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NFL Draft 2016 prospect: Michael Thomas


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Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas was one of the last to declare their intention to enter the NFL draft. Though it didn't come as much of a surprise, fans were hoping to keep the incredibly fast -- and quiet -- stand out for another season.

Thomas has the physical traits of a starting wideout in the league, and excels at route running and getting separation at the top. He's a natural pass catcher, rarely using his body to secure the throw, and has the hands to limit drops. He often came over the top of defenders at Ohio State to secure the ball in the endzone.

During his career at Ohio State, Thomas recorded 113 catches for 1,602 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons. He was red-shirted his second year after struggling to learn the offense and potential grade issues. Not one to back down from a challenge, he came back better than ever in the team's 2014 championship run, recording 799 yards and nine touchdowns on just 54 catches. His big play potential was solidified when 2015 included similar numbers with 781 yards and nine touchdowns.


Height: 6'3

Weight: 212

Arms: 32 1/8"

Hands: 10 1/2"


One of the more succinct interviews of the week, Thomas wasn't worried about the limited number of touches he had in 2015, noting teams "just watch the film, and want to know if I'm going hard every play and I'm doing my job."

He's always had a plan to make it first to the combine, and then to the draft, having watched his uncle Keyshawn Johnson be one of the best, even quipping "I want to be better than my uncle."

"Coming from my uncle, he set the bar real high. Coach Meyer doesn't recruit guys that aren't going to come in a play and contribute you can't just sit around there or you'll be exposed. I just felt like I had a plan and to stick to it, and that's what I did."

Classic #Buckeye Michael Thomas on what he wants to run in the 40 #shhhh

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Bench press: 18 reps -- the most among Buckeye receivers

40-yard dash: First run: 4.58 unofficial, Second run: 5.74 unofficial. 4.57 Official.

Vertical jump: 35.0"

Broad jump: 126.0"

3 Cone drill: 6.80 seconds, a top performance for his position group

20-yard shuttle run: 4.13

60-yard shuttle run: 11.7

Here's Thomas doing the broad jump:


Thomas would make a solid first round pick, and with so many teams looking to add depth to with their receiver position, he could be among the first 31 drafted. He's widely considered one of the top five wideouts in this year's draft class.