CBS Sports ranks Michael Thomas a top-five player in the NFL
The New Orleans Saints are loaded with elite talent, and record-breaking receiver Michael Thomas is among the league’s best players.
The Saints had six players in the top 100. Likely the most in the NFL, Michael Thomas topped the list of those six, coming in at No. 4. He was easily the highest-ranked wide receiver and rightfully so.
The creator of the list, CBS Sports’ columnist Pete Prisco, ranked Thomas in the top-five players in the league. And, no, he wasn’t No. 5. Thomas actually came in at No. 4, only behind Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Donald, and Russell Wilson.
Yes, you read that correctly. Prisco put Thomas ahead of Baltimore Ravens’ star quarterback Lamar Jackson and many other top-tier players. That said, here’s what Prisco said of the star receiver.
“He had a record-breaking season in 2019 with 149 catches, with little help from the other side. Thomas had 91 of those catches go for a first down. He’s the league’s best receiver,” Prisco noted.
The highly-underrated Thomas deserves this praise. He topped the league’s receptions record last season, one previously owned by Colts’ legend Marvin Harrison. While Thomas is likely to regress, his impact on the offense and opponent’s gameplan may continue to grow.
Thomas led the league in receptions and receiving yards last season. It wasn’t just slant routes like many assume either. He was a beast all around, being one of the most sure-handed receivers in the league.
The best part about Thomas is that he’s still full of potential. While last season may have easily been his best in the league and could be the best in his career, Thomas, at just 27, will continue to develop into a star receiver and veteran leader.
An insane potential record for Thomas would be to secure 2,000 yards this season. It’s unlikely, but if the Saints have one of the best offenses in the NFL and Thomas is a major focal point of it, that record may not be that out of reach.
Divisional rival Julio Jones was the second receiver on the list, coming in ten spots lower than Thomas at No. 14. Those two were the only receivers ranked in the league’s top 25 players.