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Old 03-31-2009, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Mike Thomas rookie visit

Mike Thomas is visiting the team today according to PG.

Looks like a WR / KR prospect at perhaps 4th round

Here's his profile from WalterFootball:

Mike Thomas, Arizona
Height: 5-8. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Combine 40 Time: 4.40.
Pro Day 40 Time: DNP.
Vertical: 40.5. Broad: 10-6.
Projected Round (2009): 4-5.
1/4/09: Mike Thomas had 75 receptions, 834 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. More importantly for his stock, he had two punt returns for scores.

10/19/08: After a solid start, Mike Thomas' production has dropped in Pac-10 play.

5/22/08: If it weren't for Mike Thomas' height... Thomas, a kick returner with a solid 40, caught 83 passes for 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2007. His 5-9 frame hurts his draft stock.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:14 PM   #2
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Draft prospect visits Steelers
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Thomas, a 5-foot-8 1/2 wide receiver from University of Arizona, became the first college prospect from outside the area to visit the Steelers today.

Thomas earned all-Pac 10 honors last season as a receiver and punt returner. He set the conference record with 259 career receptions and was timed at 4.30 in the 40-yard sprint at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

The Steelers, who lost No. 3 receiver Nate Washington in free agency, would like to draft a receiver with good speed who also could return punts and/or kickoffs for them.

Thomas is the first of 30 prospects the Steelers are permitted to entertain at their facility before the draft.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09090/959538-100.stm
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Default Re: Mike Thomas rookie visit

I believe I'm already on record as really liking this guy as a future Steeler.

If we had the opportunity, I'd pick him.

Some other WR's I would consider in the mid/late rounds are Austin Colle, Jarret Dillard, Mohamed Massaquoi and possibly Deon Butler.
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I've really liked Thomas since the first I heard of him. If we took him even as high as the third I would be happy. Good kid, solid player. If he was taller his value would be ridiculously higher but height is overrated. I think Thomas will be a steal wherever he is taken.
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5'9"?

Isn't Steve Smith 5'9"?

KR is good. WR competition is good. We have an extra 5th round pick. Why not?
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5'9"?

Isn't Steve Smith 5'9"?

KR is good. WR competition is good. We have an extra 5th round pick. Why not?
It would be nice if he turned out like Steve Smith.
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It would be nice if he turned out like Steve Smith.
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Well, he doesn't need to be Steve Smith II to be valuable...I was just pointing out that dudes like Smith and Sproles can ball even though they are just little fella's...
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Default Re: Mike Thomas rookie visit

Agreed that the size isn't going to keep him from contributing. He's quite stout so should be a good blocker, good runner for reverses etc. Could be a wes welker sort of guy.

The speed is good too. A lot of tone's big catches, he's 5 yards behnd the defender and he's catching the ball off of his hip.
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