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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Jamari Thrash

by J.T. Toth


Photo courtesy of 247Sports.


The NFL Draft talk never ends and we here at Draft 412 will keep you ready for the next set of gridiron stars. From today until draft night 2024 we will bring you mocks, profiles, team needs, and everything else related to the 2024 NFL Draft.


Today’s Spotlight - Louisville, Wide Receiver, Jamari Thrash


Name- Jamari Thrash

Pos- WR

Team- Louisville

HT/WT- 6’0” 180 lbs.

Born- 12/19/2000

Home – LaGrange, GA


Thrash attended Troup County High School in LaGrange, Georgia. In Thrash’s high school career, he hauled in 134 receptions for 2,839 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was a 3-star prospect by 247Sports and committed to play football at Georgia State.


Thrash gained experience by playing in 3 games during his redshirt season at Georgia State and caught 2 passes for 17 yards. In his redshirt freshman year he was a backup receiver who played in 9 games and hauled in 9 passes for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Panthers.


In 2021, Thrash as a redshirt sophomore, led Georgia State in receptions and yards, with 32 and 452. Last season, he became a draft prospect with his performance for the Panthers. He started 12 games and was dominating all season, with 61 catches and 1,122 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was an honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele and was 13th in all of college football in receiving yards. He took his strong performance and parlayed it by entering the transfer portal and deciding to continue playing football for Louisville to face stronger competition and help his draft stock.


So far this season, Thrash has been Louisville’s #1 receiver and has collected 50 catches for 741 yards and 6 touchdowns.


Thrash is a weapon as a downfield receiver who can put pressure on defensive backs when he hits top speed. He tracks the ball well and raises his hands to catch the ball, making it difficult on defensive backs to make a play. He has effective short yardage quickness and cutting ability, helping him to come open right off the snap. He is one of the best route runners in the class, and he uses his hips and head well to deke defenders in routes. He does a good job of contorting his body and on several occasions this season, he has made difficult catches on bad Jack Plummer throws. When running straight line routes, he does an effective job of changing speeds to blow by defenders who bite on his adjustments.


On the downside, Thrash is not as competitive as you would expect on 50/50 balls and struggles to outmuscle defenders. He has issues with breaking off routes and being creative when a play breaks down and tends to give up on plays too fast, instead of finding open space. Zone coverage seems to give him problems in finding soft spots on the field and he is more active in man-to-man situations. He is great in open space but does not play physically as teams may like at the next level. As a result, he frequently is brought down by arm tackles. He needs to get better at fighting off press coverage as physical play affects his too often.


Draft 412 sees a nice comparison to Thrash as Curtis Samuel, who was a 2nd round pick in 2017 by Carolina. Thrash will not be a 2nd round pick but he has a high enough ceiling to do the things that Samuel has so far in the NFL. For the most part when Samuel has been healthy, he has been able to be a solid No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver for whoever he has played for. Thrash is an under the radar guy who may not be in that 2nd group of receivers, but should be a valuable piece to a team's wide receiver room.


Strengths


  • Ball tracking

  • Straight line speed

  • Quick slants

  • Body contortion


Weaknesses


  • 50/50 balls

  • Zone

  • Press

  • Breaking tackles


Final Analysis


Jamari Thrash will not get talked about as much as the other receiver prospects but could be a future star in the NFL. He has electric speed and the route running ability to be a handful for NFL defensive backs. He is yet another prospect to pay attention to down the stretch and in the postseason. He will make some team happy in the middle to late rounds of the draft.


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