The Rams lost linebackers London Fletcher and Mark Fields and signed Jamie Duncan this offseason. The addition of Thomas gives the Rams a quality backup behind behind Duncan and outside linebackers Tommy Polley and Don Davis.
The Defensive Player of the Year in the Pac-10 Conference, Thomas makes plays sideline to sideline, but at 6-0 and 233 pounds is a bit undersized. Thomas played the middle in a 4-3 in college, but may be too small to play there in the NFL.
Thomas had 111 tackles, including 26 for losses, and had 6 1/2 sacks last season, showing great timing on blitzes. He played with a stress fracture in his left foot as a junior and had 80 tackles and caused six fumbles.
His older brother, Stan, was an offensive tackle and a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 1991.