Carolina Panthers' NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Michael Thomas

Another player that the Carolina Panthers could add to Cam Newton's arsenal would be Michael Thomas. We take a closer look at the former Ohio State Buckeye wide receiver.

College Stats/Awards

Season Games Receptions Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
2012 11 3 22 7.3 0
2014 15 54 799 14.8 9
2015 13 56 781 13.9 9

*Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference

Combine/Pro Day Results

Event NFL Combine Pro Day
40-yard Dash 4.57 seconds 4.55 seconds
Bench Press 18 reps N/A
Vertical Jump 35.0 inches 33.5 inches
Broad Jump 126.0 inches N/A
3-Cone Drill 6.80 seconds N/A
20-yard Shuttle 4.13 seconds N/A
60-yard Shuttle 11.70 seconds N/A

*Results courtesy of


  • Height

Michael Thomas is one of the tallest wide receivers in this draft class and uses that size very well. He is able to go up and make the play over smaller defensive backs. He uses this height incredibly well in the red zone and gives his quarterbacks a little bit more of a window to make the throw.

  • Strong Cuts

One thing that stands out while watching Thomas is that he makes strong cuts, both at the top of his routes and after he makes the catch. The ability to make the cuts at the top of his routes helps create separation and once again gives his quarterback a bigger window to make the throw.

  • Bloodlines

One of those intangibles that a player doesn't have control over is his bloodlines. Well Thomas is lucky enough to be related to a former NFL wide receiver star, and former Carolina Panther, Keyshawn Johnson.


  • Run Blocking

For a player his size, teams would expect more from Thomas with his run blocking. While watching him play, he doesn't always appear to give maximum effort in run blocking. When he does engage with a defender, he doesn't hold the blocks long enough to really allow the ball carrier to break off long runs.

How he fits with the Carolina Panthers?

There are a number of positives with Thomas and how he would fit into the Panthers' offense. He has the height and speed that GM Dave Gettleman looks for in wide receivers for Cam Newton. It wouldn't be a surprise if a player like Thomas would overtake Devin Funchess on the depth chart in the years ahead.

However, the reservations with Thomas lies in the fact that he doesn't appear to be an excellent run blocker, which could be a cause of concern for a team that runs the ball as much as the Panthers do.

However, run blocking really comes down to effort and is something that can be coached and developed. What can't be taught is Thomas' height and the duo of him and Kelvin Benjamin, along with Greg Olsen, would make this a dominant offense down in the red zone.

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