Mel Kiper has the Saints picking LSU's Brian Thomas Jr in his first-round mock draft. pic.twitter.com/xlu6QDcBHK— Kyle ⚜️ | 504.Saints (@KyleBesson504) January 23, 2024
Thomas is a 6’4 205 205-pound receiver from Walker, Louisiana. In Thomas’ most recent season at LSU, he pulled in 68 receptions for 1,188 yards and led all of FBS with 17 touchdown receptions.
All Brian Thomas Jr does is catch touchdowns— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 7, 2023
The Saints currently only have two receivers on their roster heading into 2024, Chris Olave and A.T. Perry. All-Pro returner Rashid Shaheed is expected to be back with New Orleans next year as he is an exclusive restricted free agent, but veteran wide receiver Michael Thomas is likely gone. The addition of Brian Thomas Jr. gives the Saints more depth at a position where they are lacking.
Thomas is a big-body receiver but often plays smaller than his size. He has over-the-top speed and is exceptional at tracking the ball deep. However, Thomas’ 6’4 frame is not utilized enough in his game. The standout receiver struggles to fight through contact for contested catches and relies more on his speed to win over his size.
Another day of Brian Thomas Jr taking ankles.— Snoog’s Dynasty Society (@FFSnoog) January 23, 2024
This time on a double move for a 45+ yard TD.
Beautiful sell on the slant with his eyes to the middle of the field to get the corner to bite and quickly kicking it back outside to complete the double move ✅ pic.twitter.com/jFGAMyPE0E