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Drake Thomas Discusses His Pro Day, NFL Future

March 29, 2023

NC State linebacker Drake Thomas met with the media following his workout at the Wolfpack's 2023 NFL Pro Day.

NOTE: Click the video above to watch the interview. Below is a collection of quotes from Thomas.

“I jumped 36.5, I know that for sure. I hit 18 bench reps. I was hoping to hit a little more, but I’m not making any excuses, it is what it is.”

“I heard anywhere from a high 4.5 to low 4.6 in the 40s. That’s the range I heard. I don’t know what they are going to come out with for the official but that’s the range... high 4.5, low 4.6.”

“None of them are PRs, but I set a range for myself going into this and I definitely hit in those ballpark ranges, areas I needed to be.”

“We’ve literally been through everything together. We grew up together and every step of the way my brother has been there for me... it’s a blessing for sure.”

“I didn’t think there was really anything left for me to prove in college football.  Back-to-back All-ACC, I put together two very productive seasons... at the end of last season I sat down and prayed on it, talked with God on it.  Where I’m at right now is exactly where God wants me to be... I have faith in him guiding me along this process.”

“[Height has] never stopped my from making plays before. I’ve rised to every single level.  People telling me I can’t, trying to put limits or barriers on what I can do, based on how tall I am, but I continue to make plays and prove people wrong every single year.”

“In college I got better every single year.”

“Yeah, I’ve talked to multiple NFL teams. I was at the East-West Game and there were probably 20-plus teams there.”

“At the end of the day, when I didn’t initially get the invite it stung a little bit but I had to re-think of why I am, where I am. It goes back to my faith and God having me exactly where I need to be.”

“Getting to meet the other linebackers in this draft class was a great experience.”

“They told me I was explosive, fast, diagnose well... all the things I feel like most already know about me.”

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