With the 12th pick of the fifth round, the 143rd pick overall, the Dallas Cowboys selected University of Buffalo cornerback Josh Thomas, who went to high school at Cedar Hill near Dallas and was recruited to snowy UB by Fort Worth native Turner Gill, former Buffalo head coach now at Kansas.
Thomas has been called a sleeper in online media reports, listed at 5-10, 191, average speed, tough competitor who says his favorite college moment came in 2008 against Missouri when he did well against a Tigers team that had Chase Daniel at quarterback and Jeremy Maclin at wideout.
He tells of competing at a regional track meet while at Cedar Hill where a main rival stumbled in the hurdles and Thomas went on to win. Thomas gave his gold medal to his rival, who had fallen, Thomas saying he knew he had won the race and didn't need a medal, but wanted to respect his rival.
If he played for Gill, you figure a lot was demanded of him as a player and a person.