In his first mock draft for the 2016 NFL Draft, ESPN's Todd McShay has the Redskins taking Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas with the No. 16 overall-pick.
'Tis the season for some mock draft talk.
We're still 134 days away from the first name of the 2016 NFL Draft being called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Chicago, but ESPN's Todd McShay has already released his first mock draft (ESPN Insider access required to see the whole thing).
A lot will change between now and April 28th – the first of three days of the 2016 NFL Draft which will once again be held in Chicago— such as the selection order, prospects committing/de-committing to the process and risers and fallers, but for now, McShay has the Redskins currently holding the No. 16 overall-pick selecting Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas.
"Thomas lacks elite speed as a vertical receiver, but he is a very good route runner. He knows how to use his 6-3, 210-pound frame when the ball is in the air, displaying outstanding overall ball skills (17 TDs over the past two seasons). Thomas has enough burst to turn a short pass into a long gain," McShay writes.
Thomas – a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior – has been a key cog in the Buckeyes' offense over the last two seasons.
In 2014, he tallied 54 receptions for 799 yards and nine touchdowns.
Thomas started off the season strong, with five touchdowns in the first five games.
In the National Championship Game against the Oregon Ducks, Thomas tallied four receptions for 53 yards.
Through Ohio State's first 12 games this season, Thomas has nabbed 49 receptions for 709 yards and eight touchdowns.
He recorded the first 100-yard game of his career against Maryland on Oct. 10, following it up with a second 100-yard game two week s later against Rutgers.
Thomas played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2012 and redshirted the 2013 season.