Mike Mayock: Georgia Tech WR Thomas headed to Falcons

 

D. Orlando Ledbetter posing after doing segment on the NFL Network. (Photo by Brian Cearns)

D. Orlando Ledbetter posing after doing a segment on the NFL Network. (Photo by Brian Cearns)

BIRDLAND – Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is one of the hard luck stories of the 2010 draft.

He can’t workout for teams because he suffered a broken foot while running in the three-cone drill in February. He had a screw surgically implanted in the foot to help it heal.

Last season, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a stress fracture and was not able to workout at the NFL scouting combine. He went to the San Francisco 49ers with the 10th pick of the draft.

Thomas needed a good showing at the combine to solidify his first round status. Now, he might not get a chance to show off his speed and pass catching ability before the NFL draft, which will be held April 22 to 24.

The NFL Network's Mike Mayock

The NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

The question on Thomas is whether if he can run an NFL route tree. At Tech, he ran a bunch of streaks. There’s not a lot of game tape of him coming out of breaks, running crossing routes, or other NFL style pass routes.

There is a wildcard at play with Thomas.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and Falcons coach Mike Smith are best buds back from their college coaching days when they were recruiting metro Atlanta. If there is any question about Thomas’ route running ability, Smith already has the answer.

Perhaps, there is some Georgia Tech film that finds its way to Flowery Branch and points beyond that shows Thomas running every route imaginable.

The NFL Network is running its Path to the Draft show and the Falcons were up on Friday. We talked

Bucky Brooks back in his Green Bay days.

Bucky Brooks back in his Green Bay days.

about Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham and Florida center Maurkice Pouncey.

Then Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks came on.

Mayock thinks the Falcons should take Thomas. Brooks said they should take South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre Paul.

We know where most of the fan base is with regards to Weatherspoon, Graham and Pouncey.

But what about Thomas? Could Thomas really be traveling just up the highway to Flowery Branch? What about Pierre-Paul?

235 comments Add your comment

Kenny Powers

March 29th, 2010
7:19 am

austin emmet

March 29th, 2010
7:21 am

first! good call on thomas coming to the falcons. he would fit our system well

austin emmet

March 29th, 2010
7:22 am

maybe second

NO!

March 29th, 2010
7:31 am

No WR needed in round 1, we have enough help there. Please TD draft an OLB or DE unless someone falls that we just can’t pass up. See: Spiller, Hayden, one of the OT’s.

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Dan

March 29th, 2010
7:33 am

If we are enamored about the WR position I would trade up for Dez Bryant or sign Brandon Marshall and give Denver our #1

Dan

March 29th, 2010
7:36 am

On a side note any interest of the FALCONS in Alex Brown DE

chris taylor

March 29th, 2010
7:46 am

Exactly Dan….You dont want the unproven concensus second choice at WR, at least with our 1st rd. pick. Mayock picks based on value and after DOL mentioned Spoon, Graham, and Pouncy there are only so many players left that have value at 19. Mayock has JPP as his best DE so why would he fall to us and not Graham. We should be so lucky. Bucky & Mayock make splashes with there choices cause the guests [DOL] seem to know who they’re teams are focusing on.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 29th, 2010
7:55 am

stick with a D player in the 1st round…go with a WR in the 3rd/4th rounds. JPP/Spoon/Graham all sound good

Marvin Mangrum

March 29th, 2010
7:55 am

You do not use your first pick for a receiver. Damn, does somebody pay you!

Beck

March 29th, 2010
7:57 am

Really, Dan, you think the Falcons, who covet draft picks, and are a team-first organization, are going to pick up a malcontent like Marshall? Really?

chris taylor

March 29th, 2010
8:00 am

If they do look at Alex Brown it certianly would end the choice between Graham & Spoon. Teams & the communitys that love them all have their “man crush” picks. Hell, we’ve already nicknamed ours. I personally think Graham is a once in a blue moon DE. Maybe Atlanta is considering the move to 3-4 in a few seasons and wants to start on the LB’s now. Graham-pass rush…Spoon-pass rush & Coverage. Team would probably benefit more from Spoon imediately but TD is working the 5 yr plan. Abraham’s contract is up after 2011, thats my reasoning for Graham, just dont see Bey Bey happening at 19.

