Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said his broken foot may affect his draft status, but he hopes it doesn’t.
Thomas broke his foot on Tuesday during a 3-cone drill while training Scottsdale, Ariz. He said he was finishing the exercise when he planted his foot and heard something pop. The break was diagnosed on Wednesday. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
“A lot of people may not want to draft me because they won’t know what my speed is like,” Thomas said.
Luckily for him, Thomas was taped running the 40-yard dash, the length NFL teams use to measure speed, in a blistering 4.38 seconds during a camp training session. That video was sent to all 32 of the NFL’s teams, his agent Todd France told SI.com on Wednesday.
Thomas, a native of Montrose, had 46 receptions for 1,154 yards and eight touchdowns last season. During his three-year career at Tech, Thomas caught 120 passes for 2,339 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Thomas praised the trainers at API in Scottsdale, where he’s been the past few weeks preparing for next week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Before breaking his foot, Thomas said he had been working on improving his speed, strength and route-running ahead of the combine. He said he will still attend the event, but won’t participate in the drills.
He said he didn’t think he would be able to participate in Tech’s pro day, which will be held in mid-March. He said he would likely schedule a pro day between then and the draft on April 22.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper on Wednesday moved Thomas into the first-round of his mock draft on the strength of his workouts. He was previously unrated.