Originally Posted by TheMikeIsHot
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.
Devin Thomas just two years ago lasted alllll the way to 34...and he played in a more pro offense. This is with him blowing up workouts all offseason after a very good season at MSU. Malcolm Kelly too went in the 2nd...It's really not that rare for a WR who isn't a finished product to not go in the first.
The fact is, the position has a ton of athletes at it...it's WR it's a position made for athletes. The minor things separate guys, and Thomas doesn't have that full package of little things that add up into big things. Sure, he CAN be there in two years, but alot of guys at alot of positions can have that said about him in this draft.
Also, Matt Jones is not a pick any team would make twice, and Jones didn't have a broken foot at the time. JPP...well at least he has positional value on his side, even if I don't think that means anything for a guy with what...6 Big East starts?
Maybe if Thomas comes back and has a workout that shows off better agility than he showed in college then sure, but there's alot in his way of going in the first round. Teams don't exactly fall over themselves for WRs in the first either...Bryant and Crabtree are two ridiculously talented WRs and 10 might be the highest spot either goes in their drafts.