Scott Porter: What do you feel is the toughest part about playing the cornerback position?
Josh Thomas: I think one of the most difficult parts is playing off coverage. I feel this way due to the fact that the WR is able to manipulate you in space with whatever room he has in front of him. The QB and WR both know and work on the same page. The CB has to understand what they are thinking and read the play very quickly to make a play on the ball and not let the play break into a long gain so they take advantage of the off coverage. You can also have a very good game, shut your guy out the entire game then give up one play late in the game that is the difference and then it ruins everything you did up until that play because you are remembered for that. As a cornerback things can change very quickly on you. I would say overall off coverage is the most difficult part.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence?
Josh Thomas: My grandmother. She is the pride and joy of our family. Every major decision I have made, I have made it based off her and what she has taught me in life. I play for my grandmother. I always was told by her to reach for the sky. She has had a lot of faith and has always supported me during good and bad times. She is my inspiration and my pride and joy. Her name is Eva Robinson.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to most about your chance to make an NFL roster?
Josh Thomas: I am looking forward to taking somebody’s starting position. I am looking forward to the opportunity to gain more brothers in my life and meet new friends with wherever I end up. Becoming part of a team and friendship with that team is something I am looking forward to.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until the draft to prepare for your shot in the NFL?
Josh Thomas: I am working out at IMG institute in Bradenton, Florida. I am working with Jeff Gilman, Lorin Seagraze and Mike Hawthorne. Seagraze has a lot of experience and is working as my speed coach. Gilman is working on my strength among other things. He has worked for Appalachin State and LSU. Mike Hawthorne is a former CB for the Saints and he is working on drills and other aspects to fine tune my game. I am taking advantage of the resources these guys give me to help myself.
Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?
Josh Thomas: I have a big heart for art. I am learning now to play the guitar. I am playing the acoustic guitar. I like spending time with my girlfriend and my family when possible. I don’t get to see them often so I spend every moment I can with them. I live a simple life. I have been so busy with school and football that I don’t have much time for other things. I would say playing the guitar and spending time with my girlfriend and family is what I look forward to the most.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football at Buffalo?
Josh Thomas: I will miss being with my teammates. I will miss enjoying the locker room moments with my teammates. I will miss the unique stories and jokes that we share with each other. We come up with a lot of interesting topics to talk about. I will miss the brotherhood with my teammates. I had a great experience with those guys and a lot of memories that I will take with me. I spent all of my time while at Buffalo with many of these guys. I will miss them all.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Josh Thomas: I would say my biggest strengths are my aggressive nature on the field and being able to support the run.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Josh Thomas: I would like to be a Pro Bowler, I want to win a Super Bowl and I want to be an actual contributor to giving back to my University. I want to be an inspiration.
Scott Porter: What NFL player most reminds you of yourself?
Josh Thomas: Al Harris because of the physical nature he plays with. He is very good in press coverage.