Having only gone through a walk-through, “he took 20 reps in the game, put his face in the fan, so to speak, made a tackle or two,” Savage said on ESPN’s “NFL Insiders” show. “To me, Justin is one of those guys that can develop because he’s got the physical traits to do it. If (Alabama coach Nick) Saban thought he could be a defensive back in Tuscaloosa, I think you’ve got to at least roll the dice on him as an undrafted free agent in this particular selection class.”
Savage was referring to Alabama’s recruitment of Thomas, who committed to play for the Crimson Tide, but withdrew with concerns about how committed Saban was to playing him at quarterback. Savage also is the color analyst for Alabama’s radio broadcast team.