This is a former third overall pick in the NFL Draft, so the upside is still there for the 25-year-old Thomas. But the Niners struggled to find a fit for him over his first four years and he never gained traction, leaving him with the dreaded “bust” label - in San Francisco, anyway. But for the Patriots, Thomas would represent a perfect opportunity to reshape him into something that works at the NFL level, and they’s do it for small money. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)