Michael Thomas Is Still Fueled By Grudges, As The "Complete Square" That Is Mike Mayock Just Learned
In most cases I'd say it's beneath a Pro Bowl wideout - whose compiled more catches in his first two seasons than any other player in NFL history - to take aim at pre-draft rankings that seem absolutely laughable in retrospect. However, this is Michael Thomas we are talking about, and it's his unwillingness to let that chip leave his shoulder that's aided both his hyper-competitiveness and his almost immediate rise to the top. So while it doesn't make total sense to criticize Mike Mayock for correctly predicting him to be the 6th wide receiver taken, I'm with him in thinking that you deserve to be called a "complete square" when your prognostications are proven wrong faster than those of a bargain basement tarot card reader. Granted, they may have fallen in line with the foreboding of at least five other NFL GM's, but six wrongs don't make one right. On the contrary, six wrongs make four consecutive rights, because everyone that underestimated the strength, ball skills, versatility, elusiveness, and route running of the prospect who had them all on full display by the first day of his rookie camp currently looks like an L-7 wienie.
I'd never argue that it's easy to predict how each and every young player will develop, but it must have been more difficult than it looked for the only true #1 to race out to such a huge lead that he'd have to sit out a full year and change to let whoever the current #2 is get within sniffing distance. Therefore, I think the sure-handed Saint has earned the right to throw shade towards an "expert" draft analyst who must have gotten too much sun the day he took that #shhhh too seriously and slept on Michael Thomas.