Photo of Mike Thomas
Drafted By: Rams
Grade
5.23 ?

Draft Analysis:

Thomas is a "worker bee" WR with exceptional hands. His late draft position is a result of his inability to separate. He'll get a chance to compete for one of the Rams' last receiver spots. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 200LBS. Weight

Overview

Thomas collected 71 receptions for 1,391 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. Those totals easily eclipsed his numbers from 2014: 41 catches for 592 yards and five touchdowns.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds
Vertical: 36 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 11 inches
Short shuttle: 4.29 seconds
3-cone: 7.06 seconds
Bench: 16 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Plays like his hair is on fire. Posted eye­-opening production in 2015. Motor is always in the red and brings enthusiasm and urgency to the field. Has good size, but plays even bigger. Able to play through contact and still make difficult, contested catches. Confidence took off as season progressed. Doesn't have blazing speed but hit explosive play after explosive play. Good leaper with great body control to win high percentage of 50-50 balls. Good hand fighter down the sideline. Will drain every yard he can get out of every catch.

Weaknesses

Average athlete inside first 10 yards. Hip tightness limits sink into and out of breaks and routes can be very raw. JUCO transfer who played just two years of FBS football. Easy target to tag for press corners. Needs to vary approach and tempo of press release. Drop rate of 10.1 percent due to focus issues. Struggles creating separation at top of his routes versus tight man coverage. Needs more commitment as run blocker.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"You want to write him off when you start watching the tape and then he just starts outworking everyone for the big plays." -- NFL South scout

Bottom Line

While much of Thomas' production was churned out against middling competition, it is worth noting that he had at least one touchdown catch over his last 10 games including two touchdowns and 190 receiving yards in his bowl game against Washington. Thomas could face a struggle to get open against NFL press coverage, but his desire and competitiveness will make following his run in camp an interesting one.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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