De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (HT: 5’8⅝", WT: 174 lbs)
Fourth Round: 124th Pick
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- Great burst; he explodes around the corner or through the hole demonstrating excellent acceleration.
- Despite a disappointing 4.50 at the NFL Scouting Combine, he possesses track speed and is a threat to take it the distance at any time.
- Very quick, has excellent lateral agility and is able to cut on a dime.
- Elusive in the open field, shows the ability to make defenders miss on in space and can make himself skinny in the hole.
- Versatile playmaker that can run, catch and return.
- A good enough receiver that he may have the potential to develop into a full-time option in the slot.
- Catches the ball cleanly away from his body, plucking it easily outside his frame.
- Dangerous after the catch with a combination of speed, agility and elusiveness that allows him to squeeze extra yardage out of any given play.
- Runs decent routes both out of the backfield and in the slot.
- Has nimble feet and can tip-toe on the sideline, staying inbounds.
- Demonstrates vision to identify cutback lanes and find daylight.
- Was often utilized in motion at Oregon; he can be moved around the formation to identify coverage and create mismatches.
- Compact build makes it possible to lose sight of him in traffic.
- Explosive kick and punt returner; he returned four kicks for touchdowns at Oregon and averaged 17.1 yards per punt return.
- Very small with a slight build. Stands only 5’8.625” and is at least 20 pounds too light for an NFL running back, having weighed in at only 174 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- Lack of mass makes it difficult to withstand punishment, especially between the tackles. His momentum can be stopped or redirected, and he often goes down on first contact.
- Not a powerful or bruising runner that will break many tackles; he cannot run through defenders and is not effective inside.
- Tends to be hesitant when his lanes are congested, running tentatively and occasionally dancing behind the line of scrimmage.
- Does not churn his legs once he has been hit and does not generate much yardage after contact.
- May not be seen by many teams as capable of contributing at running back; he could be more of a gadget player to some.
- Not good in short-yardage situations due to lack of size and power and cannot push the pile forward.
- A very limited blocker due to his size; he can be overwhelmed in pass protection
- Has extremely small hands, measuring only 8.125".
- Long-term durability could be a concern. He missed four games in 2013 due to an ankle injury and never looked the same after returning.
- Honorable mention All-Pac-12 2012.
- First-team All-Pac-12 kick returner 2011.
- Pac-12 co-Offensive Freshman of the Year 2011.
- Averaged 25.8 yards per kick return in college, returning four for touchdowns.
- His nickname is the "Black Mamba."
- Family and human services major.
Among college football’s most dynamic players, De’Anthony Thomas made the decision to forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft. A versatile and electric playmaker capable of catching the ball and returning kicks or punts, he could have immediate value to a team. One concern, however, is that he is too small to play the role he did at Oregon and is simply a gadget player without a true NFL position. Still, he possesses a skill set that, if used correctly, could allow him to become one of the league’s more exciting weapons.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round