WILMINGTON, Ohio -- Rookie cornerback Sean Thomas might be the big-play defensive player the Cincinnati Bengals are looking for.
Thomas, out of Texas Christian University, was the Bengals' third round draft choice.
Last year he intercepted eight passes, led TCU in forced fumbles and was most valuable defensive player in the Senior Bowl.
'You have to make the big play when opportunity knocks because it doesn't come knocking that often,' Thomas said.
The Bengals were probably thinking along those same lines when they drafted Thomas, since Coach Sam Wyche complained last year of the need for more game-breaking plays from his defense.
So in addition to taking Thomas, the Bengals selected cornerbacks with their next two picks. In the fourth round, they took Anthony Tuggle, who has been moved to safety, and in the fifth, they selected Lee Davis.
Part of the reason Thomas' stock improved and he was selected ahead of Tuggle and Davis is his physique.
'A lot of people tell me I look like I weigh more than I really do,' said Thomas, who appears to go about 210 but actually weighs only 190. 'I like to think it's because I'm solid -- not much fat.'
Thomas has the strength and speed to go along with his size. In his two years with the Horned Frogs, he blitzed his way to 10 quarterback sacks, a figure that helped sell the Bengals on his ability to come up with the big play.