Thomas is ready to compete

Some players take a little longer to realize their full potential. For Michigan State WR Devin Thomas it took two years at a junior college before he was able to be a Spartan, but in his only season in the Big 10, Thomas had a monster year and decided he was ready to take his game to the NFL.

"I felt it was a good time to make a decision about going to the NFL," Thomas told the media at the NFL Combine last weekend. "It's always been a dream of mine and I felt I was prepared well and I had the mindset that I was ready to make that move.

"I had a solid season, but there's a lot more I can improve on. I have the ability and potential to improve my career in the NFL."

Thomas knows the challenge of heading to the pros so early will test his metal, both physically and mentally.

"Basically, you're going to the next level and everybody's great," Thomas admitted. "To me, you have to work harder. The challenge is that every day you're going against players who are great players and I look forward to that challenge."

It will be tough to improve upon the numbers Thomas posted in 2007 as a third-year sophomore.

He finished second in the conference with 79 receptions, second in yards receiving with 1,260 and also posted eight touchdown receptions.

Thomas was also a deadly kick-returner who averaged 29.1 yards per return and that's an aspect he thinks will make him appealing to teams looking his way.

"I think it's a good thing for me," Thomas noted. "I bring some good qualities to the kick-return game and it's a strong part of my game and I'm very proud of that."

But Thomas isn't resting on his versatility alone. He also knows what he does best and what he needs to work on.

"My strength is my power and manipulating the defensive back and going up for the ball," Thomas said. "I'm a very aggressive receiver and I think my credentials are real good.

"I feel my toughness and my eagerness to play are big strengths and I run hard after the catch and I think I can be a dominant player. The things I need to work on are just, overall, route running and knowledge of the game."

Thomas is the perfect fit for the West Coast offense with his ability to run after the catch to go along with his solid 6-2, 216-pound frame.

"When I look at the NFL, I really like Anquan Boldin," Thomas said when asked who he would compare himself to. "He has toughness, he catches the ball in tough areas and makes things happen after the catch.

"I like his style."

But Thomas isn't a style over substance player and he's ready to show the NFL that he is ready for the big time.


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