This is the third article in our four part series previewing how the four Mountaineers drafted in last month's NFL Draft fit in with their teams. Last week we told you how Brandon Hogan and Robert Sands fits in with the Bengals and the Panthers respectively using quotes and blurbs from the local media in and around the cities of Charlotte and Cincinnati. In this preview of J.T. Thomas, I have a special guest from SB Nation's Windy City Gridiron, Lester Wiltfong, who answered a few of my questions about the Bears' selection of Thomas and how he'll fit in with the Bears.
Thomas was selected in the 6th Round, #195, by the Chicago Bears. The Bears currently only have two linebackers under contract in Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. I asked Mr. Wiltfong what the Bears organization thinks of Thomas, how he'll be used, what he needs to learn, and how he can get on the field right away.
After reading the answers to my questions, I think you'll be excited about the opportunity that Thomas has with the Bears as that organization seems to produce legendary linebackers. It seems that all four of the Mountaineers drafted will have a chance soon to be key contributors on their new team's defenses. It bodes well that the last five Mountaineers to be drafted were all on the defensive side of the ball. For a long time, WVU has been able to recruit offensive playmakers because of the regularity in which Morgantown produced NFL players. That appeals to these young high school players: the chance to be on national television and the chance at making the NFL. Under Jeff Casteel and his coaching staff, they are showing that they can do the same which could mean that it'll be easier to recruit high-level talent on that side of the ball. Many of the highest rated players in this year's recruiting class were on defense.
But I digress, let's talk Chicago Bears and J.T. Thomas with Lester Wiltfong.