We’re all well aware of how the Patriots have had many late round and undrafted success stories. Most recently was last years undrafted rookie, Jakobi Meyers, who not only made the team, but hauled in 26 catches for 359 yards throughout the season. Another successful late round success story is Julian Edelman, who was a 7th round pick. The Patriots may have just found themselves their next great wide receiver in undrafted rookie Jeff Thomas.
Thomas played college football at Miami (FL) from 2017-2019. He totaled 83 receptions for 1,316 yards and 8 touchdowns while in a Hurricane uniform. His best year was his sophomore season in which he totaled 35 receptions for 563 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also totaled 481 special teams yards and 1 touchdown.
The 5’9″, 170 lb. receiver has the necessary speed to beat opposing defensive backs down the field. He ran a 4.45 sec. 40 time during the NFL scouting combine last February.
If it weren’t for some off-the-field issues while he was in college, there is no doubt Thomas would’ve been drafted. His combine scores disappointed many scouts and made some wonder whether he had even trained for the event. His disciplinary record is not great. Late in his sophomore season he was dismissed from the team, then allowed to return by the new coach. Thomas then earned a two-game suspension during his junior year for violating team rules. If he expects on having any kind of career in New England, he will have to keep his nose clean and focus on football.
If Thomas can maintain a clean record, he will be a definite threat anytime he is on the field. When he is in top-form he has the potential to be a Tyreek Hill-type player for the Patriots. Not only is Thomas a speed burner, but he has great hands and control on the outside. The Patriots lacked a strong outside receiver last year and he may be able to fill that roll.
Overall Thomas has a high ceiling but also a low floor. If he is able to stay focused on football and improve his skills beyond what he’s shown in college, he could be the Patriots version of Tyreek Hill and a replacement to Phillip Dorsett. However, if his character issues prevail, he will most likely be cut from the team.
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