WR Demaryius Thomas works out, doesn't run 40
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:38 pm
Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas worked out for NFL scouts Sunday, but was unable to run any timed drills or complete the routes of a pro-style offense due to the fact that he's not yet fully recovered from surgery for a broken foot.
The 6-3 (1/4), 229 pound Thomas characterized his recovery from the broken fifth metatarsal as "90 percent healed" according to a report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
According to a source on hand for the workout, Thomas did not drop any passes during the hour-long workout, but wasn't able to answer some of the questions scouts had about his ability to acclimate to a pro-style offense. The source also characterized Thomas as running the drills at roughly "half speed."
Thomas caught 46 passes for 1,154 yards and 8 touchdowns last year for Georgia Tech, but did so primarily by running go-routes as a deep target in Paul Johnson's run-heavy, triple-option offense. '
Scouts were concerned about the fact that Thomas wasn't able to get timed in drills. While they would have liked to have seen his agility and straight-line speed firsthand, Thomas' speed is not questioned.
Thomas had been timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash while training for the Combine at Athletes Performance. The workout was recorded and when it became apparent that Thomas would be unable to workout for scouts in Indianapolis, his agent, Todd France, sent out DVDs of the workout to all 32 NFL teams.
Thomas' rare combination of size and speed might be enough to convince a team to spend a first round pick on him Thursday. He has been invited to New York by the league and will be in attendance, according to the AJC's article.