'Money' Mike Thomas is making himself some

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Former Arizona receiver Mike Thomas, often overlooked because he's really, really short, is turning heads because he's really, really good.

Thomas, who stands 5-foot-8, earned a late invitation to the Senior Bowl after an outstanding performance in the East-West Shrine game, where he caught five passes for 73 yards -- both game highs -- and a touchdown, and had a 23-yard punt return that set up a field goal.

So how has he done at Senior Bowl practices? Check out these notes:

Monday Practice Notes: Terrific day for Thomas. He ran great routes and constantly got separation from defenders who did not have a chance to defend the pass. Thomas also caught the ball very well and showed consistent hands throughout the day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Once again Thomas was incredibly productive in all aspects. He ran good routes and constantly got separation. Thomas really impressed with his toughness and willingness to fight for the reception -- and for the most part always came away with the ball.
Wednesday Practice Notes: We hate to gush about Thomas but the pint-sized receiver has been brilliant. No one has been able to cover him and Thomas has out-run defenders, out-quicked them or physically beat them down for the catch.

And there's this from University of Richmond legend Todd McShay:

Speaking of Thomas, he has taken full advantage of the all-star game circuit, starting with the East-West Shrine game and continuing to add to his solid résumé here at the Senior Bowl. Thomas' consistency has caught the attention of scouts. He continues to display excellent quickness off the line of scrimmage that gives him an adequate initial cushion to work with against defenders. He also has been able to create separation with quick and crisp cuts out his stem. His hands have been his most impressive trait, though. He's been able to haul in almost every pass he can get his hands on over the past two weeks. Thomas has a chance to make himself a lot of money coming out of this week if he can sustain his current level through Saturday's game action.

As we said, Mike is Money.