Ouch, Bay-Bay! Tech’s Thomas breaks foot as stock soars

Demaryius Thomas shakes hands, but not with Mel Kiper. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Demaryius Thomas shakes hands, not with Mel Kiper. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

File this under really lousy timing. On the same day Georgia Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas saw his name listed on Mel Kiper’s mock first round on ESPN.com, he broke his foot while training in Scottsdale, Ariz. So reports Tony Pauline on SI.com.

Thomas, known as Bay-Bay, broke his left foot in a three-cone drill. He’ll miss next week’s NFL combine. More from Pauline:

His agent, Todd France, told SI.com that it was a clean break and doctors expect a recovery time of four to six weeks. “There are no longterm effects from the injury and Demaryius will be 100 percent by the time OTA’s begin,” said France, who added that surgery is a possibility. “If surgery hastens the healing process, that is something we will consider.”

According to observers at Athletes Performance, where Thomas has been training, the 6-foot-3, 227-pound receiver had been turning in sensational workouts in preparation for the combine. He recently ran a verified 4.38 in the 40, which was recorded on film and will be sent to every team in the league, France told SI.com.

That glowing report jibes with Kiper what offered in his second mock draft on ESPN.com. He had Thomas projected to be taken by the Bengals with the 21st pick of Round 1. That was  higher than Tech tailback Jonathan Dwyer, who’s excluded from Kiper’s Round 1 and also from his Big Board, which lists the top 25 overall prospects. (Links require registration.) Thomas was No. 21 on both, with Kiper offering this:

Here’s the big riser of the past couple of weeks. Thomas will be red-hot after the workouts get going. He’s a big target (6-3, 225 pounds) and a downfield threat. He averaged more than 25 yards per catch and remained productive in a run-based offense based. Carson Palmer needs weapons, and Thomas can be one.

And what of Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan? He’s No. 8 on the Big Board, and Kiper has him going 11th — to Jacksonville — his mock.

And what, you’re asking, of the Falcons? Well, Mel sees their Round 1 pick the same way Don Banks of SI.com saw it a few weeks ago — Kyle Wilson, a cornerback from Boise State. Here’s Mel K.  on K. Wilson:

Wilson is another player who jumped at the Senior Bowl. He’s fluid, excellent in coverage and an immediate help on special teams. Wilson had a quiet season, but great cornerbacks often do. He simply wasn’t challenged enough. Stock is now back on the rise.

Scouts Inc. rates Wilson as the 28th-best player available and the third-best cornerback. (The Falcons will pick either 19th or 20th, depending on a coin flip with Houston.) Todd McShay of ESPN.com sees the Falcons taking a different cornerback — Kareem Jackson of Alabama — in Round 1. Scouts Inc. rates Jackson the 21st-best player and the second-best CB in the draft. But I’ll say it again:

Just because the outside world believes the Falcons need a cornerback doesn’t mean Thomas Dimitroff will take one in the first round. Dimitroff is especially picky about that position. (He’s considered one of the best judges of defensive backs in the business.) If he doesn’t think a guy has the potential to be a No. 1 NFL CB — a shutdown corner, in the vernacular — he’s not apt to draft him in Round 1. And Dimitroff doesn’t believe there are many shutdown corners in the entire league.

To reiterate: Were I betting, I’d still say the Falcons will take a pass rusher — be it a defensive end or an outside linebacker — with that first pick. But I’ve been wrong once or twice.

122 comments Add your comment

JW

February 17th, 2010
8:55 pm

Mark, just wondering…I’m beginning to see different rumors on sites about the possibility of Tech rejoining the SEC if ARK is lost during all of the possible conf reshuffling that may be coming up. What do you make of this, since Tech has so much SEC history?

Mark Bradley

February 17th, 2010
9:00 pm

I don’t believe it’s true, JW. I believe Tech is happy where it sits.

Kudos for being first, by the way.

