Broncos select Demaryius Thomas

Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was selected by the Denver Broncos with the No. 22 pick in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft in New York.

Thomas caught 46 passes for 1,154 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He averaged a whopping 25.1 yards per catch to be the first wide receiver selected on Thursday.

At 6-3, 224 pounds, Thomas has the size and speed (4.38 in the 40-yard dash) that NFL teams coveted.

He wasn’t able to participate in the NFL combine in Indianapolis in February because he broke a bone in his foot while training.

However, he was able to hold a workout on Sunday in Atlanta where he ran an untimed cone drill and caught passes for scouts from 10 teams.

Former teammate Derrick Morgan was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 16 pick.

Morgan had 12.5 sacks and 55 tackles for the Yellow Jackets as a junior last season to earn All-America honors from a variety of organizations.

At 6-foot, 3-inches tall and 266 pounds, Morgan ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 4.79 seconds. He has the size to stay at defensive end or the speed to move to outside linebacker.

Morgan improved each of his three seasons at Tech, posting seven sacks and 56 tackles as a sophomore after seeing spot duty as a freshman.

He is the most recent first-round selection from Tech since wide receiver Calvin Johnson was chosen by Detroit with the No. 2 pick in 2007.

51 comments Add your comment

Jacket Backer

April 22nd, 2010
9:56 pm

this will only help recruiting…..Go Jackets!!!!

beauvighn

April 22nd, 2010
9:58 pm

congrats Bey Bey, wish you were still here but at least you showed all the naysayers who think that rec’s in the spread option have no chance to get drafted.

ACC CHAMPS!

April 22nd, 2010
9:58 pm

and to think GT doesn’t throw the ball, hahahahahahaa take that UGAY congrats Bay Bay, thank God it wasn’t Tampa Bay or Green Bay then it would be Tampa Bay Bay Bay or Green Bay Bay Bay

wiley

April 22nd, 2010
9:58 pm

Congrats Bay Bay! Thank you for being a Yellow Jacket! Keep proving the doubters wrong.

Ex Falcons Fan

April 22nd, 2010
10:04 pm

Congratulations. Must be nice to be on a team smart enough to trade back and get quality players instead of ghetto buffoons. I look forward to seeing you and my new team tear it up.

Jacket Backer

April 22nd, 2010
10:21 pm

Tebow and Bey Bey…!!!!!! Mel Kiper just had a stroke…..

PN

April 22nd, 2010
10:32 pm

The Denver Broncos clearly did not get the message that Georgia Tech’s option offense will not produce NFL caliber wide receivers…whoops. Congrats to Demaryius Thomas and Derrick Morgan on their first round selections! Go Jackets!

Dirtdawg

April 22nd, 2010
10:35 pm

What- first round for a cut and run guy using the option. Looks like the NFL has figured out Tech players are intelligent and athletic. This is a problem for our dawgs. Our alums are going to reach deeper in their check books to attract top talent.

Brunswick Tech

April 22nd, 2010
11:28 pm

that was great …I sure wish they would have been picked ahead of all those Georgia guys! lol…..oh thats right ! They didn’t send anyone. not one and they are so great and all.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

April 22nd, 2010
11:50 pm

Recruits: Come to GT. You will be coached up and put in a position to succeed! Yes, you will be asked to be a complete team players, but many of the coaches in the NFL are looking for team players, like Coach McDaniels at Denver! You will also get a great, challenging, life-changing education.

Jman

April 23rd, 2010
12:05 am

McDaniels wanted a receiver just like the Pro Bowl receiver he traded so he picked Thomas? Denver is going to lose a lot of games w/ Thomas and Tebow. The only reason Thomas had a few good seasons was because the other WRs did not have many receptions and every team put 8-9 in the box. It’s pretty easy to outjump a 5′8 corner for jump balls 10 times a game. Just like Mel and the others said, the Broncos are going to have to teach him how to run routes and play the position. Is that the ‘coaching up’ you refer to at GT? Come on… you want a real WR watch AJ next year.

Atlanta Gator

April 23rd, 2010
12:22 am

First off, congrats to Thomas for being drafted in the first round. Secondly, you GT are out of your freaking minds. I hate UGA as much as you do but it was just last year UGA produced the #1 and #12 picks in the draft . . . higher than what Thomas and Morgan went this year. Yeah UGA had a down year but I’m pretty sure they’ve been having guys drafted in the first round way more than GT has the past ten years. Other than Calvin Johnson I would like you to name some others that were drafted in first rounder in the 2000’s . . . now compare them to UGA’s it’s not even close. Finally, to PN, Thomas was recruited to GT by Chan Gailey and probably wouldn’t have gone to GT with Johnson and his offense there. Let’s see if they have a WR drafted again this high the next couple of years, I would say probably not.

