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 Post subject: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:43 pm 
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DEMARYIUS THOMAS
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Georgia Tech Junior

PROS: A deceptive vertical threat that does a good job making plays downfield. Has good, strong hands with nice body control. Does a good job in traffic, as he plays the ball well in the air and usually will come down with the jump ball. Secures the ball before turning upfield after the catch, and will use his size to overpower smaller defensive backs.
CONS: Is not a burner and doesn't have great separation to make plays consistently down field at the next level. Needs to improve his blocking and doesn't hold them. Lacks polish as a route-runner. Seems a bit heavy.
OVERVIEW: His role in Georgia Tech's offense is basically to go deep, where Josh Nesbitt says, "I'll throw it up, you catch it." But if he's not doing that, then he's doing little. He averaged 25.1 yards per reception last year.
NFL FORECAST: There's plenty of reason to believe that Thomas can be an impact playmaker at the next level eventually, just very little to think that will be in the very near future. His learning curve in playing in the NFL is fairly steep. He doesn't have a lot of experience running a variety of routes and patterns, thus his route-running needs plenty of work, and he doesn't possess the speed and burst to be a significant vertical option in the pros. He'll make plays downfield, but not to any degree that anyone would call him a deep threat by traditional standards. So he's a project essentially. I think him losing some weight could help him since in the bowl game vs. Iowa looked like he had a bit of a gut. He's thickly built, which makes him a difficult matchup, but I'd guess he looked probably closer to 240 pounds in that game, so that would have to be monitored. His size and ability means that he projects well to being a good possession wideout at the next level. The only problem is that he's only been used as a vertical threat only, so there is a high learning curve to become essentially a brand new player. So it's going to take time and teams will have to be patient. He's another boom/bust prospect.
ATL FORECAST: Thomas could be an impact player in Atlanta, eventually working his way as the No. 2 option on the outside opposite White. But he's going to take a lot of polish. But there is reason to believe he can be better than Jenkins down the road. His size and strength mean he could be a more reliable option in traffic and the redzone. But at this point there's no reason to believe he will be better than Jenkins in any other regard. He'd be a project in Atlanta that could succeed Jenkins three years down the road, but the team isn't likely to get a whole lot from him between now and then other than occasional flashes as a fourth option.
VALUE: Thomas has first round potential based off his upside, but because he's a bit of a project, I'd hold on drafting him until to the middle or latter part of the second round.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

SPEED: 3.0
HANDS: 4.0
AFTER CATCH: 3.5
BODY CONTROL: 4.0
RANGE: 3.0

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 Post subject: Re: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:05 pm 
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Pros: Has a great combination of size, speed, athleticism and strength. He is an extremely physical receiver. He attacks the ball in the air, high points it and makes catches in traffic with ease. He adjusts to the ball very well in the air also. He has very strong hands and they are reliable. He is a big threat after the catch because he is such a load to bring down and he attacks defenders when they try to tackle him. He has demonstrated a powerful stiff arm and shows a burst to get yards after the catch after he gets into the open field. He has speed to threaten downfield and to be a vertical threat in the NFL. He flashes some burst to get in and out of his routes to create separation. He is also a very imposing blocker and will absolutely lay his man out if he gets the opportunity. He will help out in the running game as a receiver which is always a bonus.

Cons: He doesn’t have elite speed to threaten defenses vertically. He can get deep, but he won’t get behind many NFL defensive backs unless he improves his route running, which is another issue with him. He has the ability to get open, but a number of times when I watched him make a big play he would get open or make the play despite his route running, not because of it. He has flashed the ability to burn corners with a nice hesitation double move, but outside of that he does not run routes very well. I think he has the work ethic and desire to improve in this area, there just wasn’t a lot of opportunity to do so at Georgia Tech. But it is definitely something that will keep him from making an early impact in the NFL.

Overall: I really like Thomas as a prospect. I had seen him live and I thought he looked good, but I never really scouted him specifically until recently and I have to say I was pretty blown away by some of the plays he was making. His ability to physically impose his will on defenders after the catch reminds me of what Terrell Owens used to do on the 49ers or on the Eagles. He has a great stiff arm and can just shrug off poor tackles and get upfield. He can threaten downfield because of his leaping ability and because he makes such great adjustments to the ball when it is in the air, but he won’t be a burner in the NFL by any means. If he is going to develop into a great NFL WR, which I think he definitely has the potential to do, he has to improve his route running. If he can improve his route running he will improve his ability to create separation and to get deep as he works to improve his double move. He is already a pretty effective blocker though and really attacks defenders when blocking which is great to see from a receiver. I think he has true #1 WR potential and with a year or two of coaching in terms of route running he could really emerge as an effective receiver. I have a feeling he could be one of those receivers who absolutely bursts onto the scene as a 3rd year WR and take the league by storm, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he started to have an impact in his 2nd season at all.

Projection: I think he could go as early as #25 to the Ravens or maybe even #21 to the Bengals if they like him (or if Dez Bryant doesn’t slide). Otherwise he will go in the late 1st or very early 2nd round range. But I think he has top 15 potential, though it likely won’t be realized for a year or two in the league as he improves his route running.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

SPEED: 3.5
HANDS: 4.5
AFTER CATCH: 4.5
BODY CONTROL: 4.5
RANGE: 4.0
ROUTE RUNNING: 2.0

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