Chicago, IL (WAFB) - The New Orleans Saints drafted Michael Thomas as the 16th selection in the second round. The wide receiver from Ohio State was the 47th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder was the leading receiver for his last two seasons with Ohio State. Thomas had a total of 54 catches on 799 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. In 2015, he had 56 catches on 781 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named to the third-team All-Big Ten in 2015.
As a freshman, Thomas played in 11 games, catching just three passes for 22 yards. In 2013, he was redshirted after the one game into the season to allow him to learn the offense and focus on his grades.
Thomas is former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson's nephew. Johnson played for Payton while both were with the Cowboys organization.
Thomas was part of the Buckeyes' team that won the national title in 2014. He said he fell in love with New Orleans when he played in the Superdome against Alabama for the college football playoffs.