RomeDawg

February 17th, 2010
9:04 pm

Two words: Curl and Go! That is what Coach Johnson was able to teach a talent like Thomas while he was on the flats. Look at the doubts that pro scouts are having about Dwyer because the offensive mastermind never gave him the chance to showcase all of his skills. If you are a high school player that wants to play in this offense in college you must not be interested in the NFL.

What do GT and UG fans have in common?

February 17th, 2010
9:05 pm

RomeDawg knows the answer… They both love talking GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKET FIRST ROUND PICKS on a Wednesday night!

RomeDawg

February 17th, 2010
9:06 pm

And I’m sure since Tech can barely win the weak ACC that they have ZERO interest in coming to the SEC! This years Tech team may have been the 5th or 6th best SEC team.

@JW

February 17th, 2010
9:06 pm

As a Tech fan and sports history buff, I would love it if Tech re-entered the SEC. I think geographic rivalries like GT-Bama (we’re in their fight song to this day) and GT-Auburn could be renewed. In time I think people would see GT get bigger and better as a CFB brand as SEC money would keep the program on the build.

BUT I really think that the more likely picks for the SEC based on market value involve breaking into some new states. I’d look for them to talk to VT or even UNC. If not that, then it’ll definitely be GT or Clemson. Could be all four if they choose to do the 14-team SuperCon thing. Sure would be a shake-up!

JW

February 17th, 2010
9:06 pm

RomeDawg,

I believe the point Mark was trying to make is that BeBe moved UP! You big goober…….take the foot out of your mouth.

Opinion's Opinion

February 17th, 2010
9:06 pm

I believe that CJ Spiller would be worth the gamble if he fell to us……he’s a game changer….this coming from a Tech fan

What do GT and UG fans have in common?

February 17th, 2010
9:07 pm

RomeDawg knows the answer… They both love talking GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKET FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS on a Wednesday night.

Jon Contract

February 17th, 2010
9:07 pm

He certainly has the physical skills.

Reminds me of Andre Johnson a little.

Sideways the dog

February 17th, 2010
9:08 pm

I’m all about Tradition, I’d be okay with GT going back to the SEC….even though we would probably not do that well

@RomeDawg

February 17th, 2010
9:09 pm

Conference membership has nothing to do with “can they win?”…Vandy anyone? Think they’d wanna go anywhere else? Nope! Even though they lose constantly there, they NEED the SEC for its brand and money. And even then…GT would do better than Vandy. Especially over time. Give Tech 10-20 years with a bigger SEC budget and see if they’re not able to pull something off that looks a little more like GT in the 1950’s.

Sideways the dog

February 17th, 2010
9:09 pm

Bay Bay is actually better compared to Antonio Gates

northbeach Scott

February 17th, 2010
9:12 pm

JWThat ship sailed when Vince Dooley was key to keeping Tech out when it attempted to rejoin the SEC in the 1970s. The ACC is clearly a better fit academically than the SEC for GA Tech and for basketball (at least when they finally fire Hewitt).

While I wish we could renew the Auburn and Tennessee rivalries every season, CPJ and the AD should be able schedule some strong games that will enable Tech to have a shot at a National Championship.

CPJ Driving the Ship

February 17th, 2010
9:12 pm

Boy that’d be something if GT were an SEC team again. Paul Johnson would get a statue for sure after that. Not only does he right the ship, he steers it back into its rightful harbor!

Are you using that leg?

February 17th, 2010
9:12 pm

RomeDawg is right. Why would a coach want someone to be productive in their system? No doubt they would prefer a player to come in and dictate what the plan should be based on their abilities. Woof woof woof.

Asheville Dawg

February 17th, 2010
9:14 pm

Congrats to Thomas for moving on up.

Why would Arkansas leave the SEC? To play Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska? Or is playing Alabama, LSU, and Auburn to much?

1990_Champs_GT

February 17th, 2010
9:15 pm

I love the idea of Tech back in the SEC. The ACC just isn’t a football conference.

