Jaylon Thomas has been an impressive starter at SMU over the past four seasons, playing all five offensive line positions including 88 snaps at center – something NFL teams highly value.
Thomas could benefit greatly from taking his game to the next level.
Early Life and Education
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Thomas lacks the ideal width or length to play offensive tackle at an NFL level and projects better as a guard, where he gained some experience during 2021. Thomas is an efficient operator who stays square to his block while switching up pass sets, though run-game situations could expose vulnerabilities due to limited use of hands/foot combinations in run plays. Surprisingly powerful for such a short player – Thomas makes for an all-around strong performer!
He’s an exemplary, steady operator who understands how to remain balanced and play within himself. His run game ability and impressive power for someone so short are hallmarks of excellence.
SMU defensive lineman John Martin played all five positions on its offensive line during his college days, from starting left tackle to taking 88 snaps at center. That experience will serve him well at a higher level; teams often value having versatility along the interior line.
Thomas measured at 6’3″, 304 pounds with 31.7-inch arms at his Pro Day. He ran a 4.93 40-yard dash time, as well as posting impressive 31-inch vertical and 9-foot broad jump numbers. Thomas is definitely one to keep an eye out for in the 2024 draft class as his interior depth could provide immediate upgrades for an NFL team.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas epitomizes what is meant by being a Swiss Army Knife or Jack of All Trades when it comes to athletes. He can play multiple positions across his offense, defense and special teams teams with equal efficacy.
His 2020 season was cut short due to injury, yet he proved his worth. Starting all nine games for the Mustangs and helping them become one of the premier teams for red zone efficiency, he earned spots on both Outland Trophy and Senior Bowl watch lists.
Jaylon also holds an impressive track record in 7v7 football with Athletes With a Purpose team, winning the 2012 IMG Midwest Elite Regional Championship. Jaylon believes traveling to South Africa was an eye-opening and life changing experience, which he is very appreciative of.
Thomas returned to SMU with an open slate, determined to complete any remaining goals as both an offensive lineman and tackle. Scouts should understand his versatility as both positions.
At 2,080 pass-blocking snaps this season, he started in all five positions and only allowed six pressures and zero quarterback hits on 2,080 snaps, placing him on both Outland Trophy and Senior Bowl watchlists while having an excellent Pro Day performance.
He possesses both height and power to play tackle, but I prefer his play at guard where his fluid operation allows him to contribute both in run and pass games while moving laterally, an essential ability for guards.
Jaylon Smith, born February 19th 1989 and currently playing offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League. Prior to that he played with Dallas Cowboys.
Coronado High School of Lubbock, Texas and SMU was his choice for his football studies and college experience respectively. He became known for his aggressive play style and powerful run game.
Jaylon is an impressive blocker who keeps square to blocks and boasts surprising gravitational pull for someone his size. Additionally, he excels as a pass protector by altering his set and positioning himself to sustain.
Jaylon is a private person and has not revealed much information regarding his personal life, other than being in a longstanding relationship with Nevada Jones.