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Demaryius Thomas looks like the complete package

While perusing through random January mock NFL Drafts, we couldn’t help but notice one player absent from many of the projected first rounds.  Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas didn’t make SI.com’s top 32, or Mel Kiper’s initial mock of draft season.

Thomas, the Yellow Jackets’ leading receiver in 2009, declared for the draft a year early after leading the ACC in receiving yards and averaging 25.1 yards per reception as a junior.  He caught just 46 passes, but Georgia Tech only connected on 78 throws all season.  Thomas accounted for nearly 60 percent of the school’s completions.
He also gained extensive blocking experience in coach Paul Johnson’s decidedly run-heavy offense, beat constant double teams, and averaged 19.49 yards per catch for his career as a three-year starter.
At 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds, Thomas resembles another Georgia Tech alum that has rapidly developed into one of the NFL’s elite receivers.  We have a feeling that Thomas will be among the “late risers” leading up to draft day, and would be pretty surprised if he isn’t taken on day one.
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21 Responses to “Demaryius Thomas looks like the complete package”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 29, 2010 2:19 PM

    If I was in the draft, I would be honored to be left off of anything affiliated with Mel Kiper.

  2. mjace71 says: Jan 29, 2010 2:21 PM

    Yes! Finally someone brings this up. I’m a GT season ticket holder and “baby Calvin” is gonna be a big time player in the NFL.

  3. CapsLockKey says: Jan 29, 2010 2:21 PM

    This story reads like it was written by Thomas’ agent.

  4. JJCheesehead says: Jan 29, 2010 2:23 PM

    too bad the Packers already have a very talented group of receivers. they would never put Driver out to pasture especially with him being such a fan favorite, so it looks like there is no chance the Packers draft Thomas.
    The ACC has some great players, too bad they dont have any great teams.

  5. organizedchaos says: Jan 29, 2010 2:32 PM

    More of a 2nd-3rd rd prospect because of his size/speed. He basically only ran the go-route at GT. Needs to prove he can do more in workouts.

  6. Kevin H says: Jan 29, 2010 2:34 PM

    Shhhhhhhhhhhh………

  7. shwangyo says: Jan 29, 2010 2:34 PM

    Im sick of people saying day 1 prospect when referring to a guy who won’t be drafted in round 1. Does everyone realize Goodell changed the whole draft so that day 1 is only the 1st round?

  8. Dayton Flyer says: Jan 29, 2010 2:41 PM

    God I hope the bengals can snag him late in round 2. I’d even be happy if they took him in round 1.

  9. BDiddy says: Jan 29, 2010 2:46 PM

    E-A-G-L-E-S – EAGLES!
    DJax at flanker, D Thomas at split end, Maclin in the slot, Celek at TE.

  10. JJCheesehead says: Jan 29, 2010 2:55 PM

    im glad bdiddy can spell.

  11. Pockets Straight says: Jan 29, 2010 2:57 PM

    He’s slow, a 4.6 40 compared 4.3 for Calvin Johnson. How is he going to get separation in the Pros??

  12. TheVillain112 says: Jan 29, 2010 3:06 PM

    Might take some time for his route running skills to develop but once it does watch out.

  13. Gelardia says: Jan 29, 2010 3:22 PM

    What does he lack? An honest smile. That was one sketchy ass smile in the video you linked to.

  14. sethb22 says: Jan 29, 2010 3:22 PM

    No, No, No. He may have first round characteristics but he isnt a first round pick. Where is his explosion and elusiveness after the catch?.. He was never double teamed.. I like him a lot but Paul Johnson is a genius(and asshole!) that gets guys open a lot. With that said, its the deepest draft in years and he won’t be taken in the first round. looks a lot more like David Boston the anyone though.

  15. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jan 29, 2010 3:25 PM

    Thanks for linking to the Kiper Mock… you get to see the first three guesses, then they want you to pony up for ESPN Insider account.
    Why would I pay for conjecture when I can get it here (and on a million other sites) for free?
    ESPN can kiss my ass.

  16. CT Pats Fan says: Jan 29, 2010 3:26 PM

    Good downfield blocking? Mmmmmm, perfect for those Patriots bubble screens, and oh, the Pats have three 2nd round picks….

  17. Seeryer says: Jan 29, 2010 3:33 PM

    I’m with you Evan. I think the fact that he did not play in a sophisticated passing offense also makes scouts hesitant on him. They think he may be a project when it comes to the route tree. I think he is faster than the 4.6 Pockets Straight mentions above. The person he reminds me of is TO, not Calvin Johnson. From a physical perspective.

  18. Tdk24 says: Jan 29, 2010 3:43 PM

    If Calvin is Megatron, can we call this dude Bumble Bee?

  19. Bech72 says: Jan 29, 2010 3:44 PM

    Might want to stick to reporting on the NFL, not scouting future players. The first day this year is the 1st round and it is going to take one helluva combine and pro day performance to elevate Thomas that high. He has a ton of potential and should be a great pro, but comparing him to Calvin Johnson doesn’t really work.
    He’s a 2nd round guy.

  20. tian says: Jan 29, 2010 4:08 PM

    Thomas is funny. He is a good downfield blocker. Plus, they literally would just toss it high in the air somewhere close to him and he would make the catch. I mean, there was no absolutely no rhyme or accuracy. It literally was just a toss and a hope.

  21. shwangyo says: Jan 29, 2010 4:39 PM

    Love the guy but his game ending drop at the end of the Georgia game didn’t help either

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