Texans Draft: Pick No. 108 (Round 4): Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan
Ambry Thomas of Michigan, a 6’0,182-pound cornerback, is another player who opted out this past season, but his final collegiate season was solid.
Nick Falato of Giants Country wrote the following on Thomas in a draft profile:
"“He possesses enough burst and change of direction to play in the NFL, but it doesn’t stand out as difference-making… He predominantly played boundary cornerback, but he has experience playing safety and in the slot, so he is versatile.”"
This is the exact type of player the Houston Texans need on their defense as he can play cornerback and safety, and if you remember this past season, the Texans had issues with overall play and injuries at the positions in 2020.
In 2019 at Michigan, while playing in the Big Ten, Thomas totaled 38 tackles, but 30 were solo with two fumble recoveries, three passes defensed and three interceptions. In three seasons, he collected four interceptions and 43 solo tackles.
Some of the players in the Texans’ secondary won’t be returning in 2021 as they are free agents, and it is a sure thing new head coach David Culley and defensive coordinator Lovie Smith will want to make some changes.
Thomas is a player the Texans need because they just need versatile players to play alongside Lonnie Johnson Jr. and Justin Reid in the secondary, plus he’d have a chance to learn from Bradley Roby, which wouldn’t be such a bad thing, either.