Michigan State University held its Pro Day on March 12 at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, and the intrigue continued to build around WR Devin Thomas. Thomas received rave reviews at the Scouting Combine after he ran 4.40 in the 40-yard dash and flashed sure hands during positional drills.
On Wednesday, the 6-foot-2, 216-pound Thomas didn't run the 40, but he tested his athleticism in the vertical jump, strength in the bench press and skills in positional drills. Thomas had a 28-inch vertical at the Combine, but topped that mark at the Pro Day with a 33-inch leap. Thomas' performance in the other workouts weren't revealed.
"I just feel that I answered the question that everybody wanted to know about my 40 speed," Thomas said. "I don't think a lot of people expected that. I think they expected a 4.5, so I think I shocked some people."
"It just happened so fast. Everything is just skyrocketing. You imagine this, but it's coming true now. It's crazy."
Tight end Kellen Davis was also impressive at the Combine. He stunned scouts with a 40-time of 4.59 along with his soft hands during drills. At 6-foot-6, 262 pounds, Davis is a gifted physical specimen who's elevated his stock tremendously.
Davis didn't work out on Wednesday, but he will join Thomas in Buffalo for a workout.
Another impressive showing at the Pro Day was conducted by FB/RB Jehuu Caulcrick. At 6-feet, 254 pounds, Caulcrick ran a 4.69 in the 40 and had a 33-inch vertical at the Combine. Caulcrick improved his vertical jump on Wednesday with a 37-inch effort.
There were 39 scouts representing 27 NFL teams at the event on Wednesday.
Devin Thomas Scouting Report
Positives: He's a quick receiver who consistently makes plays on offense. He uses his size to his advantage, runs physical routes, and makes tough catches in traffic. He gets a quick release off the line, is quick in and out of cuts, and flashes vertical speed to make big plays. He's a sure-handed receiver who adjusts to errant throws, leaps to make acrobatic receptions, and finds soft spots within a defense. He plays with a lot of awareness and instincts and is a capable blocker downfield.
Negatives: He has to run more precise routes. He tends to lack focus on intermediate routes and will occasionally drop easy passes. He's a former JUCO transfer who started just one-year at Michigan State.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.