Originally Posted by SenorGato
Oh I have little doubts he'll take coaching well and do all those things. But the fact that he's so far behind those other guys in development will keep him out of the first. I just believe that WRs get drafted in the first round for their polish rather than their size and potential.
There's tons of non-1st round WRs who are top WRs...it's not an insult on Thomas...it's that guys with his profile coming out of college rarely actually go in the first, even if they get the talk. I think where Thomas went in our big mock is right where he'll go in real life...very early 2nd to a WR starved offense like TB. Hell, TB is probably the team that would pick him there if they didn't grab Bryant at 3 (which they might not).
The truth is, there's a good deal of projecting involved with any player that's drafted. He's the type of rare athlete that teams will take a chance on in the 1st round because they believe they can mold him into an all-pro.
It's all about finding hard working guys with top tier ability. And it's not like he doesn't have any of this polish you speak of. He makes plays on the ball better than anyone not named Bryant. What players that came out in recent memory have a similar profile to Thomas?
I'll stand by my position of if he was able to work out, he would be going top15, polish or not. Players that big, fast and athletic with ball skills don't last very long.
You act like teams only take WRs from a Pro-Style system with 3 years of playing time and unquestioned route running in the 1st round. That just isn't the case. I mean, Matt Jones was a QB convert and taken in the 1st round. The 1st round is where athletic freaks go. Does JPP have any business being a top 15 pick? Probably not. But it's where he's going because teams fall in love with size and speed.