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Prospect Profile: Michael Thomas



Wide receiver | Ohio State | Junior

Height: 6 feet, 3 inches | Weight:212 pounds

College stats

2015: recorded a team-high 56 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns in starting all 13 games; ranked second on the Buckeyes in receiving yards and touchdowns; had at least four catches in 10 of 13 games; named Third-Team All-Big Ten

Career:totaled 113 receptions (13th in school history), 1,602 yards (18th) and 18 receiving touchdowns (tied for eighth) in starting 27 of 39 games played (three seasons); elevated from three catches for 22 yards as a freshman reserve to 54 for 799 and nine touchdowns as a sophomore starter who helped the Buckeyes claim the first College Football Playoff national title; returned for his junior season and nearly mirrored his stat line from the previous season

Combine results

40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds

Bench press:  18 repetitions of 225 pounds *

Vertical jump: 35 inches

Broad jump: 10 feet, 6 inches

3-cone drill: 6.80 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.13 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 11.70 seconds

*Tied for third among wide receivers at the combine


Summary: Thomas is the nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick of the 1996 NFL Draft. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and posted 86 receptions for a whopping 1,656 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior season of high school at Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, California, but didn't draw interest from his uncle's alma mater (USC) or its rival (UCLA). Thomas opted to enroll for a year at Fork Union Military Academy (Virginia) in 2011 and wound up rooming with future Buckeyes teammate Cardale Jones.

After limited playing time as a freshman at Ohio State, Thomas emerged with back-to-back consistent seasons and trumped Johnson's two-year college touchdown catch total of 16 by two scores. Thomas' combination of height, weight and speed could help him transition to the next level.

Stacking up:NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock initially ranked Thomas as the third-best receiver in this year's draft class, but slid him down to a tie for fifth after the combine. Bucky Brooks listed Thomas as his fifth-best receiver in the field.

Route development:Thomas said during his media session at the combine that his route to this point was a little different than he originally envisioned, but he made the adjustment. He also said he has confidence in his ability to run routes he wasn't asked to execute in Ohio State's offense. 

"I had a plan the whole time, it didn't go straight line, but I corrected it, got back on track, now I'm just chasing my dream," said Thomas, later adding, "Routes are routes, get out of your breaks as fast as you can and create separation. I feel like I've got that, I feel like I showed that on my routes."

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