Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mile High Elite: Demaryius Thomas

In 2010, the Denver Broncos drafted Demaryius Thomas as the 22nd overall pick.  Thomas not only possesses elite speed, with a 4.4 second 40-yard dash, but also exceeds most NFL Wide Receivers in sheer physical size, measuring in at 6'3" 229 lbs. This lethal combination has plagued opposing NFL secondaries throughout the 2012 season. With Week 11 underway, Thomas has emerged as Peyton Manning's primary target, an honor reserved for elite receivers including Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.

Like his predecessor, Calvin Johnson (a.k.a "Megatron"), Thomas added a "big play" dimension to the Yellow Jackets' conservative, triple-option offensive scheme, averaging 25.1 yards per reception. In the NFL, Demaryius Thomas continues to demonstrate his elite play-making ability, ranking in the Top 10 for all major receiving categories. Most notably, Thomas ranks second in the NFL for receptions over 20 yards with 19 (second to C. Johnson with 20), and fourth for YAC.

What sets Demaryius Thomas apart? Unlike Calvin Johnson, Thomas is privileged with the opportunity to work with a future hall-of-famer in Peyton Manning and a seasoned, fundamentally-sound veteran, Brandon Stokley. The complexity of Manning's offensive scheme will only benefit Demaryius Thomas in future seasons as the Broncos adapt to the rapidly advancing NFL dynamic. 

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