Darron Thomas is going pro. Oregon’s starting quarterback has hired an agent and will forgo his fifth season to enter the NFL Draft. He was 23-3 as a starter the past two years, leading the Ducks to two Pac 12 titles, a Rose Bowl win and an appearance in the BCS Title Game.
For Thomas: It’s an understandable personal decision. He has been there four years. He has a degree. Professionally, it’s bizarre. It’s not certain Thomas will even be drafted. NFL Draft Scout had him ranked as the No. 12 quarterback in 2013. At 6’3” 215, he’s bigger than guys like Russell Wilson, Kellen Moore and Case Keenum who should be late round picks. It’s possible the spandex-clad meat parade could improve his prospects. Though, that should be tempered by analysis of his accuracy and throwing mechanics.
For Oregon: This probably makes USC the Pac 12 favorite. We gave the Trojans a slight edge anyway as they’ll play the decisive game at home. Though, Thomas’ backup Bryan Bennett is faster, has a better arm and showed flashes last season. He has the potential to be a leap forward. He may not be a drastic step backward next season.
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