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NFL Draft 2016: Deep threat wide receiver Mike Thomas will visit the Eagles

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For more information on which draft prospects are visiting with the Eagles, [check out our 2016 NFL Draft Prospect Visits Tracker].

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The Eagles are set to host Southern Mississippi wide receiver Mike Thomas (not to be confused with Ohio State receiver prospect Michael Thomas) on a pre-draft visit, according to a report from Jason Munz. Thomas is one of 30 NFL draft prospects scheduled to meet with the Birds in Philadelphia.

The Eagles are looking for a deep threat and Thomas fits that description. The 21-year-old Thomas had the highest yards per reception (19.6) of any FBS receiver in 2015 (min. 65 catches). He clocked in with a 4.4 40-yard dash at his pro day.

Thomas measures in at 6-1, 200 pounds. He posted huge numbers during his senior season: 71 receptions for 1391 yards and 14 touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was scored on this crazy one-handed catch:

CBS Sports projects Thomas to be a sixth round pick. The Birds lack a real deep threat and that's something Thomas can offer.

Read more about Thomas in this scouting profile from Pride of Detroit.

Thomas' ability to track the deep ball is sensational. Tracking the ball, adjusting to it in mid-air and maintaining the focus and concentration to haul it in is nowhere near as easy as it looks. This is the type of catch that I'd consistently see from DeVante Parker last year, who had some of the best body control I've ever seen from a WR. Thomas has a long way to go before he reaches Parker status, but these are the types of plays that get me excited about what he could develop into down the road.

Complete list of known Eagles draft visits

QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

WR Kolby Listenbee, TCU

CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama

WR Mike Thomas, Southern Mississippi