The quiet, confident Michael Thomas was often overshadowed at Ohio State with the impact of guys like Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. How the tables have turned. Thomas is the best pro prospect of the crop and will likely be a 1st round pick come draft day. He doesn’t have the #1 WR potential like a Laquon Treadwell, but his size and complete skill-set will keep around in the NFL for a long time. Has great roots – the nephew of former #1 pick, Keyshawn Johnson.
Name: Michael Thomas
College: Ohio State
Class: Junior (RS)
Projection: 1st-2nd Round
Comparison: Amani Toomer
Strengths: Good size and arm length teams look for. Lean, muscled build. Good sized hands. Is unusually flexible for a long-legged receiver and has exceptional ankle flexion and good hips. Can make acrobatic catches look easy with very impressive upper body flexibility and hops. Very good hands. Nifty after the catch and able to extend plays. Appears to be a developed route-runner who can make subtle moves to get open (see Virginia Tech). Routinely gets open but doesn’t see the ball as much as he should.
Weaknesses: Lacks blazing speed. Has long legs and a small torso.
Outlook: I still need to watch more tape but he looks like a very good NFL prospect in the mold of Amani Toomer. Could be a day one or day two pick. Will likely never be a dominant receiver but should have a long, productive career.