Finding Broncos: Scouting Ohio State WR Michael Thomas

Next up on Erick Trickel's scouting list is Ohio State's dynamic Michael Thomas. Should the Broncos target him?

http://www.scout.com/player/137774-michael-thomas?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.57 SEC

BENCH PRESS: 18 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 35.0 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 126.0 INCH

3-CONE DRILL: 6.80 SEC

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.13 SEC

60-YARD SHUTTLE: 11.70 SEC

Pros

  • Is a height/weight/speed receiver
  • Perfect frame for an NFL No. 1 WR
  • Good footwork
  • Excellent at using his body to sell route fakes
  • Can high point the ball with ease
  • Good and smart route runner, makes his routes look easy
  • Stacks defenders out of the play
  • Great ability after the catch to pick up more yards
  • Makes defenses pay for missed tackles
  • Amazing hand eye coordination
  • Great acceleration off of the snap
  • Great toe tapper on the sidelines
  • Uses quickness in an out of breaks to get separation
  • Hands catcher with soft hands
  • Reliable red zone target

Cons

  • Needs work to get out of press coverage
  • Needs work to clean up his route running
  • Doesn’t react well to contact
  • Thinks too much
  • Doesn’t work back to the throw
  • Can’t help out a quarterback with off-target throws
  • Too passive against aggressive corners
  • No special teams value
  • Lazy run blocker who works only if needed
  • Just average start/stop in and out of breaks
  • No sustain to his blocks
  • Questionable football IQ with concerns about ability to pick up simple concepts and college offenses
  • Route tree is under-developed
  • Doesn’t always look in the catch, which leads to drops

Overall Thoughts

While I am not a fan of what Thomas brings, there is a lot to like with him as a prospect. His laziness drives me nuts, and he shows no effort when asked to block in the running game.

In the NFL, that won’t fly with teammates and coaches. There is a lot of technical work that needs to be done with Thomas, especially with his routes.Then add in to a route tree that needs to be developed, and you’re going to have problems.

Thomas likely goes in round one or early round two, but that is higher than where he should go drafted. He will have next to no impact in his rookie season, unless he puts in tons of work on his own, and takes extremely well to coaching. However, that leads to questions as to if he can pick up a complicated NFL playbook quick enough to have an impact.

For the Denver Broncos, Thomas will go way too high for them, and their deep receiver corps. It would pretty much be a wasted pick for two or three years as he sits behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer, Bennie FowlerJordan Norwood and possibly even Jordan Taylor. I just don’t see him being on the Broncos radar, due to the depth at the position already. Now, I do think they look to add a receiver, but not until late day three.

Broncos Round Projection: Late round two, but not on their radar

Where He Goes: Late 1st-Mid 2nd

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