Michael ThomasWR Ohio State 

6-2 7/8, 212, (O) 4.57, PD-4.55,

32.1" Arm, 18 Reps,

6.8 3-C! (O) 4.13,

10'6" Broad! 35" Vert, 

He Checks All The Boxes. Part II.

By TOM

I think it you asked any Draft expert they would admit that Thomas is a bit of an enigma. He is big and strong, and has some suddenness in his shoulders. But the sum doesn't always equal the whole. He has elite physical traits. His Combine numbers were staggering. I mean, we sometimes forget the numbers these guys put up. But when a 6-3 212-pound guy Broad jumps 10'6" and runs a 3-Cone Drill in under 7-seconds that's elite athleticism world wide. He doesn't play up to those numbers. But if he puts it all together mentally, because you have to say physically he has everything, he could be the best WR from this Draft.

Nice quick feet on release. He does a nice job finding the hole in the zone short. "Thomas is a very good player, and he had an excellent pro day workout," Gil Bryant said. "He has a big catching radius, with long arms, and he has excellent ball skills." He can be spectacular after the catch. He might not have top speed downfield. But he is nasty on the second and third levels with the ball in his hands.

Nice feet in routes. He is very good at changing gears in routes. He has some slow and go moves with his feet in routes as well. Solid hands. He has a quick inside move that he uses to get open deep. He uses his body well to wall off WRs. He does a great job drawing pass interference calls. Runs a terrific hitch and go. They like to run him on short and underneath patterns in the 1st half. They like to try and get him open deep on double moves in the 2nd half. Very nice inside move on intermediate routes.

He has that knack for getting open deep. I don't think he is a 1st round pick, because he disappears for large stretches of the game. But then he makes a big play or two and has over a hundred yards. He has nice size, strength, and long arms which he uses well to block. He does a good job mirroring the CB and making the block on the 3rd level. He has some heaviness in his hands when he gets aggressive blocking, which is not a lot. He needs to get more aggressive blocking. 

When he sees the ball early he catches it easily. When he is allowed to just use his speed he is something to see. If can get the ball behind the coverage he is never caught. When he can use his size and speed with the ball in his hands he looks like a star. He seems to play better as the game goes on. Once he stops thinking and starts just running and using his size he becomes the explosive athlete he looks like on the track. Boom or bust prospect. 

2015 Season (Junior): Third team All-Big Ten selection ... started all 13 games at WR ... led the team with 56 catches for 781 yards and 9 TDs on the season, which was tied for the second-most in the Big Ten ... caught at least one pass in 29 consecutive games to close out his career ... had at least four catches in 10 of 13 games ... ended his career with a career-high tying seven catches for 72 yards, including a 15-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the first quarter ... had two catches for 50 yards, including a 38-yarder, in the win at Michigan ... had six catches for 76 yards and a 24-yard TD in the win at Illinois ... had four catches for 39 yards and a TD in the win over Minnesota ... recorded the first 100-yard game of his career vs. Maryland with seven catches for 107 yards ... caught 5 passes for 103 yards in the win at Rutgers, including a 50-yard catch-and-run touchdown ... caught 4 passes for 54 yards, including a 23-yard TD, in the win at Indiana ... caught six passes for 80 yards, including a 38-yard TD, in the win over WMU, putting him over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career ... caught two passes for 46 yards, including a 26-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, in the win at Virginia Tech ... had five catches for 52 yards vs. Hawai'i ... 3 catches for 60 yards, including a 23-yard TD vs. NIU.

He is not a good blocker. He is so big and strong that he should be a great blocker, but sometimes I don’t know what the hell he is thinking when he is trying to block. He gets too high when he blocks, and keeps his elbows up real high. He really needs to tighten it up. But when he grabs shirt he can hold on for a little while. With some technique work he could be a very good blocker.

Great physical talent, but he doesn't have that knack for getting open in pattern. He should be one of the most productive WRs in college, and he is not close. When you watch, he really looks the part, but he doesn't get open enough to play the part. It seems most of his catches happen when he is wide open do to miscoverages. I think he lacks great WR instincts.

Thomas has nice hands on the high comeback. He is excellent with the ball in his hands. "His drive to be the best wide receiver in America mandates that I am the best wide receivers coach in America, or else this would be an epic failure," WR coach Zach Smith said. "If you aren’t an expert at your trade, the best in the business, it will get exposed in a second." He has that reputation for being the hardest worker on the team.

