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LGHL NFL Draft 2016 prospect: Michael Thomas

Discussion in 'News' started by Alexis Chassen, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. NFL Draft 2016 prospect: Michael Thomas
    Alexis Chassen
    via our friends at Land-Grant Holy Land
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    Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas was one of the last to declare their intention to enter the NFL draft. Though it didn't come as much of a surprise, fans were hoping to keep the incredibly fast -- and quiet -- stand out for another season.

    Thomas has the physical traits of a starting wideout in the league, and excels at route running and getting separation at the top. He's a natural pass catcher, rarely using his body to secure the throw, and has the hands to limit drops. He often came over the top of defenders at Ohio State to secure the ball in the endzone.

    During his career at Ohio State, Thomas recorded 113 catches for 1,602 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons. He was red-shirted his second year after struggling to learn the offense and potential grade issues. Not one to back down from a challenge, he came back better than ever in the team's 2014 championship run, recording 799 yards and nine touchdowns on just 54 catches. His big play potential was solidified when 2015 included similar numbers with 781 yards and nine touchdowns.

    Measurements


    Height: 6'3

    Weight: 212

    Arms: 32 1/8"

    Hands: 10 1/2"

    Interviews


    One of the more succinct interviews of the week, Thomas wasn't worried about the limited number of touches he had in 2015, noting teams "just watch the film, and want to know if I'm going hard every play and I'm doing my job."

    He's always had a plan to make it first to the combine, and then to the draft, having watched his uncle Keyshawn Johnson be one of the best, even quipping "I want to be better than my uncle."

    "Coming from my uncle, he set the bar real high. Coach Meyer doesn't recruit guys that aren't going to come in a play and contribute you can't just sit around there or you'll be exposed. I just felt like I had a plan and to stick to it, and that's what I did."



    Classic #Buckeye Michael Thomas on what he wants to run in the 40 #shhhh

    A video posted by Land-Grant Holy Land (@landgrantholyland) on Feb 26, 2016 at 2:01pm PST


    Workouts


    Bench press: 18 reps -- the most among Buckeye receivers

    40-yard dash: First run: 4.58 unofficial, Second run: 5.74 unofficial

    Position drills: TBD

    Vertical jump: TBD

    Broad jump: TBD

    20-yard shuttle run: TBD

    Here's Thomas doing the broad jump:


    Projection


    Thomas would make a solid first round pick, and with so many teams looking to add depth to with their receiver position, he could be among the first 31 drafted. He's widely considered one of the top five wideouts in this year's draft class.

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