Devin Thomas Scouting Report

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Devin Thomas Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: Big10
School: Michigan State Spartans
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #5
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 218 lbs.
Drafted 2.3 in 2008 by WAS

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State

Devin Thomas is a difficult prospect to project. He played sparingly as a sophomore after coming from junior college, but his junior year stats are hard to argue with. This past season, Thomas caught 79 passes for 1260 yards (an average of 15.9 yards per catch). He finished with 8 TDs and averaged 96.9 yards per game. Those numbers are good, but the Spartans were a run first team this year. Even more astounding is what a big part of their passing attack he actually was. The second, third, fourth, and fifth leading receivers for Michigan State combined for just 1228 yards this season. The fact that he could get open enough to put up those numbers when every team they played was gunning for him is remarkable. Thomas' freshman season in junior college was also a productive one. He caught 33 passes for 674 yards and 5 TDs. His average of 20.4 yards per catch show what a big play threat he can be. His freshman season he also returned kicks and punts, averaging 29.1 yards per kick return and 105.5 all purpose yards per game. Thomas has good size and good speed. He's strong and won't be easily pushed around by NFL defensive backs. Thomas should be selected in the second round. Devin Thomas is yet another of the Big Ten players to have a great combine performance. Thomas shocked scouts by running a 4.40 in the 40 yard dash. At 6'2" and 218 lbs., Thomas has the speed to stretch defenses and the size to go over the middle. Thomas' 40 time will have some teams thinking about him as a first round possibility, but he will likely still be taken at the top of round two. Devin Thomas continues to rise up draft boards, partly because of his performances and partly because of disappointing numbers put up by other receivers. Thomas showed off his athleticism with his 33 inch vertical leap at Michigan State's pro day. He also registered 16 reps on the bench press, which he had declined to do at the combine. Thomas has moved himself into position to be taken in the first round, possibly by Dallas, Tennessee, Seattle, or San Francisco.

Last Updated Apr-02-2008 by Randall Weida

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