Indy: Cardinals Spend Time with Local WR

The Cardinals didn't have to look far to find a wideout to talk with on day two of the combine. It's easy to think wide receivers aren't on the Cardinals offseason agenda, but the Cardinals are going to get the best available players they can. AZRedReport.com went one-on-one with the WR and found out why the undersized receiver, with an all-time college record, caught the Cardinals attention.

Arizona wide receiver Michael Thomas is manning up in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. He describes the experience as a mouthful. The tests, interviews and overall experience is something he never went through, and he's pulling out all the stops to make it work in his advantage.

Thomas' is the Pac-10's all-time leader with 259 receptions. His total could have been higher if he didn't move to punt returns his senior season. Thomas' contributions on special teams make him a good catch.

"[Returns] helped a lot," Thomas said. "You know without it I probably wouldn't be in the position that I am in. So I think its going to be really key to my success."

But his reception total gives him stories for future generations of Thomas's.

"Later on in the future, I want to tell my son one of these days when were reflecting back, and I tell him your daddy was the PAC 10 all time reception holder till somebody breaks it," Thomas said. "It's a good thing to have behind your back."

The relationships and bonds created at Arizona can never be replaced, but Thomas is excited to bring his game to the next level. The Cardinals showed interest in Thomas and met with him at the NFL Scouting Combine.

He wants them and any other interested team to know that he's dedicated to the game, he's a good kid and that he's going to work hard for everything that he will gain or earn in the future.

Thomas had a sense of humor too. When asked what player he looks up to, he replied:

"Steve Smith, I call myself the poor man Steve Smith. I look up to him with a lot of admiration."

Thomas has high expectations for himself. He understands that his 40 time will play a big role in what happens on draft day. But Arizona prepared him well.

"I think it's necessary to learn about football, about the game and different coaching," Thomas said. "You know it's kind of like a business on the college level as well, you're just not getting paid for it. I think it is really key to anybody's success in the transition from college to the NFL."

Thomas is confident about what he brings to a team regardless of his 5'8" stature.

"First and foremost, I'm a playmaker you know I've got return capability," Thomas said. "I'm also fast, and I'm explosive. You know the only real thing I don't have is the height. You know but besides that I've got all the tangibles. I'm strong, you know everything."


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