Look, I could sit here and try to manufacture a case that Michael Thomas should only be second to Ezekiel Elliott in 'Rookie Of The Year' voting. I'm not sure it would be all that compelling since it's tough to deny how impressive Dak Prescott was in leading his team to 13 wins and a #1 seed at a much more difficult position to attain early success, but it could probably be done. After all, we are talking about a guy that finished in the top ten of the three most important statistical categories for wide receivers in a league that is chock-full of premier pass catchers. At the very least that's more impressive that Carson Wentz accomplishing nothing more than making it through a full season without being labeled a bust in record time like the quarterback that was selected before him. I suppose I could debate whether Michael Thomas' had a bigger impact than Deion Jones or Joey Bosa, but I would rather just shake my head at the amount of negligence necessary to totally exclude from the list of candidates.
That said, I don't really mind the fact that his astronomical numbers got lost in the shuffle when it came to acknowledging the most extraordinary performances by first year players. I don't know if it's because that oversight seems all-too-fitting for the guy whose personal mantra has been "shhhh" since before he got drafted or if it's because it can only motivate him going forward. Either way, the NFL hasn't seen the best of Michael Thomas and that's scary considering what they somehow managed to miss 92 catches, 1,137 yards, 9 touchdowns, and countless displays of veteran poise from a 22 year old.