Dawgforlife

March 29th, 2010
8:05 am

I am a dyed in the wool UGA fan, hence the name; however, I think Thomas is going to be an amazing pro. He has a size, speed, strength, ratio like no one else in this draft. He is th strongest receiver at going and getting the football to come into the league since Fitz. Yes, we have many needs on defense, and I am sure on a logical level defense is the pick. But, this guys skill set…WOW! If we pass him over for defense, I hope the player drastically improves our play; because, then we’re gonna have to defend Thomas after having been passed over by his hometown team.

kenny

March 29th, 2010
8:06 am

Seems like a smart pick to me, if the defensive players that the falcons are looking at are not there. why waste your pick on a center that is going to have to wait at least a year maybe two , to be able to play. i saw JJP play quite a bit last year , and just think he might just be overated. I could see the falcons taking spoon , but if he isnt available, then why not upgrade your play makers on the other side of the ball. yes, we do need help at linebacker , why waste it if your pick isnt there and get a player that does not have pro bowl potential.

shannyeight

March 29th, 2010
8:09 am

I like B. Marshall, but NOT enough to give away a 1st round draft pick. I’m stickin with pick a DE in the 1st, then snag a LB. After that, they can do whatever.

chris taylor

March 29th, 2010
8:09 am

Too much 3rd talent at WR to risk 1st pick on Bey Bey. That being said, he’ll probably be a perenial probowler to make me an a$$. Thats why i’m a roofing contractor instead of a GM.

4th and 10....

March 29th, 2010
8:09 am

…game on the line – ball goes to Bay Bay, and he drops it! – Game over…

Or is it....

March 29th, 2010
8:12 am

…Bey Bey? He still drops it – and the Dawgs survive and win over Tech on Historic Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium…

shannyeight

March 29th, 2010
8:13 am

And I think JPP is not a good pick @ 1. Maybe a 2nd or 3rd pick, but def not a 1st rounder

.

March 29th, 2010
8:14 am

Man, Is that you? picture?

The Real Falcon

March 29th, 2010
8:14 am

The truth of the matter is Mayock has no clue who we will pick at 19.
He either does not know what we need or throws darts a a board.
It’s about DEFENSE!

GetwhatUpayfor

March 29th, 2010
8:15 am

Fire Paul Hewitt………………….

chris taylor

March 29th, 2010
8:21 am

Does everyone believe we’ll atleast make playoffs as i do? If so, is it plausable to trade our 2011 1st rd pick for say the Rams 2nd rd. this year and some other pick. If we truly think we can go far in playoffs it would be only a several spot drop from whatever pick we get next yr. to the first 2nd pick this yr. who can be an immediate impact player. If we tool up and win superbowl it would only be 1 spot drop. A guy can wish can’t he….

RambleOn84

March 29th, 2010
8:24 am

A few bad drops aside, Thomas was a great player at Tech. He is a physical specimen, and could make our offense much more potent. I’ve been saying for a while that we shouldn’t overlook the possibility of Dimitroff beefing up our offense.

Michael Jenkins is mediocre at best and Roddy will be 29 years old this year. He has at most 4 more years to play at a high level…why not get a young receiver for Matt Ryan to grow with?

I am a guy who loves good defense, but we have to face facts: the NFL is a passing league…look at how the Saints won this year. They just had too many offensive weapons for other teams to deal with. I say we go with the receiver.

Also, I read an article where Dimitroff referred to wanting to get some more “weapons” for Matt Ryan. Good defensive players can be gotten in later rounds, but true #1 receivers are much more rare.

