Michael Thomas

Ohio State
WR #3
6’3″ 210

Pros:

  • Has the size advantage
  • Sets up defenders with quick, light feet and head fakes
  • Uses strength when blocking
  • Soft hands
  • Acceleration allows him to earn yards after the catch
  • Runs clean routes with good balance
  • Comes back for the ball
  • Has the size and ability to box out defenders and grab the ball at its highest point
  • Knows when to use his hands or catch the ball close to his body
  • Great body control

Cons:

  • Change of direction won’t create much separation
  • Lacks top end speed to take the top off of defense; will likely make his living as a #2, possession receiver
  • Functional athleticism isn’t going to create mismatches
  • Tight hips

Despite playing in 11 games as a freshman, Thomas only hauled in three passes for 22 yards. He exploded as a sophomore as he snagged 54 balls for 799 yards and nine touchdowns including an acrobatic touchdown receptions against Alabama in the College Football Playoff. Thomas posted solid numbers again in 2015 catching two more passes for 781 yards and the same amount of touchdowns despite playing in two fewer games.

Pro comp: Demaryius Thomas/Keyshawn Johnson

Projected draft value: 1st-2nd round

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