#8 BUST-O-METER: Demaryius Thomas

Georgia v Georgia Tech

BUST-O-METER

The NFL Draft is suppose to be a time where teams fill their rosters with young promising players that will ensure success in the future, unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Year in and Year out players are selected and fail to live up to their potential and are labeled BUSTS. These Busts could potentially have a crippling affect on a franchises future. Some of the more famous draft Busts are Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, Lawrence Phillips, and Ki-Jana Carter. How a bust is determined is too undefined to get into details about.

A prime example is the 6 straight losing seasons following the Bengals failure to develop Akili Smith into a capable NFL starter. Compare that to the 6 straight winning seasons produced by the Chargers after drafting Phillip Rivers in 2004. Of course these players are not solely responsible for their team’s success or failures but they did have a major impact.

After looking over the players projected to go in the first round I was amazed how many gave me an uneasy feeling. This week we are going to count down the top 10 players with the most bust potential. I encourage that all the readers get involved and suggest potential busts of the week. Leave comments to help me feel better about a player or continue to add on the pile.

Player:

Demaryius Thomas- WR- Georgia Tech

BUST-O-METER:

6 out of 10 

Thoughts:

Demaryius Thomas comes in at #8 in our count down to the top BUST candidate.  If there was a Hype-O-Meter Demaryius Thomas would break the meter, not even an injury limiting his workouts has lowered the hype.  Thomas has benefited from the Draft process and being mentioned as a first round candidate.  Teams love his size (6-3 229 lbs.), leaping ability, and body control.  Thomas is able to out jump most defensive backs and uses his body to put him in the best position to make a reception.  While at Georgia Tech he was often matched up against the team’s best cornerback because he was the only real receiving threat.  This past season Thomas had 46 receptions for 1,154 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Probably the most impressive stat was his 25.1 yards per catch.  As impressive as Thomas is there are some questions.  Unfortunately for Thomas most of the questions are related to the offense that was run at Georgia Tech.  Georgia Tech’s offense is a run first offense without a sophisticated passing attach.  Thomas wasn’t asked to run complicated pro style routes and this will be a hurtle for his transition into the NFL.  At Georgia Tech Thomas was ask to run basic routes such as drags, bubble screens, and go routes.  In the NFL he will be asked to run more complicated routes and also read more complicated defenses for holes.  The wide receiver position has historically come with a learning curve because most players are not use to finding holes in coverages.  There are also questions about Thomas’s top end speed and ability to beat defenders 1 on 1.

Does Thomas’s lack of route running experience concern you?

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Does Thomas’s lack of route running experience concern you?

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  • JimmyDiDago

    I suspect Josh McDaniels is going to get two black eyes from this draft. Tebow and Thomas in the first ?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?!
    If one of them fails the other will follow suit.
    Even with the ineptitude of the Brown’s front office from re-instatemant to this year, I couldn’t fathom any of them reaching like this…..AND WE’VE HAD SOME HORRIBLE DRAFTS SINCE ’99.
    Now I could be wrong. These two could end up being the franchise’s future because if there is anyone in the NFL CRAZY ENOUGH to make this work, it WOULD be Josh Mcdaniels!

  • http://mybutt poop

    demaryius thomas and tim tebow will do great in the nfl. who cares if thomas cant run routes, the denver broncos dont rely on perfect route running. tebow will do good as well. so many people underestimate him because he didnt throw in a pro style offense.WATCH HIS VIDEOS!!!!! you dont need to throw in a pro style ofense to be a good QB. you just have to be able to throw the football accurately and with relatively good power. tebow can do both of those. HOW COULD TEBOW AND THOMAS NOT BE GREAT SUPERSTARS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?