BUFFALO, NY - (UB) University at Buffalo cornerback Josh Thomas was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. The Cedar Hill, TX native gets to play for his hometown team.
Thomas was chosen with the 143rd pick. Since 1969, Ed Ellis (125th pick in 1997) is the only other UB player selected sooner. It marks the third time in the past four NFL Drafts a Buffalo player has been selected. Trevor Scott (Oakland Raiders) and Jamey Richard (Indianapolis Colts) were drafted in 2008. James Starks was picked by the Green Bay Packers in 2010.
A mainstay in Buffalo's dominant defensive backfield, Thomas had 58 tackles (30 solo), two sacks and an interception his senior season. His eight pass breakups ranked second on the team.