RambleOn84

March 29th, 2010
8:25 am

I like that thought, chris taylor…I’m not sure how quick Dimitroff will be to trade a future 1st rounder though…

RambleOn84

March 29th, 2010
8:28 am

I’d also like to add: we blew it in the 2007 draft when we could have traded up with the Lions to grab Calvin Johnson (another Tech man I might add); instead we got Jamaal Anderson, who has been a complete bust. We shouldn’t let another opportunity like this pass us by.

Mike Jay

March 29th, 2010
8:34 am

Interesting. Route running makes me nervous but the guy is physical and can run block. We certainly liek to run the ball.

On Marshall…If Donovan Mcnabb can’t fetch a first round pick in a trade no way does Marshall. Maybe a second, most likely a third and another later pick.

kurula

March 29th, 2010
8:55 am

i saw an awful lot of inconsistency in thomas last year. anyone remember the dropped passes vs. UGA? i just don’t see him getting any better than michael jenkins. i think that if you are the falcons, you don’t draft a receiver with a first round pick unless he has a #1 receiver skill set. i like the kid, i just don’t think you do that here. you have to get a defensive playmaker here. or cj spiller…if he slips.

as far as getting marshall…uh, no thanks. there is no ‘i’ in team…but with brandon marshall, there is a ‘me’.

wiley

March 29th, 2010
9:08 am

The falcons will be making a great decision if they draft Thomas. He is a great receiver and will be able to run multiple routes. The kid is a gamer…period.

wiley

March 29th, 2010
9:11 am

Kurula….so almost 1200 yards and averaging almost 100 yards a game is inconsistent? He was probably the most consistent receiver in the nation last year. Dont let your UGA bias lessen his talent…he is projected to the first round for a reason.

NFL junkie

March 29th, 2010
9:13 am

It does’nt make any sense at this point to draft a receiver in a very weak class of receivers, especially in this draft. DE, DE and DT are the strongest position in this draft. You have to draft defense. The Falcons need pass rush in the worse way. Abraham has needed some help on the other side for a while. A DE or pass rushing LB would be outstanding. Witherspoon, Graham or Griffen make sense. If we need another pass catcher, it makes more sense to draft a young TE with speed who can help stretch the field for Roddy White as well as learn from Tony Gonzales. Doren Dickerson from Pitt, Jimmy Graham from Miami could be good picks in the 3-4 rounds.

Foothills football fan

March 29th, 2010
9:14 am

I think Thomas could be a fine pro player. However, I think the Birds have gotta go defense, though I’m not sure it should be Pierre-Paul. F.W.I.W. I’ve read in some reviews that he has required some motivation during his workouts. If the chance to be a 1st round pick isn’t motivation enough that would concern me.

RambleOn84

March 29th, 2010
9:16 am

Jimmy Graham won’t last past the second, and we don’t have a second round pick.

coachx

March 29th, 2010
9:16 am

Mayock said he liked Graham “BUT IF THESE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS ARE OFF THE BOARD HE LIKES THOMAS.”

So yes……….if Weatherspoon and Graham are off the board when #19 comes around then I do like Thomas at #19.

RambleOn84

March 29th, 2010
9:18 am

Weatherspoon seems like a good pick, but I don’t understand the obsession with Graham…he is undersized and we already have good young DEs…unnecessary to draft a DE so high when we found two good ones in the later rounds the last two years.

MariettaFalcon

March 29th, 2010
9:19 am

Jason Pierre Paul – Falcons do need a DE but I would rather have someone with more experience.

D. Thomas – Very good player but I would rather have the Falcons choose a defensive player.

mr baseball is here

March 29th, 2010
9:23 am

TRADE DOWN WHERE IS THE SPILLER THEORY IN THIS BLOG?

