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Keir Thomas

Keir Thomas
No. 96 – Los Angeles Rams
Personal information
Born: (1998-01-25) January 25, 1998 (age 26)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Central Senior (FL)
College:South Carolina (2016-2020)
Florida State (2021)
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:10
Player stats at PFR

Keir S. Thomas (born January 25, 1998) is an American football linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina and Florida State.

Early years

Thomas was born on January 25, 1998, in Miami, Florida. He attended Miami Central Senior High School where he played nose guard, defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker. He was a PrepStar All-American and recorded 71 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior, while making 22 sacks and 83 tackles as a senior. ranked him the 49th-best player in Florida and the 23rd-best strongside defensive end nationally. He was a first-team Class 6A all-state player and was named the Miami Herald 8A-6A defensive player of the year.[1]

College career

Thomas committed to the University of South Carolina and enrolled in January 2016. As a true freshman he appeared in all 13 games and started two, while recording 24 tackles and two sacks. In 2017, as a sophomore, Thomas started 11 out of 13 games and was credited with 38 tackles and two sacks while playing defensive end as well in the interior of the defensive line.[1] His coach described him as being "invaluable" to the team.[2]

As a junior, Thomas played both defensive tackle and defensive end, starting 12 games making 44 tackles along with 1.5 sacks. In the 2019 fall camp, as a senior, Thomas suffered an ankle injury which resulted in an infection, keeping him out for almost the entire season. He appeared in only two games as a redshirt, recording four tackles. After the season finished, he was named one of six winners of the Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Award.[1]

Thomas was one of the Gamecocks' top defensive linemen in the 2020 season, recording 32 tackles along with three sacks despite battling injuries from the prior year. In January 2021, he announced his intention to transfer.[3] He committed to Florida State shortly afterwards.[4] In one season for Florida State, Thomas started all 12 games and made 42 tackles, including 12 for-loss, as well as 6.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. He was named team captain and was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team.[5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+14 in
(1.86 m)
255 lb
(116 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.97 s 1.65 s 2.80 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
19 reps
All values from Pro Day[6]

Thomas was not invited to the NFL Combine and went unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft.[7] On May 1, 2022, he was signed by the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent.[7] He impressed in training camp, and posted a strong performance in the final preseason game which led to him being one of three undrafted rookies to make the Rams' final roster.[8] He made his NFL debut in week one of the regular season, appearing on one defensive snap and 11 special teams snaps in the Rams' 31–10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.[9] He was waived on September 22,[10] and re-signed to the practice squad two days later.[11] He was promoted to the active roster on December 3, 2022.[12]

On August 29, 2023, Thomas was waived by the Rams and re-signed to the practice squad.[13][14] He was signed to the active roster on November 14.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Keir Thomas". University of South Carolina. June 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Taylor, Collyn (June 24, 2018). "Keir Thomas: Mr. Versatility on defense". The Times and Democrat. p. B1 – via Open access icon
  3. ^ Bezjak, Lou (January 7, 2021). "Veteran D-lineman Thomas, one of Muschamp's first commits, says he'll transfer". The State. p. B4 – via Open access icon
  4. ^ Sonnone, Brendan (January 9, 2021). "FSU lands South Carolina DL transfer Keir Thomas". 247Sports. Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  5. ^ "Keir Thomas". Florida State University.
  6. ^ "2022 NFL Draft Scout Keir Thomas College Football Profile". Retrieved November 4, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Greer, Nate (May 1, 2022). "FSU defensive end signs undrafted free agent deal with Los Angeles Rams". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  8. ^ Lewis, Dustin (August 30, 2022). "Florida State Undrafted Rookie makes Los Angeles Rams 53-man roster". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  9. ^ "Keir Thomas Stats, Height, Weight, Position, Draft, College". Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  10. ^ DaSilva, Cameron (September 22, 2022). "Rams sign RB Malcolm Brown to practice squad, waive RB Trey Ragas and OLB Keir Thomas". Rams Wire. USA Today. Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  11. ^ Grindley, Wyatt (September 24, 2022). "Rams Announce Four Roster Moves". Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  12. ^ @RamsNFL (December 3, 2022). "LA Rams Transactions: • Reserve/Injured QB Matthew Stafford • Activated, from Reserve LB Daniel Hardy • Activated, from Practice Squad RB Malcolm Brown, DE T.J. Carter • Signed to Active Roster LB Keir Thomas, WR Austin Trammell" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Jackson, Stu (August 29, 2023). "Rams waive 36 players ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline". Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  14. ^ Jackson, Stu (August 31, 2023). "Rams sign 16 players to initial practice squad for 2023 season". Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  15. ^ DaSilva, Cameron (November 14, 2023). "Rams sign Keir Thomas to active roster, waive Zach VanValkenburg". Rams Wire. USA Today. Retrieved November 15, 2023.
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