Scouting Report: Demaryius Thomas

Written by Rob Engle on April 5, 2010




Demaryius Thomas


Position: WR School: Georgia Tech
Height: 6’3 1/4" Weight: 224 lbs
Class: RS Junior 40 time: -.–

Overall Grade:

6.38

Draft Projection:

Early 2nd round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 4.5
Strength/Explosion 10 9.5
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 7
Character 6 5.5
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 7.5
Potential 10 10


Wide Receiver Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Route Running 10 4.5
Hands 10 9
Blocking 4 4
Short Routes 8 5
Deep Routes 8 7
Elusiveness/YAC 8 5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

A really big, physically imposing wide receiver. He’s got big, soft hands and he uses them well to catch away from his body. Has the most potential of any receiver in the draft because of his physical attributes. Although he didn’t have eye-popping statistics because of the system he played in. Thomas was fairly productive and has a lot of playing experience. He is a great blocker and usually takes at least one player out on a running play. He seems willing to make all of the catches over the middle, but didn’t have many opportunities to do so.

Weaknesses

Like all Georgia Tech offensive players, he’s extremely hard to evaluate. The triple option offense leaves him in single coverage most of the time, sometimes with safety help over the top on obvious passing downs. He has almost no change of direction skills and is very much a slow twitch kind of player – he takes a while to get up to full speed and doesn’t change direction well so making multiple moves in a route could be difficult. Had some lapses in concentration which led to some dropped catchable balls. Disappeared in parts of some games. Will probably need a lot of experience and time to learn a real NFL route tree before he makes an impact.

Analysis

Demaryius “Bay Bay” Thomas is by far the most questionable WR prospect for the 2010 draft because it’s so hard to get a good evaluation of him. He has so much potential but is so raw that it could mean a lot of teams pass on him if they want a more NFL-ready prospect. He’s a high risk high reward type of player, and that’s the kind of player I usually tend to stay away from in the 1st round.

Experience

Started 10 games his sophomore season and started every game his junior season. Was a redshirt his freshman season.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: Honorable Mention Freshman All-America (Sporting News). ACC?All-Freshman Team (Sporting News)

Academics

Management major at Georgia Tech.

Injuries

Broke his foot while training for the NFL Combine after his junior season.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD Rush Yards TD
2009 46 1154 25.1 76 8 1 3 0
2008 39 627 16.1 88 3 2 29 0
2007 35 558 15.9 56 3 1 0 0



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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.