NFL Draft Spotlight: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

by Cory J. Bonini on April 19, 2010 @ 03:53:07 PDT

 


Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas chose to skip his senior season with the Yellow Jackets and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. The only problem is Thomas suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot while training for the NFL Scouting Combine, and health will determine his draft value.

Strengths

  • Big-play ability (averaged 25.1 yards per reception last year on 46 catches)
  • Excellent size: 6-foot-3, 224 pounds
  • Tough for cornerbacks to tackle
  • Red zone threat
  • Quality body control
  • Soft, strong hands
  • Long strider with decent enough speed
  • Very good blocker when he wants to be

Weaknesses

  • No second gear
  • Inconsistent
  • Lack of big-time production
  • Doesn't have open-field moves or ability to escape in tight quarters
  • Doesn't sell his routes well
  • Separation isn't there

Expected draft placement

Despite a very tough childhood (mother and grandmother sent to prison for selling drugs), Thomas seems to be of good character. He ran on his surgically repaired foot less than a week before the draft and said it felt good. Thomas added that he was at 90 percent. He is probably looking at being a second-round selection. We don't see him being a game-changing player at the next level, but a good coaching staff may be able to get the most out of Thomas.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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