Cedar Hill High coach Joey McGuire guarantees one thing about Joshua Thomas: The Cowboys will love the fifth-round pick's attitude.
"He's going to work his tail off," McGuire said. "He's got a chip on his shoulder and goes to work every day. He's very coachable. He can be coached hard."
That chip has been there since Thomas was an afterthought in a star-studded Cedar Hill class that went undefeated as seniors and produced 11 Division I-A recruits.
Thomas, a track star and powerlifter in high school, played out of position as a free safety for Cedar Hill because the team had two other Division I-A cornerbacks and he was the most physical player of the trio. Cedar Hill's coaches tried to sell Thomas to every recruiter who came through the school, but only Buffalo bit.
"We told everybody he could flat-out play," McGuire said. "Buffalo believed us and got a four-year starter."
The chip on Thomas' shoulder got a little bigger this weekend. Thomas, who Scouts Inc. ranked as the No. 8 corner and No. 72 overall player, anticipated being drafted in the third round. He slipped until the Cowboys took him with the 143rd overall pick in the fifth round.
McGuire sent Thomas an encouraging text message this morning, telling him to hang in there. Thomas' reply: "I'll prove everybody wrong."