The A-Train was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft (35th overall) while Travis Henry was drafted 58th overall in the same draft. What did scouts see in Thomas that they didn't see in Henry that year? And why was Jamal Lewis drafted fifth overall in the 2000 draft out of the same college as Henry, the University of Tennessee. Their stats were both similiar coming out.
Shouldn't Lewis rank higher on draft boards on an up-and-coming team like the Ravens, especially after proving his health last season? And shouldn't Thomas be given more respect after a solid rookie campaign and then a sophomore season that was limited due to injuries to himself and many of the Bears key players?
Is Henry an eventual bust canidate? Was Bledsoe the only reason Henry blossomed after an unspectacular rookie year? The Bills must not fully believe in him if they drafted McGahee in the first round.
With that said, I still think Henry will be a solid starter this year, but that's mainly due to the respect Bledsoe receives. Thomas should bounce back and provide his owners with a solid #3 RB. And I believe Lewis is in for a real nice season.
Ponder and go with your gut feeling. No matter what you decide you'll only have to live with it for THE ENTIRE SEASON. No pressure what's so ever.