Saints draft Buckeye WR Thomas in 2nd round
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.