Denver Bronco

April 23rd, 2010
12:26 am

Man I’m really glad that we drafted Thomas. Now I know if we’re looking for someone to drop the ball on 4th and 10 with the game on the line, we’ve got our guy!!!! YES!

Techfan at UGA

April 23rd, 2010
1:18 am

Bey Bey is going to be a stud in Denver.. but in a side note.. J. Dwyer got passed up in the first round but whoever gets him is going to be lucky…. He is going to be a pro bowl caliber back in the NFL

macrotech

April 23rd, 2010
2:19 am

Atlanta Gator, it’s possible that the Gators don’t hear this often from those dawg fans, but they LOVE to talk about “THIS” season….aka, they beat us “THIS” season so that’s all that matters. It was a nice win for them… props! NOW, in regards to the Gators, I’m sure they like to pull out overall win/loss records… it’s a ploy of the desperate fan. “THIS” season, Tech had two players go in the first round and the dawgs had ZERO….even WITH all those “5 STAR” recruits. It was a nice win for them, though!

Atlanta Gator

April 23rd, 2010
3:08 am

Macrotech – well, they also beat you in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 so I guess we can talk about “THOSE” seasons too if you want. It seems like I heard you GT fans doing a whole lot of talking about “THIS” season when you beat them last year. If there is a fan base that desperate all signs point to GT fans. The only thing you do is you take jabs at UGA, and rightfully so as they are your rivals, but you have no right to do so. You win one game in 9 tries and you brag about that one win. You go to a BCS bowl “THIS” season, and get beat into the ground. Then you turn right around and make fun of UGA because they went to the Independence Bowl “THIS” season . . . which at least they won and weren’t embarrassed like GT was. Do you know how many times UGA has been to a BCS bowl? Well just in the past 10 years three times – 02, 05, and 07 . . . that compares to your one. Where were you guys when UGA was going to these bowls and the Outback, Citrus, Peach, in between the BCS bowls? You were going to places like Boise, San Fran for the Nuts Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, etc. But congrats on the fact that you had two guys go in the first round “THIS” season compared to UGA’s zero. By the way, since 2000 UGA has had 55 players drafted, 11 in the first round. During that same time period GT has had 23 players drafted with 2 in the first round, add 2 this year and you’re up to 4.

So next time you think that UGA fans LOVE to talk about “THIS” season, you might want to take a look in the mirror.

Big L

April 23rd, 2010
6:38 am

Tebow and Bay Bay, The Broncs must like players who take longer to get ready. Nothing else explains taking two players who are gonna have to learn to play pro style.

Big L

April 23rd, 2010
6:42 am

Atlantagator, never thought I would heqr a UF fan making an argumaent against a Techie on behalf of UGA. I wanna buy you a beer my friend. Gracias.

Alabama Jack

April 23rd, 2010
6:46 am

dumb delusional dawgs (and their gator fans) are irrelevant.

Big L

April 23rd, 2010
6:48 am

It’s called being humble and people appreciate it more than being a jackass. Try a little Bama boy.

Holy cow, Atlanta Gator...

April 23rd, 2010
6:49 am

…nice analysis of GT v UGA…now if only you guys would let UGA win every once in a while…

Big L

April 23rd, 2010
6:51 am

And how irrelevent was Bama when they lost two years ago to Louisana Monroe? You ain’t far remvd from a bad streak of losses to Auburn and all that other embarresing crap under Shula. Hmbleness mi amigo.

well

April 23rd, 2010
7:02 am

Atl gator. Any tech fan has every right to run their mouth. You want to think like them and live in the past go right ahead. Sure, they won 7 in a row and last year, but thats the past. Just the fact this team is competing with UGA is nice and the games are a lot better to watch now. I would assume the noles fans run their mouths too every year, so you probally dont have a reasonable point there.

