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100 in 100: Demaryius Thomas (30 of 100)

Demaryius Thomas has climbed the ladder to the top of being considered one of the better Wide Receivers entering the NFL this year. Being that he is coming from a team that's primary objective was to run the ball, and still managed to rack up 1000+ Yards receiving this year on the amount of catches he had (46), warrants all the attention he is getting. It makes one wonder how he would have done if he would have played for a University that's main objective was to pass the ball. Thomas stands at 6'3" and weighs in at 229; comparisons have been drawn to players such as Andre Johnson and Vincent Jackson because of the size and physical nature that Thomas brings to the table.

In 2006, Thomas was a redshirt true freshman and did not receive any playing time but in 2007 played in all 13 games. In 2008, Thomas was a clear-cut starter and led the team in receiving and emerged as one of the most skilled players in the ACC. 2009, the Georgia Tech receiver was said to be the best Wide Receiver the program had seen since Calvin Johnson.

Throughout the course of Thomas' career he has proven that he has the potential to be a solid starter in the NFL. Will he live up to that potential is the question. Sometimes players are built up in hype and never live up to their potential and others that don't get as much hype do things that people speculated not possible. I think Thomas falls somewhere in the middle of those two scenarios. There will be some things that he does great at the next level and some things that won't translate too well in to the NFL. He will obviously need to work hard at the things he struggles at initially to get to that elite level.

Below, we will take alook at some of Bey Bey's stats, highlights, and projections...

 

This video shows that Thomas has exceptional hands and that the smaller defensive backs have a very difficult time covering him and bringing him down. The one thing this video misses, is how well Thomas can block. It showed one block against Georgia where he came and and sealed off the inside for his back to get to the outside. Georgia Tech ran the ball a bunch so naturally Thomas had to develop good blocking skills.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

  • 2009 First Team All-ACC
  • 2007 ACC All Freshman Team
  • 2007 Honorable Mention All American Freshman Team

CAREER STATS:

Stats Overview Receiving Rushing Fumbles
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 35 558 15.9 56 3 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2008 39 627 16.1 88 3 2 29 14.5 15 0 0 0
2009 46 1154 25.1 76 8 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0
2009 Regular Season Game Log Receiving Rushing Fumbles
DATE OPP RESULT   REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
9/5 Jacksonville State W 37-17 4 101 25.3 56 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/10 Clemson W 30-27 3 93 31.0 39 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/17 @Miami (FL) L 33-17 6 133 22.2 56 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/26 North Carolina W 24-7 3 35 11.7 16 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/3 @Mississippi State W 42-31 8 174 21.8 65 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/10 @Florida State W 49-44 2 84 42.0 73 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/17 Virginia Tech W 28-23 1 51 51.0 51 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/24 @Virginia W 34-9 3 76 25.3 52 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/31 @Vanderbilt W 56-31 4 76 19.0 35 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/7 Wake Forest W 30-27 3 38 12.7 14 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/14 @Duke W 49-10 2 89 44.5 75 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/28 Georgia L 30-24 5 127 25.4 76 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
12/5 @Clemson W 39-34 2 77 38.5 70 1 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0
2009 Postseason Game Log Receiving Rushing Fumbles
BOWL OPP RESULT   REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
FedEx ORANGE BOWL Iowa L 24-14 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

 

SUMMARY AND PROJECTIONS:

There hasn't been too many people that I have seen that don't think very highly of Thomas but there are a few out there. I don't really see too many flaws in his game and for how big and sure-handed he is he should be drafted accordingly. It is believed by most that Thomas will be a 2nd Round pick. There is a slight chance for him to fall in to the 3rd but I would be shocked if he did.

Possibilities -- 2nd Round, 3rd Round.