The last four years former Ohio State football player Michael Thomas has simply been the most difficult wide receiver for NFL defensive backs to guard.
It was a rocky road for Michael Thomas early in his Ohio State football career. However, he was the leading receiver for the Buckeyes his last two seasons and was becoming difficult for defensive backs to guard.
During the 2014 National Championship season he had 54 receptions for 799 yards and 9 touchdowns. He followed that up with 56 catches, 781 yards and 9 more scores in 2015.
However, since he teamed up with quarterback Drew Brees in the NFL his production has been off the charts. With the numbers he has put up I think general managers are still scratching their heads wondering why they passed on Thomas and let him slip to the New Orleans Saints as the 47th pick in the 2016 draft.
The wide receiver had an unbelievable rookie season and far exceeded expectations for a second round draft pick. He had 92 receptions for 1,137 yards and 9 touchdowns.
He was just getting started. In 2017 he had 104 receptions for 1,245 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Apparently that didn’t satisfy Thomas. His totals in 2018 were 125 catches, 1,405 yards and 9 scores. That was a career season, right?
Not hardly. This past season Thomas set the NFL single season reception record with 149 catches, led the league with 1,725 receiving yards and scored 9 touchdowns.
Since he entered the league he has caught 470 passes for 5,512 yards and has scored 32 touchdowns.
Now let’s put his four-year totals into perspective. If Thomas continues to play at the pace he is on (116 catches for 1,378 yards) he will be among the top 50 reception leaders of all-time in two years and in the top 50 in receiving yards in four.
Not bad for a second round pick.