Every year in the draft, there always seems to be that late-round gem at the wide receiver position – and Mike Thomas very well could be that guy this year. He brokeout in his senior season going for nearly 1,400 receiving yards with 14 TDs. His athleticism won’t appeal to teams, but his work ethic is what will get him drafted. Thomas will outwork anyone and on film you can tell he plays harder than most. He won’t outrun you, but he’ll outwork you.
Name: Mike Thomas
College: Southern Mississippi
Projection: 5th Round
Comparison: Antonio Bryant
Strengths: Body beautiful with a long, elegant frame and arm length. A smooth mover on grass who looks like he’s skating on ice. Terrific upper-body flexion with the ability to contort himself to catch anything within reach. A human highlight reel of football acrobatics. Makes the most difficult catches look routine. Comfortable catching in closed quarters. Has the speed to turn, run and make big stretch plays. Skies up to the ball and can high-point it. Highly competitive and always hustling. Team used his size and ability to block in the screen game. Moved around inside and out. Looked the same against lower level competition as he did against power conference teams. Enthusiastic. Extremely confident.
Weaknesses: Very lean frame that won’t be able to add weight. Very high cut body which makes dropping his hips and exploding out of cuts very difficult. Unable to get consistent separation and often has the corner running his routes with him. Small hands. Drops too many passes.
Outlook: Mike Thomas is a prospect that’s hard to forget. A junior college transfer who took a year and then fired on all cylinders in 2015. He’s the kind of guy you root for. If he can focus on route fundamentals and continue to work harder than everyone else he may be able to make a career in the league. Despite all the plays that make you rewind the tape he has a lot of hurdles in front of him that make him a day three selection.