Quiet demeanor. Always smiling. Gentle giant.
Not exactly words that come to mind when describing a person who makes his living in NFL trenches.
Then again, those descriptions arent why the Miami Dolphins selected Dallas Thomas in the third round of last month's NFL Draft.
General manager Jeff Ireland focused on other Thomas characteristics: athletic, hardworking, eager to learn.
Thomas, taken with the 77th overall pick, has an opportunity to impact Miami right away. The 6-foot-5, 306-pound Baton Rouge, La., native played both guard and tackle at Tennessee, and the Dolphins need offensive line help.
I fully expect him to be in there and playing, said former NFL lineman Antone Davis, football coordinator for Tennessees Vol For Life program. Obviously, a lot depends on how he comes back from the injury, but I expect him to be in there and starting."
The injury Davis mentioned is a torn labrum that he suffered during Senior Bowl practice in January. Thomas attended the NFL Combin...