Predicition: The Bay Bay Will Grow Up Fast

robert ethanCorrespondent IJune 17, 2010

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 17:  Demaryius Thomas #8 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets enters the field to face the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 17, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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DeMaryius Thomas has been the ultimate sleeper prospect of the 2010 draft. From his time at Georgia Tech where he came in under the gigantic shadow of Calvin Johnson, and ended up playing for a team that only threw the ball a dozen times a game, (with a quarterback who completed less than 50% of his passes), it seems like the fates have conspired to hide the big guy's talent. Leaving college early, he had the horrible luck of breaking a bone in his foot while working out for the Combine, negating months of effort and the chance to showcase his impressive atheticism during the off season. It's a testament to his great natural talent, along with his intelligence and likability, that he still managed to be a first round pick and the first receiver off the board. Prior to the draft Gil Brandt was so taken with Thomas as a person he invited him to attend the draft in N.Y., even though consensus top pick was not extended an invitation.

On draft day DeMaryius moment in the sun was quickly eclipsed by the controversial Bryant a couple picks later, and the massive shadow of Tim Tebow one pick after that. But as a pro he can make up ground quickly, I think. First of all he comes in with virtually no pressure. Between the non stop attention given Tebow and a slow healing foot, DeMaryius was all but a forgotten man in off season training sessions. While all the hype was heaped on Dez Bryant in Dallas, Thomas comes into a much easier situation in Denver. The glare of publicity will be a fraction of what Bryant faces, plus the competition BayBay faces in Denver for playing time is considerably less than that in the "bigger D". The other aspect is intelligence and character. Thomas scored over twice as high on the Wonderlic test and is posessed of a remarkable quiet, serene, confidence and sense of himself.

All things considered, I see a big year ahead now that the Bay Bay appears to be fully awake and ready to roll. Not Randy Moss level accomplishments, but quite possibly OROTY. He will play soon and he will be tested often during the season.