As for Thomas, he better have a great combine for me to believe he’s a first-rounder.

And Mark, I agree a pass rusher will be the Falcons’ first pick. A good pass rush will make the corners look better.

UpdatesFTW

February 17th, 2010
9:18 pm

Um…BayBay broke his foot today, according to Roberson.

Steve

February 17th, 2010
9:18 pm

The Nerds in the SEC would be hilarious. They are bad enough most seasons playing the pathetic ACC teams. I can’t imagine how bad they would be in the SEC. Maybe one step above Vandy? On, and congrats to the Nerds having a rare first round pick. I know it doesn’t happen often like it does at a real football school like UGA.

Mark Bradley

February 17th, 2010
9:20 pm

Thomas indeed broke his foot while training in Scottsdale, according to SI.com. The post above reflects this unbelievable current event.

JW

February 17th, 2010
9:22 pm

Yea steve, that’s why GA tech and VA tech are tied for most acc wins over the past 6 seasons you jack. not to mention they just won the conference. You sure told us.

Steve

February 17th, 2010
9:25 pm

Exactly JW, and look who they have been playing. Also look at Tech’s final season record over the last 6 seasons as well as the bowls they went to AND THE RESULTS. What a moron.

Mark Bradley

February 17th, 2010
9:32 pm

I know I’ve been accused of jinxing teams in the past, but this is amazing. I post something and the guy breaks his foot.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

February 17th, 2010
9:34 pm

SEC or ACC? I would want to know where the ACC stands on a$$ painting a little dog. We know that the SEC just turns the other cheek (!) When they painted my cheeks I was pulled into an electrical closet and I am not sure whether or not they used primer. I did see the Krylon can, though.

James

February 17th, 2010
9:34 pm

I don’t get it. So many people on here squabble about players not wanting to come to Tech because they don’t run a pro set. That really only affects QB’s. We just put a RB and a WR in/near the first round of the draft. Guys that hardly ran Gailey’s lame pro offense (and his was indeed lame).

In fact, while you can criticize his routes all you want, teams are praising Bebe’s blocking skills. That’s a huge plus for him (and the 4.38 40 time) because you can teach a wide receiver routes–that’s what they do.

Good luck teaching one to block, though!

BCWRECK

February 17th, 2010
9:35 pm

This is a minor injury. He’ll be full speed in a few weeks. Although, it may cost him 10 or 20 positions in the draft.

Mark Bradley

February 17th, 2010
9:36 pm

I’ve heard Thomas likened to Vincent Jackson and Andre Johnson, but I think he’s got some Michael Irvin to him. (In a good way, I mean.)

Mark Bradley

February 17th, 2010
9:37 pm

It would be tough to stick in Round 1 now, BCWRECK. You’re right on that.

BB's

February 17th, 2010
9:39 pm

Poor pitiful Steve. Can’t find anything on a UGA blog, so here he is again, totally obsessed by the enemy. Look at the results of the last two years. PJ knows what he is doing, and I for one look forward to many years. Will we beat you every year? No. But it’s not going to be every 8 years either. And enough with the weak ACC crap. Tech would have gone 6-2 with Georgia’s SEC schedule. Yes, Georgia beat Tech. Over all, except for one day, Tech was the better team this year. Just like last year, when Tech won, Georgia was the better team. It’s going to be fun to watch it play out. And Tech will get good recruits. Not pro style QB’s, but other players will want to come.

GO TECH

February 17th, 2010
9:41 pm

Best of luck to Bay Bay. Keep your chin up!

Benjamin

February 17th, 2010
9:41 pm

Bay-Bay just saw his stock drop to the second/third round.

(This year’s receiving corps/group of tight ends looks pretty deep, MB.)

Sonny Clusters

February 17th, 2010
9:41 pm

You can’t pick when you will be injured. A friend of ours hurt his thumb last season and had to have it fixed over the winter. He was able to go on a golfing trip first, though. When he got back that thumb demanded attention and now he is recuperating and getting ready to play some baseball. We was always wanting to go on that particular golfing trip but we was conveniently forgotten along with Stinky Wintes.

