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2016 Rams Roster Preview: WR Michael Thomas Carries Unusual Expectations For Sixth-Round Rookie

The Los Angeles Rams selected receiver Michael Thomas out of Southern Miss with their last pick in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. What are the odds he makes the final 53?

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The Los Angeles Rams selected receiver Michael Thomas out of Southern Miss with their last pick in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Roster Battle

The Rams' receiver corps is in the midst of an overhaul. Sure, the position group is still essentially the same as last year's. Veterans Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, and Brian Quick are still on the team. The Rams, however, did bring in a lot – and I do mean a lot – of new bodies. In total, there are 12 receivers clawing and prying for what seems to be five roster spots, six at the most.

Thomas, however, is one of the most intriguing options. The majority of his snaps came as an outside receiver. That alone reduces his competition to Britt, Quick, and rookie free agents Duke Williams, Paul McRoberts, and Marquez North.


Each individual has their own learning curve and processes information at their own speed. So, Thomas' expectations can be tailored down to that, and of course his level of play in college.

Thomas' best qualities are his ability to out-muscle and win contested catches. Mike also runs good enough routes to create separation. He also has some pretty good circus catches.

Chances of Making the Team (7/10)

Thomas has the advantage of being one of the two receivers drafted. He will most likely get more opportunities than some of the other UDFA pass-catchers. Plus, Mike is a pure outside receiver. Other than the two vets – K. Britt and B. Quick – are his most stiff competition. He will have to be exceptional during the off-season program and training camp, though. There are too many new and unproven bodies at the position.