Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Height: 6-3 Weight: 216 Round: 2 Pick: 47
WHO HE IS: A Los Angeles native, Thomas played a key role in Ohio State’s run-heavy offense for two seasons, serving as the No. 1 receiver for a Buckeyes team that won the national championship in 2014 and made another run in 2015. Working over the middle, Thomas caught 113 passes for 1,602 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career, and he graduated in December with a degree in sport industry.
WHAT HE CAN DO: Thomas fits the profile of Marques Colston, whose legendary decade in New Orleans just came to an end. A big target, Thomas has the strength to work over the middle, good hands and the acrobatic skills to go up and get the ball in tight coverage against defensive backs. Thomas only ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, but his size and Ohio State’s play-action passing game make him a potential deep threat for an offense that has been looking for one.
PLAYER SPEAK: “(I love) everything about New Orleans. My last game I played in New Orleans in the (Mercedes-Benz) Superdome we played against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. I just fell in love with that place.” — Thomas
GURU TALK: “He’s got more natural ability than people think. Big kid, really good hands, he can extend for the ball, good vertical leap and he’ll go get the ball. I think he can be really good after the catch. ... I think he may be a better NFL player than college player.” — Todd McShay, ESPN
DID YOU KNOW? Thomas is the nephew of former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, who was the No. 1 pick in the 1996 NFL Draft and turned in a productive career with the Jets, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Panthers. In addition, he roomed at Fork Union Military Academy with future Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones.