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Some draft prognosticators question Mike Thomas' ability to succeed in the NFL simply because he's 5-foot-8 and 193 pounds. But I don't think it's wise for anyone to doubt the Pac-10 Conference's all-time leading receiver who pulled in 259 catches during his college career.
At Arizona, Thomas was an all-purpose threat who logged 4,891 yards—fourth-best in Arizona history—and 23 touchdown catches, which put him in a tie for third-place in the school's record book. He caught passes, ran with the ball and returned punts.
Likable and highly coachable, Thomas is a self-described country boy who has a refreshing down-to-earth demeanor despite his success.
"First and foremost, I think I'm a playmaker," he said during a recent phone interview. "The only knock on me at this point is my height, and I am what I am. But I'm quick and fast, I'm strong and I love to play the game."
Thomas could develop into a serious threat out of the slot position at the next level. He's only one inch shorter than Welker, who pulled-in 111 passes last year for 1,165 yards for the Patriots. Thomas is roughly eight pounds heavier and he's got terrific leaping ability that he showcased with his 40.5-inch vertical jump, third-best among wide receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
"I'm not a skinny guy, so I'm not afraid of going across the middle and taking big hits," he said. "But once you elude that, there's a lot of room— and you can put a lot of pain into the middle of that field for a defense."
Thomas will compete with Torry Holt, Mike Walker, and Thomas' body clone, Dennis Northcutt for reps at receiver. Thomas can also compete with Northcutt and Brian Witherspoon for kickoff and punt return duties.
Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.
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