As far as the blog goes, Good luck to the both of them at the next level.

wiley

April 23rd, 2010
7:49 am

Its unbelievable that you guys still want to argue pro possibility under Paul Johnson’s offense. Bay Bay overcame incredible odds, broken foot and rough family background to name a few, to get to where he is right now. Chan Gailey had how many top draft picks while he was here? one. Yet you guys keep claiming that he was the best recruiter in the history of mankind and that he brought us 5 star players at every position. That is absolutely wrong…he only had one decent class in 2007 and that was pretty much it. Paul Johnson is a better recruiter in terms of avg stars…so far. Paul Johnsons program just produced two NFL first round picks, and he has already delivered a conference championship and two consecutive top 25 rankings at the end of the last two years. He has also won two straight ACC coach of the year awards and produced Georgia Tech’s first first team All American since Calvin Johnson among numerous other positives including the schools first BCS appearance. Give the man credit…Tech football is on the rise. The evidence proves that this offense can produce TOP NFL talent at the wide receiver position. No matter who recruited the kid…he played the majority of his college time in this offense and he still made the first round despite all the negative comments by misguided critics. D. Thomas was only a 3 star receiver coming out of high school. Its not like he was a consensus all American or five star player coming out of high school. Coaching and hard work made him a first round pick. Give the kid and school credit where credit is due…show some class. Stephen Hill your next!

4 ncs are better than 1

April 23rd, 2010
7:54 am

Hey dawgs, compare Bay Bay’s stats to that over-hyped A. J.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we are a “running” team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CPJ puts ‘em in the league, baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 ncs are better than 1

April 23rd, 2010
8:00 am

Gt has 27 players in the NFL to ugay’s 39. Were all those top ten recruiting classes that overrated, or is Ugay not as good at developing talent as GT?

Bama Fan

April 23rd, 2010
8:11 am

Atlanta Gator you are an idiot. Get on the Bama blogs and run your mouth. We beat the crap out of you and you wouldn’t dare come over to our blogs and run your mouth. UGA sucks too. We almost scored 50 pts on them in one half.

Poor Dawg Nation

April 23rd, 2010
8:12 am

Atlanta Gator……….Rolllllllllll Tiddddddeeeeeee!….How did that feel?

Gt4ever

April 23rd, 2010
8:31 am

Wiley
Before you go off and drool all over yourself, those recruits were Chan’s….. It is still painfully obvious that we have an up hill battle when it comes to recruiting. I would venture to say, had CPJ been our coach, we would not have gotten either Bay Bay or Jonathan Dwyer…. IMHO..

WHAAA

April 23rd, 2010
8:32 am

Jman
Have you ever watched Bay Bay play. You are obviously ignorant. Now shut up and CHANGE MY OIL!!!!

Gt4ever

April 23rd, 2010
8:33 am

Bay Bay is a man compared to AJ Green. UGA fans get over it…

Alphare

April 23rd, 2010
8:46 am

Would love to see Morgan to be a Falcon, but it is what it is.

Atlanta Gator, you live in a jacket town and bulldawg country, you win a few games in the past years, now suddenly you think you are king?

It’s not the gators are any good, it’s UGA being bad that you’ve got some chances lately. If BAMA or Auburn is in the East, you are at most an LSU.

Damon Evans

April 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

Hey how come nobody took any of our guys in the first round? If they can break free of jail certanly they can break tackles.

Peadawg

April 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

“and to think GT doesn’t throw the ball”

The only route he ran had Tech was straight down the sideline. It’ll be interesting to see if he can run NFL-style routes, you know, with actually cuts and change of direction!

I Hate UGAY

April 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

What is the most common phrase heard by a ugay football player? “Cuff em and take em away,” comes to mind.

Dan

April 23rd, 2010
9:46 am

Peadawg, what does that even mean? First, you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about because he ran multiple routes at Tech. Second, even if he didn’t, I don’t think it’s that difficult to learn to run routes. The timing is more of an issue, and that has nothing to do with Tech’s offense.

And just to be clear, it’s not like UGA’s receivers are required to read coverages and adjust routes mid-play.

