Kansas City Chiefs NFL Draft Profile: Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas

Kansas City Chiefs NFL Draft Profile: Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas
April 10, 2014, 10:00 am
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De'Anthony Thomas (RB), Oregon

6'0" | 202 lbs.

2013 stats:

96 CAR, 594 YDS, 8 TD, 22 REC, 246 YDS, TD


4th Round, 124th pick (Kansas City Chiefs)

What the scouts are saying:

"Without question, Thomas is the most electric player in the 2014 draft. He boasts remarkable elusiveness, instant acceleration and the speed to pull away from defenders to make him a legitimate threat to score each time he touches the ball. Shows good vision, locating holes and slithering through them to get into the open field." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)

"A deluxe, specialty back and potential slot receiver with game-breaking return ability, Thomas can be an explosive mismatch weapon in multiple facets of the game. Diminutive stature will decrease the odds he'll be able to stay healthy in the pros, and his commitment to the game will dictate his future success." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"With his play-making skill set, Thomas could be a nice value pick on the third day of the draft as a runner, receiver and special teams contributor. He probably will be mostly a backup running back and receiver while being featured on special teams." (WalterFootball.com)

"Serious questions about Thomas' translation at the next level stem because he doesn't have the size or strength to play a starting position. Will he play his natural position of running back, or does he convert to wide receiver? Even at Oregon where the lineman operate using wider splits and the offense spreads the field, Thomas still had difficulty running between the tackles. " (NFLDraftGeek.com)

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