Hamp

March 29th, 2010
9:24 am

I’m not really feeling the WR pick especially if you are not sure he can run the route tree. People stop calling for JPP his is RAW which means it will take two or three years to catch up to the NFL. I don’t care how well you speed rush the passer most veteran tackles can get the best of a young DE. He may start strong but once there is tape on his tendicies it will be over until he learns to adjust.

mr baseball is here

March 29th, 2010
9:30 am

the thing for the falcons is tebow will go before 19 if he does this will open up a slot for one of the top 19 that is on 25 other boards you win super bowls with depth and no major injuries, the saints were prime examples ,such as anybody look at new england brady went down the season was over so it makes sense to the falcons make sure you get prime people to protect ryan its not glamorous but the center makes sense

mr baseball is here

March 29th, 2010
9:32 am

its along time till september though.

PMC

March 29th, 2010
9:33 am

Are Thomas’s hands good enough to take him at 19? I mean that’s roughly the same time as Roddy White. I know he’s a good physical blocker. We would have two of the most physical WR’s in the league on the edges. I assume he’s reasonably fast, but we don’t know if he runs good routes or not, and we don’t know if he can catch much better than Michael Jenkins…. Don’t we need a defensive playmaker with less questions at 19?

RambleOn84

March 29th, 2010
9:39 am

PMC,
These are good questions, and I’m not sure…Dimitroff will do his homework. I think that IF he deems Thomas to be 1st round worthy, we should pull the trigger. Although you’re right that we have bigger needs on defense, I think in today’s game it’s more important to have a high-powered offense. The Saints won the Superbowl with an average (but opportunistic) defense. Our defense, especially once Jerry and Moore return, is already better than New Orleans’. We need an offense that can score points.

3DawgKnight

March 29th, 2010
9:42 am

Ahem; Jerry Hughes!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 29th, 2010
9:47 am

It’s Mayock theory. Watch the video. He’s saying Thomas will fall to the Falcons.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 29th, 2010
9:51 am

Touchdowns by Falcons wide receivers last year:
Roddy White 11
Eric Weems 2
Michael Jenkins 1
Marty Booker 1

Hamp

March 29th, 2010
9:54 am

Don’t we need a defensive playmaker with less questions at 19?

PMC exactly!!!
I know it’s guess work but most people are stabbing in the dark.
If you look at our team the offense except the line is good enough right now. We need to beef up the defense we have very good offenses in the NFC south. We addressed the secondary need now we need to address the LB corps to me that is our most pressing need. At DE the stable is full give them time to develop. AN OLB would be a Godsend someone to knock the snot out while also being able to cover on third.

Harry will return and if the knee is good we will kill teams from the slot all day while Gonzo works his magic. So let jenkins play another year at least he blocks. Defense has to be the pick and not a DE.

If we can’t get a OLB in the first trade down, if you can’t trade down then I say take Pouncey. Pouncey is good value at that pick. OL is a greater need at this point. DE is not.

Whoever thinks that center is not a need is crazy I like our center but we need fresh blood to at least learn. Pouncey will be a very good OL he could even rotate at guard this year while he learns.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 29th, 2010
9:57 am

Coachx — good point!!!

mowreck

March 29th, 2010
10:00 am

For the Falcon offense, I would rather have Dyer than Spiller. Turner isn’t gonna last forever. Course this is just my opinion. Not sure Spiller could take the pounding in the Falcon offense. Might use him for kick-off and and/or punt returns tho, cause he can run.

Bobby Godd

March 29th, 2010
10:02 am

Falcons still need more defensive help or even more OL depth than Thomas at WR. He made some great catches for Tech but he also had some immortal drops! (Has any receiver at Tech been so wide open for a potential TD than Thomas was against LSU in the Peach Bowl two years ago and yet he dropped it. That was definitely a game turning moment which LSU capitalized on and went on to a massacre! He is as likely to catch a ball in traffic as anyone in the NFL but he is also as likely to drop a pass as anyone in the NFL.