Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas continues to be plagued by a hamstring pull and has informed teams that he will not be running at his university's Pro Day workout, according to multiple NFL sources.
The 6-0, 230 pound Thomas is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 rated running backs for the 2011 draft. His size, strength, lateral agility and vision are impressive -- especially considering the fact that he's only played the position for two seasons.
Thomas, who played quarterback at Northwest Mississippi Community College, signed with Kansas State largely because they promised to let him play running back, rather than switch him to defense as most teams wanted to do.
He was an immediate star for the Wildcats, earning the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year with a conference-leading 1,265 rushing yards, including 11 scores. Thomas was even better as a senior, rushing for 1,585 and 19 touchdowns.
Scouts are concerned about Thomas' pure speed, however, making it very important for him to run for teams prior to the draft. Thomas cited left hamstring tightness as the reason why he wasn't able to work out at the Combine or participate in the Senior Bowl.
One league source, flying to Manhattan, Kansas for the workout despite getting the news, was not happy.
"[Kansas State] has some other talent there, but he's the reason I'm going. No one is expecting [Thomas] to run in the 4.4s, but you'd like to get a time on the guy. It is pretty tought to make the argument he's a second or third round guy when you can see on tape that speed is a question."
Neither source had yet been notified of a new Pro Day for Thomas.