Not only does he have the speed, he has some fight and power in his runs on the edge. "I have never had a wide receiver who is as committed to the blueprint I laid out for him to achieve the goals we set for him this year," coach Smith said. "He is an absolute grinder who is starving for more: more knowledge, more coaching, more instruction, more insight, more criticism, more corrections." Known for his top character, as much as his top athleticism.

He knows where the marker is and fights to get there. He is a tall WR, but he is not a skinny kid. "I felt I had something to prove and nothing was going to stop me," Michael Thomas said. "Over the course of the year, I developed three things: self-discipline, self-respect and a work ethic. I was always a hard worker. It helped me grind even more and made me a lot hungrier." He is a well built strong kid, you can see he puts the work in in the weight room. 

Ohio State Overview: Michael Thomas has size, speed, leverage, great hands and tremendous athleticism to go along with dedication and determination to be the best receiver he can be ... he is always working on improving his skills, and as a result expect this fourth-year junior who led the Buckeyes in receiving last season to be a leader once again and one of the top receivers in the nation in 2015 ... a veteran of 26 games with 14 starts at receiver, Thomas has become a go-to and a throw-to playmaker for the Buckeyes with 57 career receptions for 821 yards, a 14.4-yards-per catch average and nine touchdowns ... he makes big plays, with five touchdowns over 25 yards and three over 50 yards ... has a current streak of at least one reception in 16 consecutive games ... had at least two receptions in 14 of his last 15 games ... an OSU Scholar-Athlete in 2012, Thomas is majoring in sport industry.

Rutgers: Thomas is a big strong WR, with great burst and explosion which he uses to get open. I really like this kid athletically, but he doesn't seem to catch as many passes as he should. Not a good bad ball catcher. Athletic WR who is at his best when he can just use his athleticism. Does use patterns to get open sometimes. He can burst himself open out of breaks. He consistently reaches out and catches the ball away from his body. He is a top talent at WR, who does not really know what he is doing yet. But if he can put it together mentally on the field he could be a top five WR from this Draft.

V-Tech: He does a good job drawing pass interference calls with his big body. He drew more calls than had catches against V-Tech. Thomas finally beat Fuller in the 4th with a great stop and Go move that froze Fuller dead (Oops! And apparently broke his knee, literally). He is a lot bigger this season. He can get open deep when he is given a chance. He really has some speed with the ball in his hands.

 

Michael Thomas Vs V-Tech:

He uses his size to get the inside shoulder of the CB. One thing about Thomas is that he has really smooth hands catching the ball. He is a natural hands catcher (:01). He is a big strong guy. Watch the inside hand push off the Jam, and then he has position on the CB for an easy throw by the QB. A little one cut inside, and he is open cutting outside (:12). You can see him get physical in the route again with his shoulder (:24). He finds the open spot in the Zone nicely, and steps out of the pattern and outside to open a bigger hole for his QB to throw into (:32). I liked that pattern there. I don't think he has the niftiest feet or is a real twitchy athlete. But he can find a hole in the zone, and knows how to present a nice target for his QB.

He is so wide open it is ridiculous (:41). You can see a little burst off the line there. He runs a more herky-jerky pattern than normal, which is a compliment. He breaks open over the middle, but Jones has so many guys to throw to that is doesn't matter (:52). He has a better burst off the snap in patterns than I remember. That is probably how he gets open deep so much (1:04). He does not have elite speed, but you can see him burst open over the middle 20-yards down field (1:14). He seems to have that knack for getting open 20-yards down field.

He makes a little jab inside, and then takes the outside shoulder and goes down the sideline (2:01). Not a great blocker and a bit of a grabber. He seems to give good effort to start, but then seems to stop giving effort for no apparent reason (2:15). He sometimes looks like a good fake effort blocker (2:24). He has some suddenness in his shoulders on that inside move (2:32). He kind of reaches out in a fake block again (2:42). He shows nice feet on his release off the line (3:08). Did you see that strike on the DB. That is how he needs to block (3:17). He gives a great strike when he is blocking for himself, and thinks it will get himself open, but where are the heavy hands when he is blocking for his teammates.

