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Today the Steelers brought in their first college player from outside the area for a visit, and you may be just a tad surprised to find out that it's a wide receiver. Mike Thomas, a 5'8", 195-pounder from the University of Arizona, was hanging out at the home of the World Champions today.

Thomas holds the Pac-10 record for career receptions with 259, and ran a 4.3 40 at the combine in Indianapolis. He was all-Pac 10 as a wide receiver in 2008 and 2007. Last season, he had 74 catches, 826 yards, and four touchdowns for the 8-5 Wildcats. His season was highlighted by an 11-catch, 127-yard, one-touchdown game against New Mexico in September. As a junior, he reeled in 82 catches for 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns. If nothing else, he has proven to be a highly productive pass-catcher, although you can see that his production dropped off from '07 to '08.

The PG's Ed Bouchette said the Steelers "would like to draft a receiver with good speed who also could return punts and/or kickoffs for them," hence the visit from Thomas. Thomas is ranked as the #15 wide receiver prospect by, who would have ranked him higher if he happened to be a bit taller. The Steelers are permitted to bring in a total of 30 players to their facility prior to the draft.

Draft prospect visits Steelers [PG]
Mike Thomas official bio [Arizona]

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1 comment:

The Duke from Dukes Court said...

well they do need a punt/kick returner