Donald Thomas proved that he deserved a starting job in 2013 after playing very well for the Patriots in 7 spot starts in 2012. Despite his limited playing time, he still finished the year as ProFootballFocus’ 17th rated guard. He was a better run blocker than pass protector, but allowed just 1 sack, 2 hits, and 9 hurries, while committing just 3 penalties and he has the versatility to play both guard spots.
The Patriots weren’t going to give him a starting job, but credit the Colts for snatching him up and paying him like a low end starter when he could easily end up being a high end starter if he plays like he did last year. It’s a risk because he’s so inexperienced, but they didn’t give him a lot of money. He was given just 14 million over 4 years and he’ll help out what was the worst offensive line in the league last year in terms of pass block efficiency.