Mark Bradley

February 17th, 2010
9:44 pm

There are some good receivers in this draft, Benjamin. But I think people will be stunned by how good Bay-Bay is. Guy caught more than half the passes and gained more than half the passing yards for Tech the past two seasons. Teams knew where the ball was going, and he still got it.

Joe

February 17th, 2010
9:49 pm

If you are a potential employer interested in people who can walk and chew you may want to think twice about Romedog or whoever it is. Got tired of two so called walk on water players- Tebow and AJ Greene- Greene is a skiinny dime a dozen kid who doesn’t hold a candle to Thomas- argue if youw want but time will prove

Tom

February 17th, 2010
9:49 pm

Can a player come back to college if he gets hurt like this or is he stuck with where he winds up in the draft?

Mark Bradley

February 17th, 2010
9:51 pm

No, Tom. Once a guy leaves, he’s out. It’s not like college basketball and the NBA, where an underclassman can change his mind (once) if he hasn’t retained an agent.

The Karma Train....

February 17th, 2010
9:59 pm

I’m a GT Fan, and I’m not knocking a 20-year-old underclassman for making so nice $$, but Karma sure has a way of sneaking up on a guy. Bebe told the ESPN beat writer after winning the ACC Championship he was returning for his senior season, then a month later renegs on that statement. Again, not knocking the guy for taking the $, but just say “no comment” when put on the spot like that. Ms Karma apparently takes you at your word…..

LMAO

February 17th, 2010
10:00 pm

Hey Steve…I forgot that UGA has won all thoses National Championships lately. You are an irrelevant football school! Ask Bama and UF.

Technophobia

February 17th, 2010
10:00 pm

Tech back in the SEC? We’ve already got 5 SEC championships!

LMAO

February 17th, 2010
10:02 pm

Steve…when was the last time UGA played an important game..Oh, I believe that would be 30 years ago? You loser!

techster

February 17th, 2010
10:02 pm

NASCAR changes the rules whenever they feel like it, why can’t the rules be changed to allow players to return to college in cases like this one? Why for one sport and not for another? Mark, that would be a good article if you would inquire to the “powers that be” about that.

Vidalia man, bubba

February 17th, 2010
10:13 pm

I wonder what GT vs. Ga. all time records was in the SEC, when both were members, and how many SEC championships were won by both of them, when both were in the SEC. GT’s record of late against SEC schools is decent, although UGA has dominated of late. Maybe Ga. should join ACC to run from FLA.

Eric

February 17th, 2010
10:16 pm

If GT dumbed down it’s academics for football players and allowed easy majors, we would dominate uga like UF has.

GT man

February 17th, 2010
10:17 pm

Good serves him right for leaving early.

south

February 17th, 2010
10:20 pm

Wonder if he dropped the ball on it?

Tom

February 17th, 2010
10:23 pm

Thanks Mark

Gt man you have to be a pathetic uga fan. No gt fan feels that way.

RomeDawg

February 17th, 2010
10:26 pm

For all you losers (30-24) (73-66) that think he gets drafted in the first round, get a life. He’s a second round bust waiting to happen. Due to that offensive mastermind on the flats this talent is RAW due to lack of coaching. Hey Stephen Hill, enjoy blocking?

RomeDawg

February 17th, 2010
10:32 pm

JW

Hey Moron, he moved up in a “mock” draft! That pays absolutely NOTHING! Pro scouts, not analyst who have never actually coached football, say he is RAW. Like your behind after that spanking on the flats!

I entered my first post before the story about him breaking his foot went up. I hate it for Bay Bay and hope it heals fast.

Jon Contract

February 17th, 2010
10:34 pm

I dont agree RomeDawg

The guy is an obvious playmaker. As long as he can forget everything he knew in college and adopt to a pro system he has a chance.