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2024 Dallas Cowboys Draft Guide | Cornerbacks

2024 Dallas Cowboys Draft Guide | Cornerbacks

DE: Xavier Thomas | Clemson

Defensive End
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  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 244
  • School: Clemson
  • Class: Senior
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Dallas always seems to find a crafty, speedy pass rusher, and Thomas’ 4.67 40-yard dash paired with his elite intelligence off the edge fits that mold. He’s quick off the line, brings a high motor that carries for four quarters and holds offenses accountable with any attempted misdirection. The lack of average size at 6-foot-2, 244 pounds keeps his power limited against taller and stronger offensive tackles, as he relies too heavily on his speed and quick twitch to win. When tackles aren’t fooled by his rush moves, he can be taken out of a game.

OVERVIEW: A consensus top-five player in the country out of the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, in the class of 2018, Thomas enters the draft as one of the most-experienced defenders with five years under Dabo Swinney at Clemson. In 61 games, he racked up 121 tackles, including 34 for loss and 17.5 sacks. Twice named to the third-team All-ACC, Thomas never quite lived up to his elite recruiting ranking, but he was a mainstay in the backfield for a Clemson defense that has become one of the nation's best year after year.

COMPARISON: Yannick Ngakoue