With the 42nd selection in the NFL Mocks midseason mock draft for the AFC South, the Oak...Las Vegas Raiders take Brian Thomas Jr., wide receiver from LSU. It's a Jayden Daniels connection here; getting him a familiar face to throw to will ease his NFL transition.
Although Brian Thomas Jr. is not as well-known as his running mate, Malik Nabers, he should not be overlooked. He was a 4-star recruit, and 247sports ranked him the ninth-best wide receiver in the 2021 class. Thomas is having a great season, having already gained over 1000 yards and scoring a nation-leading 15 touchdowns.
At 6-foot-4 and 201 pounds, Thomas utilizes his size well on the field. He may not have the best separation skills, but his lengthy frame gives him an advantage in contested catches. He also displays good hand-eye coordination and body control, which helps him make difficult catches. Additionally, his strong hands and ability to catch the ball away from his body give him an edge.
Although Thomas has had some trouble with drops, he usually has reliable hands. Furthermore, he works hard to get back to the ball, making it difficult for defensive backs to undercut his routes.
Pairing him in the Davante Adams, Michael Mayer, and Hunter Renfro combo will open up the running lanes for Josh Jacobs while giving Daniels a plethora of versatile weapons. It will be a good year in Las Vegas in 2024, and the Raiders are just starting.