ATL XMAN

April 23rd, 2010
9:52 am

wiley..pj hasnt put jack in the nfl..if anything he help bey bey and morgan lose money aswell as dywer…they have the talent to go higher in the draft yet they were passed up. plus those guys are chan gailys so PJ still has only 1 guy that i know of that played at ga southern that made a pro team and also coyuld of been drafted higher. his brother plays for the falcons now so pj is actually costing these guys some serios cash with running the hig hschool offense. the big time recruits are picking up on this already as PJ is having to sign 2 star running backs as QB’s haha what a joke..look for for PJ to start getting pounded the next year or two with all his div 1aa players trying to compete with the big boys…i hope tech keeps him there for at least 15 years so uga will have 16 wins and 1 loss with 15 in a row

Stinger

April 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

I’m sure I must have missed it, but how many UGAY players were selected in the First Round???? Didn’t think so !!!!!! LMFAO . PJ makes # 1 draft choices out of Chan Gailey recruits. It’s scary to think how PJ’s recruits will turn out. We may have as many as 10 in the first round in the future.

GT Bball Fan

April 23rd, 2010
9:55 am

GT got alot of free advertising last night. It certailnly helps recruiting to see GT plastered all over ESPN for 6 hours.

Stinger

April 23rd, 2010
9:57 am

At least the Denver Broncos can have a passing attack now and abandon the anemic running attach with NOSHOW MORENO. There goes BAY-BAY for another TD !!!!!!!!!!

GT BABY

April 23rd, 2010
10:11 am

ACC CHAMPS- THAT WAS THE STUPIDEST THING IVE EVER HEARD, SHUT UP.

flagboy?

April 23rd, 2010
10:22 am

macrotech

April 23rd, 2010
2:19 am
Atlanta Gator, it’s possible that the Gators don’t hear this often from those dawg fans, but they LOVE to talk about “THIS” season….aka, they beat us “THIS” season so that’s all that matters. It was a nice win for them… props! NOW, in regards to the Gators, I’m sure they like to pull out overall win/loss records… it’s a ploy of the desperate fan. “THIS” season, Tech had two players go in the first round and the dawgs had ZERO….even WITH all those “5 STAR” recruits. It was a nice win for them, though!
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This made no sense.

Anyway, I think Thomas will have a difficult first few years in the NFL because WR is the most difficult jump to make from college to pros. . . how many people thought Roddy White was a bust until his last season or two?

The one thing I haven’t seen Thomas have to do is make those catches with the FS drawing a bead on him. . . that will be interesting. Routes will have to get a lot better, but that’s for pretty much every WR going into the pros as well.

One thing is for sure. . he’s about to become a very rich kid/young man. Congrats and good luck.

vahokie

April 23rd, 2010
10:45 am

thomas is a beast but morgan is a little to overrated for me.

bud

April 23rd, 2010
10:55 am

you idiots that talk about chans recruits he got some recruits and the classes rated below pj also 07 class was good he had been here 6 years chan was a slow learner he never produced also chans players this last year 5 seniors also chan never won much he was average at best in college he criticized oleary who had far more success than chan also dwyer was always projected in second round he needed to stay in school so did burnet they got caught up in the hype

gojackets

April 23rd, 2010
11:06 am

I’m confused. According to all the dawgies, the Jackets do not pass the ball enough for receivers to go there. Didn’t some recruit just eliminate the Jackets becuase all they do is run the ball. Go figure.

I Hate UGAY

April 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

gojackets – Receivers learn to play the football game at Ga Tech, that includes down field blocking, as well as running pass routes. Down field blocking is very important in the NFL, not just catching passes. Tech players can do both well, that is way Bey Bey was drafted as the number one wide out this year.

ATL XMAN

April 23rd, 2010
11:30 am

bey bey and other tech receivers ran only 1 or 2 routes..that is it..a fly and a 3 yrd turnaround..they blocked all game and ran corners out of the position..they didnt learn squat about being a better pro..im glad bey bey can block but he has a alot of cramming to do and be a quick learner or he will sitting there with tim tebow all next year.

and bey bey was drafted on potential by a guy who traded picks to go draft tim tebow in the first round…how dumb is that…bey bey still might be sitting there if not for a crazy young coach in denver..

also i thought you techies were saying that 4 techs guys were going in the first…haha..dumb just dumb…

ATL XMAN

April 23rd, 2010
11:34 am

stinger..knowshon started last year as a senior in college and was one of the top rookies last year at running back..your man from tech is sitting and watching at dallas and dwyer is still not drafted.

tech is losing high school recruits left and right with PJ recruiting..haha.

ATL XMAN

April 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

when i say started last year as a senior in college that means he was supposed be a senior last year at UGA just like stafford who is also starting on sundays. and all the NFL scouts and football people are saying UGA players are really well coached and are more NFL ready than any other colleges out there…

tdizzle

April 23rd, 2010
8:39 pm