That is a great hitch and go. He can look so good good running patterns sometimes. Watch the feet on the hitch. He sends one foot inside like a jab step, and then he is gone (3:25). He has the size and quick burst to consistently get either shoulder of the CB. He takes Fuller's inside shoulder, and he has to grab him to stop the TD again (3:56). Love-love-love that hitch and go pattern he runs. CB's can't help but step up, and he is gone (4:18). Watch the over exaggerated foot stomps that break Fuller's ankle, huh knee (4:31). Although I hate the sssshhhh-thing. You're an Ohio State dude. You won the Championship in 2014. Your not a secret. It seems for everything great he does, he does something else that annoys me. 

Thomas Vs V-Tech:#

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXT2h6c2gFs

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Thomas' Bio:

 

Ohio State Overview: Ohio State's No. 1 receiver the past two seasons with 54 catches for 799 yards and nine scores in 2014 and 56 for 781 and nine in 2015. Thomas played in 39 games and started 27 times. He caught a pass in the final 29 games he played and ranks 13th at Ohio State with 113 career receptions, 18th with 1,602 receiving yards and T8th with 18 touchdown receptions. Was outstanding in the post-season with 21 receptions - 13 of which went for a first down - for 232 yards and two touchdowns in four post games; all of them Ohio State wins. Thomas graduated in December with his degree in sport industry.

2015 Season (Junior): Third team All-Big Ten selection ... started all 13 games at WR ... led the team with 56 catches for 781 yards and 9 TDs on the season, which was tied for the second-most in the Big Ten ... caught at least one pass in 29 consecutive games to close out his career ... had at least four catches in 10 of 13 games ... ended his career with a career-high tying seven catches for 72 yards, including a 15-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the first quarter ... had two catches for 50 yards, including a 38-yarder, in the win at Michigan ... had six catches for 76 yards and a 24-yard TD in the win at Illinois ... had four catches for 39 yards and a TD in the win over Minnesota ... recorded the first 100-yard game of his career vs. Maryland with seven catches for 107 yards ... caught 5 passes for 103 yards in the win at Rutgers, including a 50-yard catch-and-run touchdown ... caught 4 passes for 54 yards, including a 23-yard TD, in the win at Indiana ... caught six passes for 80 yards, including a 38-yard TD, in the win over WMU, putting him over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career ... caught two passes for 46 yards, including a 26-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, in the win at Virginia Tech ... had five catches for 52 yards vs. Hawai'i ... 3 catches for 60 yards, including a 23-yard TD vs. NIU.

2014 Season (Sophomore): Thomas was the leading receiver for the College Football Playoff national champions with 54 catches after red-shirting in 2013 ... was second on the squad with 799 receiving yards and with nine receiving touchdowns ... played in all 15 games with 14 starts, including a current streak of 11 consecutive starts ... made huge plays in huge games ... secured inside leverage on his defender, caught a short pass and raced 79 yards for a game-tying score at Michigan State ... hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass to extend a three-point lead on the road at Minnesota ... leaped high in the end zone to snare a reception and then twisted and landed his left foot parallel with the out-of-bounds line for a crucial touchdown with 12 seconds to play in the first half in the Sugar Bowl win vs. No. 1 Alabama ... in addition to three receptions over 50 yards, which ranked 14th nationally and third in the Big Ten (trailing only the four recorded by teammate Devin Smith and Michigan State's Tony Lippett), Thomas also had 29 receptions of 10-plus yards ... had career-high 98 receiving yards vs. Virginia Tech and 91 vs. Michigan State ... had a career-high seven receptions vs. Alabama ... was a standout in the post-season with 14 receptions - nine of which went for an Ohio State first down and there was a 10th first down via a pass interference call - for 160 yards and one touchdown.

2012 Season (Freshman): Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshman for the undefeated Buckeyes, totaling 196 offensive plays ... had three receptions for 22 yards.

THOMAS' CAREER BESTS
Most Rec. 7 (3x) last vs. Notre Dame (1/1/16)
Most Yds. Rec. 107 vs. Maryland (10/10/15)
Longest Rec. 79/TD at Michigan State (11/8/14)
Most Rec. TDs 2 vs. Kent State (9/13/14)

MICHAEL THOMAS' RECEIVING STATS

YEAR G-GS REC YDS AVG TD LG
2012 11-0 3 22 7.3 0 10
2014 15-14 54 799 14.8 9 79
2015 13-13 56 781 13.9 9 50
TOT 39-27 113 1602 14.2 18 79

 

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