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Saints draft Buckeye WR Thomas in 2nd round

4 years 10 months 1 day ago Friday, April 29 2016 Apr 29, 2016 April 29, 2016 8:06 PM April 29, 2016 in Sports
Source: Associated Press

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have selected Ohio State receiver Michael Thomas with their second-round pick in the NFL draft on Friday night.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Thomas, who was picked 47th overall, caught 56 passes for 781 yards and nine touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes. His selection comes a few months after the Saints released the franchise's all-time leading receiver, Marques Colston.

Thomas adds depth to a receiver core currently led by Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman, and gives quarterback Drew Brees a tall target with a 33-inch vertical leap.

Thomas was among Ohio State's top receivers the past two seasons, winning a 2014 national title with the Buckeyes.

The Saints used their first-round pick on Thursday night to select former Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.

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