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.
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
• 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.
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.