teams as a defensive end. The Texans and Chiefs are among the 3-4 teams Thomas has met with this week. He's also had brief meetings with 4-3 teams, including the Cowboys, Dolphins, Jaguars, Falcons and Bucs. The Cowboys are planning to switch to a 4-3 after the hiring of Monte Kiffin.
A lot of them talk about how I can play strongside linebacker and play over the tight end, which is pretty much the same thing I did at Stanford, Thomas said. Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who is coaching the South team, has been impressed with Thomas' play. He's very smart, Schwartz said. He's shown good football sense on the field. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
01/23/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tuesday: Speaking of looking the part, no linebacker was as physically imposing as Chase Thomas (6-foot-3 1/8, 241 pounds). The outside linebacker practiced and played with a lot of effort, throwing around fellow linebackers in a tackle-shed drill, and that helped make up for a lack of burst and speed that a lot of high-profile outside linebackers tend to have. On Tuesday, Thomas was beaten a number of times on a quasi-race from a two-point stance to a tackling dummy. Ultimately, he seemed a half-step behind receivers in practice and a bit slower than his teammates in drills. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
11/30/12 - KEYS TO THE GAME: Stanford must do many of the same things it did while beating UCLA on Nov. 24. The Cardinal must control the game's tempo and the clock by churning out long drives with a consistent running game with RB Stepfan Taylor and high-percentage passes. QB Kevin Hogan's mobility will be critical, because UCLA is fifth in the nation in sacks, and Hogan will have to buy time to get off passes and avoid losses. He was sacked twice on Nov. 24, and Stanford could live with a repeat of that. If the game turns into a shootout, Stanford is in trouble, because it does not have enough offensive weapons to hang with UCLA. Defensively, the key for Stanford is to apply pressure on UCLA QB Brett Hundley.
Although Hundley is mobile, the Bruins have allowed 43 sacks, and Stanford sacked him seven times on Nov. 24. UCLA undoubtedly will make significant changes to make sure that doesn't happen again, and the Cardinal must counter those changes to apply pressure. When Hundley is harried, he can make mistakes. If he has time, he can carve up Stanford's secondary with his passing and running. UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin is ninth in the nation in rushing, averaging 125.5 yards, but Stanford's defense has done a good job of handling such runners, like it did Oregon's Kenjon Barner and Franklin in the previous meeting. - The Sports Xchange
11/29/12 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM: LB Chase Thomas, Sr., Stanford (2)...has been selected First Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. Thomas for a second straight year has earned All-Pac-12 honors by leading a Stanford defense with historic accomplishments, including leading the nation in rushing defense and recording three of the school's top 10 performances against the run in three straight weeks. Thomas ranks second on the team in tackles (4.83) while recording 12.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He has forced two fumbles and recovered another fumble for a touchdown at Notre Dame. - Stanford football
11/29/12 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY FINALIST: Chase Thomas (Stanford)...Thomas for a second straight year has earned All-Pac-12 honors by leading a Stanford defense with historic accomplishments, including leading the nation in rushing defense and recording three of the school's top 10 performances against the run in three straight weeks. Thomas ranks second on the team in tackles (4.83) while recording 12.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He has forced two fumbles and recovered another fumble for a touchdown at Notre Dame. - Stanford football
11/25/12 - OLB Chase Thomas had two tackles for loss against UCLA, giving him 12 for the season, although that is still just third best on the team behind DE Ben Gardner (14.5) and OLB Trent Murphy (16.5).