There are no longterm effects from the injury and Demaryius will be 100 percent by the time OTA’s begin. If surgery hastens the healing process, that is something we will consider.
It could prove to be a devestating blow to Thomas’ draft stock. Having played in Paul Johnson’s triple-option the past two seasons, no one really knows how Thomas will fair in a pro-style offense. Getting a chance to step out onto the field and run routes in front of scouts could have eased much of the concern surrounding his ability to transition to the NFL.
Additionally, teams won’t have the ability to see Thomas run before the draft. As a big receiver (6’2″, 230 lbs) his 40-yard dash would have been one of the more anticipated events of the combine. Thomas likely would have run somewhere between 4.55 and 4.65, but on the off chance that he ran in the 4.4 range, his stock would have skyrocketed.
Its now tough to imagine Thomas coming off the board in the 1st round, as some expected he may. He could fall to the late 2nd round, at which point he could end up being one of the great steals of this year’s draft.