Grading Mike Thomas Trade from Jaguars to Lions

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Mike Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field on October 24, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions have reportedly acquired wide receiver Mike Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports:

Source: #Jaguars WR Mike Thomas has been traded to the #Lions. No news yet on the terms. 13 catches, 80 yards this year.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2012


ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the report, adding:

Jacksonville traded wide receiver Mike Thomas to Detroit for a mid-round draft pick.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2012


Let's take a look at what Thomas brings to the table. 



Thomas is a fourth-year veteran out of the University of Arizona, where he was a four-year starter. During his time with the Sun Devils, Thomas caught 259 passes for 3,231 yards and 22 touchdowns.

He was selected by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL draft.

During his four years with the Jaguars, Thomas has proven to be a pure possession receiver (aka, not a ton of speed before or after the catch). He posted a time of 4.40 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2009, but Thomas has not been as explosive as you might expect with that kind of track speed. 

His best season as a pro came in 2010 when he caught 66 passes for 820 yards and four touchdowns. 

Now, on to the grades!



Thomas hasn't done much for the Jags this season. 

Through seven games, he has only caught 13 passes for 80 yards with zero touchdowns. That's only an average of 6.2 yards per reception, his longest of the season being 12 yards. 

There are five other players on the Jaguars with more catches, and it's clear that Thomas just wasn't clicking with Blaine Gabbert in Bob Bratkowski's offense. 

Even if the Jaguars only get a fifth-round pick for Thomas, it's a win for this franchise. With more holes to fill on the roster than there are craters on the moon, getting anything in return for a player not producing on the field is a smart move.

Grade: A



I know that the Lions are short on receivers since Nate Burleson went out for the season with a broken leg, but Martin Mayhew has me scratching my head with this trade. 

First of all, Titus Young and Ryan Broyles have responded well in Burleson's absence. The two of them combined to catch 13 passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 8 victory over the brutally-tough Seattle Seahawks secondary. 

Secondly, Thomas just hasn't been impressive enough in his career to make me think he'll do better than either of these two promising young players. I'm not the only one with this opinion, either.

Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey:

WR TALENT hasn't been the problem for the Lions...bringing in another (less talented) receiver w/o chemistry isn't going to help

— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) October 30, 2012


Thomas may prove both of us wrong. Perhaps he'll become the NFL's next Percy Harvin playing next to Calvin Johnson with Matthew Stafford throwing him passes. But for now, I can't get behind this trade.

Grade: D+


Follow me on Twitter @JesseReed78 and check out my weekly NFL picks at