On Tuesday, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller wrote that the Carolina Panthers have 'done heavy work' on wide receiver Michael Thomas and according to a source on the coaching staff could be a surprise pick in the first round.
The former Ohio State Buckeye is considered one of the top wide receivers in this class and would be an excellent weapon for quarterback Cam Newton. Over his final two seasons with the Buckeyes, he caught 110 passes for 1,580 receiving yards and 18 touchdown passes.
At 6'3", he has the height that this organization covets at the wide receiver position, due in large part to Newton's tendency to throw his passes high. He also has great speed and quickness for his size and has the potential to develop into a top wide receiver in the NFL.
However, he still has work to do learning the wide receiver position and as NFL.com's Lance Zierlin wrote: "Still figuring out this whole "route running" thing." He does have good bloodlines though and is the nephew of former Panthers' wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
While Miller believes Thomas could be a surprise pick in the first round, I would tend to believe Thomas would be a target for the Panthers in the second round and they would be prepared to move up to draft him.
GM Dave Gettleman did this last year when the team moved up in the second to select Devin Funchess. The fact that this team has a lack of weaknesses in the roster, they may be willing to part with draft picks to move up for a player like Thomas.