The natural thought is new Steelers defensive lineman Cam Thomas is a nose tackle, likely because he's roughly the size of a Volkswagon. He's likely more of a dual-position back-up, but judging by how San Diego used him, he could get on the field in those dual roles for a reasonably hefty workload.
Even Labriola sees him as a back-up, and actually went out of his way to explicitly equate Thomas' skillset with Al Woods'. But which is Thomas more of, an end or a nose tackle? Or maybe more importantly, which is more in need in Pittsburgh? Steve McLendon's skill is interior pass rush, and only a cursory level overview of Thomas is needed to see he's a beast off the snap. It didn't really seem like he was in the greatest physical condition, perhaps that's part of the issue.
From Cam Thomas’ bio on @Chargers page: ‘Thomas is a mountain of a man with an infectious personality who goes by the nickname Baby Zilla.’— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) March 14, 2014
Not entirely sure if the most telling aspect of Thomas being, in order, his size, his personality and his nickname is a good thing. Seems more like what some kind of fetish pervert would want to read in a potential date.
You don't get to have a nickname till you do something, so the #Steelers signed Cam Thomas.— sevenwithcheese (@sevenwithcheese) March 14, 2014
That's a little more like it. No nicknames. "Steve McLendon" is rife with opportunities for nicknames, he didn't get one (unless we count "McClendon" as a nickname). Casey Hampton didn't go by Big Snack publicly for a while.
Cam Thomas, welcome aboard.— Jason D. Praster (@praster51) March 14, 2014
Let's just go with this for now.