PFF scouting report: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

Gordon McGuinness and the PFF draft analysts breaks down OSU's Michael Thomas ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

| 1 year ago
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

PFF scouting report: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

Here is the PFF draft profile for Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position fit:

Outside wide receiver – 670 of his 711 snaps in 2015 were spent on the outside

Stat to know:

Dropped just five of the 115 catchable passes thrown his way over the past two seasons

What he does best:

• Very good hands, just five drops in 2014 and 2015
• Good after the catch, averaged 6.6 yards after the catch per reception and forced a missed tackle on 23.2 percent of his receptions in 2015
• Uses hands well to defeat press coverage, helping to create separation
• Impressive footwork, looked very good on double moves


Biggest concern:

• Is not slow, but not a complete burner either, running a 4.57 40 yard dash at the scouting combine
• Potentially held back by quarterback play, but overall lack of production is a minor concern with just 110 receptions for 1,580 yards over the past two seasons

Pro Style Comparison:

Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals: Floyd has had a fairly successful career for the Cardinals as the secondary option behind Larry Fitzgerald. Thomas matches up well with him size wise, and has shown the ability to go up and win the ball. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him have a similar career to Floyd and come in either just about or below 1,000 yards per season once he’s established himself in the league.

Bottom line:

Thomas has the potential to develop into a number one receiver, particularly given his ability to shake loose with double moves. At worst there’s a good chance that he’s a very good number two receiver, and would fit well in most offenses.


| Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst

Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.

  • mrmxyz

    Nice size, no risk @ where ur gonna draft him @, outta big time program where he made an impact, can only rise under little to no pressure.

    • Tim Edell

      I see him more as a #2 WR then then the focal point of a teams passing attack. Reminds me of Michael Crabtree.. Solid but not exceptional player. There is definite risk involved eith this pick as most mocks have him going anywhere from mid 1 to mid 2.

      • Adam Banig


  • Shane

    I think he went to the right place to shine. On any other team, he would be just another name on the stat sheet. In New Orleans, I think he’ll fall in line with the rest of the WRs on any given year. There’s lots of mouths to feed in that offense, and Drew likes to spread the ball around. Like Colston, there’ll be games where he has a chance to be one-all-win-all that day. I think adding Thomas to the mix, (with Fleener) finally completes the receivers. Now all that’s needed is a Pierre Thomas like screen back and a Sproles like homerun receiver out of the backfield to be close to the 2011 squad.