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Michael Thomas Scouting Report

Michael Thomas WR Ohio State #3

 6’3, 210 pounds. Moderate speed and agility. Wins more with technique than athleticism.

Separation Skills: Doesn’t have the speed to get over the top of the defense with consistency but does have the route-running skills to create enough separation. Effectively uses double moves and subtle fakes to create space. Long speed is average at best, but he shows a nice burst out of his breaks. Some of moves appear a little too deliberate and won’t fool as many defensive backs in the NFL.

Ball Skills: Elite hands. Only five drops in 2015.

Blocking: Not really interested in blocking. Gets out of the way whenever possible and gets tends to get grabby when he does feel the need to engage. Strong enough to deliver an occasional pop though.

Intangibles: Spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy (teammates with Cardale Jones) when he wasn’t offered major scholarships out of high school. Rare example of a player being redshirted as a sophomore – reportedly due to struggles learning offense in 2013. Entering draft early, but is actually five years removed from high school. Nephew of Keyshawn Johnson.

Durability: No known issues.

Overview: Thomas is an ideal No. 2 receiver at the next level. Most No. 1 corners will shut him down because they’ll have superior athleticism and if he can’t force them into a misstep, he won’t break free. But his route running is already developed to the point that he’ll burn many inexperienced cornerbacks, even as a rookie. Surrounded by enough talent, he’ll make an instant impact in the NFL, but he shouldn’t be viewed as a prospect who can change an offense by himself.

Thomas Chart

1Corey ColemanWRBaylor94
2Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss92
3Braxton MillerWROhio State89
4Michael ThomasWROhio State89
5Will FullerWRNotre Dame86
6Sterling ShepardWROklahoma84
7Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh82
8Josh DoctsonWRTCU82
9Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina77
10Rashard HigginsWRColorado State74
11Kenny LawlerWRCalifornia69
12De'Runnya WilsonWRMississippi State69
13Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State68
14Leonte CarrooWRRutgers65
15Thomas DuarteWRUCLA65
16Tajae SharpeWRMassachusetts
17Roger LewisWRBowling Green
18Bralon AddisonWROregon
19Cayleb JonesWRArizona
20Jordan PaytonWRUCLA
21Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan
22Paul McRobertsWRSE Missouri State
23D.J. FosterWRArizona State
24K.J. MayeWRMinnesota
25Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa
26Alex EricksonWRWisconsin
27Mike ThomasWRSouthern Miss
28Charone PeakeWRClemson
29Demarcus AyersWRHouston
30Byron MarshallWROregon
31Dom WilliamsWRWashington State
32Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU
33Chris BrownWRNotre Dame
34D'haquille WilliamsWRAuburn
35Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia
36Jordan WilliamsWRBall State
37Nelson SpruceWRColorado
38MarQuez NorthWRTennessee
39Kenneth ScottWRUtah
40Cody CoreWROle Miss
41Mekale McKayWRCincinnati
42Chris MooreWRCincinnati
43Devon CajusteWRStanford
44Trevone BoykinWRTCU
45Jalin MarshallWROhio State
46Hunter SharpWRUtah State
47Jamaal JonesWRMontana
48Geronimo AllisonWRIllinois
49Jaydon MickensWRWashington
50Quinshad DavisWRNorth Carolina
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