Draft Profile: BioAfter high school, Thomas opted to join NC State.
In 2018 as a freshman Thomas saw action in 13 games for the Wolfpack as he made 34 receptions for a solid 383 yards for an average of 11.3 yards per reception, with 3 TDs, and an excellent QB rating when targeted of 97.8.
As a sophomore in 2019 he played 12 games and had a solid 31 catches for 330 yards for an average of 10.6 yards per catch, with 3 TDs, and a solid QB rating when targeted of 63.7.
As a junior in 2020 he played 12 games and hauled in a solid 42 catches for a solid 529 yards for an average of 12.6 yards per catch, with 6 TDs, and an outstanding QB rating when targeted of 127.7.
As a senior in 2021 he played 12 games and had an excellent 51 catches for a solid 596 yards for an average of 11.7 yards per catch, 8 TDs, and an outstanding QB rating when targeted of 132.4.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- He’s also a catch-and-run threat, a creative runner who has good vision in the open field; he’ll be an option to return kicks as well.
- Often used on deep routes, getting separation down the sideline or over the middle on crossing routes by extending his arms rather than pure speed.
- Thomas is quicker than fast and lacks elite wheels to simply blow by defenders, but Thomas has good football speed.
- Tracks the ball well downfield and shows good ball skills, including the ability to go up and high-point it in contested-catch situations.
- Although he is more of a possession target than a field stretcher, he fiercely competitive demeanor and run-after-catch ability make him a major threat in the middle of the field.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Does not always use his hands to secure deep throws, allowing the ball into his pads and chest.
- Hands are good, not great. Will drop some easy balls and sometimes will body catch. Occasionally fails to high point.
- He’s not physically imposing. Thomas is small-framed and won’t be able to carry much more weight.
- He also had problems with drops when coming back to the action. Thomas has some issues against press coverage, sometimes spending too much time hand fighting at the line of scrimmage.
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