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De'Anthony Thomas | Running Back

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 173

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Chiefs selected Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas with the No. 124 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Thomas (5-foot-8 5/8, 174) was an all-purpose college dynamo, scoring 46 career touchdowns with 26 on the ground, 15 as a receiver, one on a punt return, and four on kickoffs. He caught 113 balls across three seasons and averaged 8.95 yards per offensive touch. Unfortunately, Thomas is not only size deficient but speed deficient for his size (4.50), inevitably prone to injury, and lacks any hint of physicality. The classic "track guy" trying to play football, Thomas is a virtual lock to go down as a nice college player who couldn't cut it in the NFL. It's the norm for ex-Oregon offensive skill-position players. May 10 - 2:25 PM

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Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas will visit with the Bears on Tuesday.

We also know that he was put through the paces by Atlanta two weeks back. Thomas (5-foot-8 5/8, 174 pounds) shouldn't have much to prove after his performance at Oregon’s pro day, blurring to forty times of 4.34 and 4.35 seconds. The slight burner averaged 7.8 yards per carry with the Ducks and collected four touchdowns on kick returns.
Apr 7 - 6:59 PM

Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas was "absolutely electric" Thursday at Oregon’s pro day, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Thomas (5-foot-8 5/8, 174 pounds) ran speed-of-light forties of 4.34 and 4.35 seconds. He added a 34-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-3 broad jump, a 4.21 second short shuttle and a three-cone drill time of 6.83 seconds. "Thomas is going to be a lot like a running back version of Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson," wrote Brandt. "That is, Thomas will be a luxury for an NFL team, which will have to design a special set of plays for him to get him on the field. Thomas is really special as far as being an athlete is concerned. A lot of people will be chasing him around on the field, but I don’t think he can hold up at his structure/size."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 7:43 PM

A paradigm shift in the NFL will aid Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas' draft stock, according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

"Because of his speed and playmaking ability, in today's NFL he's more valuable than he would have been six, eight, 10 years ago," Mayock said, when asked about Thomas as a wide receiver prospect. "He probably goes in the fourth-round area. ... He's a kickoff guy, plus we got to get him 10 touches a game. How do we manufacture those 8 to 10 touches a game so he can make those plays for us that he did at Oregon?" Thomas could do his stock a lot of favors by besting the field in the 40-yard dash in Indy.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 8:04 PM

Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas employs "legitimate track speed," according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

The burner averaged 7.8 yards per carry with the Ducks and collected four touchdowns on kick returns. Thomas competed on the Oregon track team and ran the fastest 200 meter time (20.61 seconds) by a high school athlete in 2010. "It wouldn't surprise anyone in the scouting community if Thomas ended up posting the fastest time in Indy," wrote Jeremiah.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 4:11 PM

Oregon junior RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas will declare for the NFL draft.

Thomas will be seen as a luxury in the NFL, and it could be argued he was considered that this year for the Ducks. His career could travel in the way of Darren Sproles', which is best case scenario, or Dexter McCluster's, a role player who has not lived up to expectations. Every team might not be a great fit, but we would not be surprised if Thomas lands in the late second-round. He registered 246 yards and one touchdown through the air in 2013, while totaling 594 yards and another eight scores on the ground.
Source: Go Ducks
Jan 5 - 9:07 PM

Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas accumulated 83 rushing yards on 16 attempts and caught six passes for 74 yards in Saturday's loss to Arizona.

Thomas is having a memorable season for the wrong reasons. The dynamic back said his Ducks would "at least put up 40" against Stanford in the week leading up to Oregon's upset loss, and he told the media this past week that it was no big deal for the Ducks to go to the Rose Bowl again. Of course, that's no longer a possibility after Oregon was crushed by the Wildcats. Without Marcus Mariota, the Ducks may not have occasion to be overconfident next season.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 09:30:00 PM

Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas collected 30 rushing yards on six attempts and caught four passes for 45 yards in Thursday's loss to Stanford.

Thomas famously said "we should at least put up 40" against the Cardinal earlier this week. Oregon scored zero points through three quarters, but the Ducks dug out from a 26-0 hole with three fourth quarter touchdowns before falling short. "I don't care if De'Anthony Thomas runs a 4.2 at the Combine," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted during the game. "I just don't see a 1st round prospect."
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 12:09:00 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas projects as a slot receiver at the next level.

"Thomas isn't going to have much room inside the tackle box, but his speed could be a factor on the perimeter," Jeremiah said of Thomas' role against Stanford. "He has soft hands and he's incredibly elusive when he gets the ball in space." He has a very narrow build, and won't win in contested situations at the catch point, but Thomas shines in the open field.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 01:32:00 PM

Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas said the Ducks should "at least put up 40" against Stanford on Thursday.

The comment was in response to a question about whether the Cardinal could hold the Ducks to 14 points again; Stanford upset Oregon 17-14 last year. "I don't think so," Thomas replied. "I feel like, this team, we should at least put up 40." The comment wasn't made maliciously, and Las Vegas is leaning toward agreement. The Ducks are currently 10.5-point favorites.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:09:00 PM

Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas may not put up big stats in his return to the field Saturday against UCLA, but "could well be the piece that determines how the game unfolds," according to NFL.com's Dan Greenspan.

Thomas missed three games while suffering from an ankle injury he sustained in a victory over California on September 28. Thomas could "occupy outside linebackers Anthony Barr and Myles Jack" through scheme versatility, according to Greenspan. "He plays running back kind of like a returner at times," UCLA linebacker coach Jeff Ulbrich said. "The beauty of Devin, like the beauty of No. 6 (Thomas), is the fact that the play is always alive and the blockers know that. When you have a belief as a blocker that your guy is always alive, you block harder, you block longer, you finish."
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:45:00 AM

Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas expects to play against UCLA on Saturday.

"I'm ready," Thomas said. "I'm hungry and ready to get back on the field." Thomas has missed three straight games while suffering from an ankle injury he sustained on the opening kickoff in a victory over California on September 28. The offensive dynamo collected 338 rushing yards and six touchdowns in Oregon's first three games.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 06:20:00 PM

Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas will play against Washington.

Thomas has been dealing with an ankle injury and missed the Colorado game because of it. We don't know how much he will see the field, since many writers associated with the team thought he was very questionable to play, but Thomas will impact Washington's defense no matter what.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, according to running backs coach Gary Campbell.

Oregon has not disclosed Thomas' current health status, and his availability for this weekend's game against Washington is also unknown. Thomas injured his right ankle against Cal and missed last week's contest against Colorado. The offensive dynamo shed his walking boot on Monday and media on the scene reported that he was walking without a limp. The Ducks can play coy with Thomas' status all they want, but we'd bet one of Chip Kelly's old Oregon visors that the offensive weapon will play against the Huskies.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 05:23:00 PM

Oregon junior OW De'Anthony Thomas shed the walking boot on his right foot and was not seen limping on Monday.

Thomas did not play against Colorado because of the injured right ankle. The Ducks have a difficult matchup against Washington, but expect to see Thomas early and often. Oregon's offense has not been slowed this season.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 04:09:00 PM