Predicting the Saints 2016 rookie class production

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Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; A New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the bench prior to the Saints
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Jun 2, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) during organized team activities at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 2, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) during organized team activities at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Mike Thomas, Wide Receiver

As the draft came closer, the wide receiver position need was highly debated. Was it really a high need or not? Many people like myself, were very critical of the Saints using a high pick on a position that wasn’t defense or a guard. That was until Mike Thomas was available when the Saints had to pick in the 2nd Round of the draft.

Mike Thomas, who was viewed by several experts as the best receiver in the entire draft class, seems like the perfect guy to take over for Marques Colston after his release from the team this offseason. His great hands, size and amazing route running should make him a popular target for Drew Brees this year and for year to come.

Therefore, it might not be unrealistic to expect big things for Thomas, even in his first season. As we have already heard, Drew Brees loves Thomas and is impressed by his progression in the offense even though they have only played through OTAs and minicamp. But as we know, Brees loves to spread the ball around to all his targets, and Thomas has to compete for said targets with Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, and Coby Fleener.

Projection: 16 games played (8 starts), 90 targets, 62 catches, 930 yards, 9 TDs 

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