Texas' Thomas tips scales at 208

INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas' Earl Thomas grew up dreaming of playing for the Dallas Cowboys, but that isn't likely to happen soon.

Thomas, a safety who set a school record with eight interceptions last season, was measured at 5-10 1/2, 208 pounds. He's gained about 10 pounds since the end of the season, which should ease concerns about his ability to handle the physical nature of the NFL.

"The extra weight helps," Thomas said. "If I'm going to be in the box banging heads, it definitely helps."

Thomas, who will go through all the drills at the combine, is expected to run in the 4.4s. If that happens, it's unlikely he'll get out of the teens, much less be available at No. 27 overall.