Cleveland Browns select Jamari Thrash in fifth round of 2024 NFL Draft

Louisville receiver Jamari Thrash has been selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, taken with the No. 156 overall pick.

Thrash was one of the most explosive receivers in the country over the last few years.

He translated his production at a lower level to the ACC when he moved from Georgia State to Louisville for his final season in college. The results were similar to his breakout 2022 campaign at Georgia State.

In the last two years, Thrash has logged 124 catches for 1,980 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He hasn’t done it a ton, but he has also recorded the occasional rush from scrimmage, showing some effectiveness by running for a score at Louisville last season.

Prior to enrolling at Georgia State in 2019, Jamari Thrash was a three-star prospect and the No. 1,587 overall recruit in the 2019 recruiting class, according to the On3 Industry Rankings.

He also checked in as the No. 230 wide receiver in the class and the No. 148 overall player in the state of Georgia, hailing from Lagrange (GA) Troup County.

What NFL Draft analysts are saying about Jamari Thrash

The big concern with Thrash is his size and ability to play a more physical game in the NFL. He’s not the biggest receiver, checking in at 6 foot, 188 pounds.

Still, he proved he could be a deep threat repeatedly in college and that won’t disappear at the next level.

Wrote NFL Network analyst Lance Zierlein in evaluating Jamari Thrash:

“Thrash makes up with speed what he gives away with play strength. He has an extensive history of stretching the field, showing an ability to find a second gear on deep routes or on short catches that turn into chunk plays. He’ll have some issues against NFL press, but formational consideration could help in that regard.

“Thrash has the physical ability to run a more complete route tree as a pro, but a lack of hand strength and frame size create too many drops and losses on contested catches. Thrash has the potential to work inside or outside but has excessive feast-or-famine qualities.”

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